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Presentation given at PWNE London regional meeting on 10th May 2010

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Interact presentation

  1. 1. Building understanding between faiths through common action
  2. 2. What we do <ul><li>We work with young people aged 14-25 from all faith backgrounds and none to encourage positive interaction and social action </li></ul><ul><li>We have several strands to our work, including arts and media and the environment. </li></ul><ul><li>We work across London and with students across the country to bring together people of different faiths together to make a positive impact on their local and national communities. </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation will focus on how we work to engage young people with each other and their environment </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>One World </li></ul><ul><li>One People </li></ul><ul><li>One Issue </li></ul><ul><li>One Call for Action </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>… the control of climate change, ultimately the welfare of the environment is an issue of survival for everybody. It’s not a question that can be addressed by one society alone, by one religious tradition alone, by one state alone; it’s something that demands collaboration; but collaboration will only happen effectively when people trust one another to be working for each another’s interests in the fullest and clearest way possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Faith and Environmental Action? <ul><li>Climate Change and Environmental Concern is an issue that affects all people across the world </li></ul><ul><li>An estimated 87% of the world consider themselves to belong to a religious community </li></ul><ul><li>Every faith tradition has its own unique relationship with the natural world, but at the heart of all of them is a belief in preservation and respect for the earth </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Whilst some factors, such as historical stereotypes and prejudices, serve to divide religious communities and fuel conflicts, Interact is working to unite young people from different faith backgrounds and none over the global and common issue of climate change and sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>BAME communities are overwhelmingly unrepresented in climate change strategy: Brent council has reported that, despite having a white minority in the borough, the majority of respondents from their climate change strategy questionnaire were of white ethnicity. We are working to present the message and issue of climate change in innovative and creative ways to engage with all communities </li></ul>
  7. 7. What we want to achieve <ul><li>We aim to </li></ul><ul><li>Increase interaction between faith communities </li></ul><ul><li>Empower young people as leaders of their communities and provide them with training and qualification opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Engage those of minority backgrounds in the issue of climate change through innovative projects </li></ul><ul><li>Raise awareness of climate change and how to live a sustainable and environmentally sound lifestyle </li></ul>
  8. 8. Our Projects <ul><li>Faith, Photography and Climate Change </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Awareness Community Leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Interfaith Conservation Volunteering Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Interfaith Environmental Network </li></ul>
  9. 9. How we engage with young people <ul><li>Community Centres and Places of Worship </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer centres and local councils </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking and web-based advertising </li></ul><ul><li>Other youth based, non-for -profit organisations and environmentally focused groups </li></ul>
  10. 10. What young people say <ul><li>‘ Personally the connection between the environment and faith comes from a spiritual place, this project is important in highlighting the similarities between all the faiths: the core message is the connection between humanity and the earth’. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ What engaged me in the project was the chance to gain a skill, but I have learnt so much more than I hoped: about people, faith communities and the positive impact that we could have on the environment together’. </li></ul>
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