Three Asian youth leaders were elected to the Religions for Peace International Youth Committee (IYC) during the RfP 10th World Assembly held last 20-23 August 2019 in Lindau, Germany.
We recognize that as young religious leaders from Buddhist, Christian, Confucian, Hindu, and Muslim faiths, we are uniquely empowered by the wisdom of spirituality and ecology to encourage our communities to take action on climate change. As young leaders who are committed to inter-religious understanding, co-operation and action, we pledge to work side by side with people of all faiths, ethnicity and cultures to change the way we consume resources, and to act in a manner that will restore and conserve the Earth for the generations to come.
We, the members of the Religions for Peace Asia & the Pacific Interfaith Youth Network (APIYN), have gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia from 12th to 15th December 2017 for the 4th Religions for Peace Asia Interfaith Youth Peace Camp. Convened with the theme “Raising Awareness on Climate Change: Our Earth, Our Responsibility”, we are inspired by our Indonesian brothers and sisters as they teach us the Indonesian value Gotong Royong for our Earth, it means taking common actions together to help each other.
The host country for the 2016 camp was the Philippines, which faces the greatest threats due to the impact of environmental damage, caused by climate change and rising global temperatures. The impact of climate change is evident by a myriad of factors such as worsening weather patterns, extreme heat brought on by El Nino, and severe rainfalls caused by super typhoons.
Religions for Peace Asia and the Pacific Interfaith Youth Network (RfP-APIYN) renewed its commitment to addressing climate change through concerted efforts based on multi-faith cooperation in the 3rdAsian Religious Youth Peace Camp with the theme “Responding to the Marginalized Communities’ Vulnerability to Climate Change: Strengthening Common Actions and Empowering Asia-Pacific Interfaith Youth Leaders” on November 17th to 20th 2016.