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.
We uphold the core value of our Cambodian youth network, which emphasized the words of the Buddha, Hatred shall never be ceased by hatred, but by the absence of hatred, in our response and strategies in responding to the above issues. We are most reverent to their response of love and forgiveness to the perpetrators of the awful crimes against humanity perpetuated only a few decades ago by the Khmer Rouge regime for the sake of building a harmonious and progressive Cambodia.