Sunday, 5 August 2012
THE INTERFAITH YOUTH INITIATIVE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
YAACC has rolled out the Interfaith Youth Initiative on Climate Change (IYICC) as one way of achieving broader reach with the action and message of climate change. Initially started in Mzimba District, when youth Leaders representing different denominations were trained on the basics of climate change, the programme has rolled out in Rumphi District with a preliminary stakeholder consultation process (SCP) held on 2 August, 2013.
During this SCP in Rumphi, YAACC hosted a total of fourteen youth delegates (aged between 15-25) from seven different faith groups and denominations (Presbyterians, Catholic, Church of Christ, Anglican, New Apostolic, Living Waters, and Islam). The meeting was dominated by a discussion cession whereby delegates brainstormed issues with an aim of coming up with a solid project idea/concept, and strategy for implementation and resource mobilization.
In the end, it was resolved that a steering body/committee be instituted to run the affairs of the network and a patron/organization be identified to offer guidance to the initiative.Next meeting is slated for any day between 10 and 15 August, 2012.
The enthusiasm and passion shown by the delegates gives us, at YAACC, absolute belief that climate change is not a lost battle.