Would you like to see the world through God's eyes?
How about working with Him to bring about change?
The 'Caterpillar Effect' might start you on the journey ..
Want to know more about Living the Dream! Check out this Tearfund Youth Blog.
'We’re excited that God is imagining a new world and we’re committed to being part of a miraculous change. Are you?
We think that we need a new way of thinking, a new way to stand together and shout about the things we see when we look at the world around us. Join us as we dream God’s dream together. This is a new conversation, a new rhythm. Are you ready?
We’ve got some amazing plans that will continue to help us live distinctively different lives. Are you ready?'
You can be the catalyst among your friends at school and at church. You could start them on the journey.Together, you could get your local church involved: raising awareness, encouraging and challenging them towards living differently and sustainably, tackling injustice, thinking globally and acting locally.
There a lots of ways of getting your group, church or community involved.
Look around! There’s plenty of stories of young people getting stuck in! Check out the various facebook sites and blogs.
Put on a multimedia, fun session, designed and run by YOU! Get permission from your youth and church leader/s and form a team. Include younger children and your youth leaders, etc., and pool ideas and suggestions.
There are lots of things you could include:
See Working with Young People for many ideas, games, quizzes, drama, etc.
Show a DVD/power point presentation:
Your Kingdom Come (CAFOD)
Operation Noah Video Page
Make your own DVD or power point presentation: Involve others in the production (younger children, etc.) It could be quite short, just a ‘taster’.
CAFOD interactive quiz, power point, games, etc.
*Act a short eco drama: This could be a dramatised Bible story or a modern one. You could even write your own short drama! It could even be interactive and involve the audience. It could even have different optional endings according to the eco ideas/choices made by the audience! .
Prayer and Worship:
See this intriguing poster. ‘A Conversation between Global North and South’ You could design your own conversation!
Devise an Eco Trail: Invite local community (churches, businesses, schools, organisations, residents) to showcase their sustainable lifestyle actions (solar panels, composting, etc.) on a community 'Green Trail' Day.
Go to Songs and Hymns to see a song written by young people. It won a competition!
'Tread Gently - Go Green': Help Your Church be more Eco Friendly
Ask you Youth Leaders for permission and for their help. 'Tread Gently' is full of ideas and action for Youth Groups to help their church 'Go Green'. Often a good place to start is doing a church eco check. Involve all the church (young and old) when you do the check of the buildings, activities, etc. When you have completed the check you could then present it to the whole church! Tell them what you have found out. You could even put the results into a power point presentation or use flip charts. (Remember, if you use flip charts, to write very large and clearly as everyone wants to see your results!) Your check may show that your church is already eco friendly. That’s great news! If so, let Churches Together in Cumbria (CTIC) website know about it and they may want to put it on the website! Your check may show up some ‘gaps’ that the church may wish to address. You could encourage the church to look at taking some eco action. 'Tread Gently' has ideas for 'what next'.
Eco Congregation: You could encourage your church to become an eco congregation and even consider going for an ‘Eco Congregation Award’. See the stories of Seascale Methodist and Hawkshead Hill Baptist Church, who are both Eco Congregations.
Think Globally and Act Locally:
'See what else is happening in the North West and get yourself on the map! See the Climate Change Low Carbon Map: Be the first youth group to tell others in the North West what you are doing about climate change: Log on to Climate Change North West Find out what is happening locally and upload a photo and description of your action on to the new Climate Change North West website Low Carbon Map. See what else is going on! Exchange ideas with other churches and youth groups in the North West..
Build a mutually supportive relationship. Write to each other, share your stories, pray for each other and support each other in eco action in your own communities. See Connected Church
Your voices can make a difference! Young people, here and around the world, are speaking out and bringing about changes.
Check out 'Super Badger'
SuperBadger is Tearfund’s revolutionary Facebook application, uniting thousands of online community users in the fight against global poverty.
It enables you to send pre-written emails direct from your profile to those people who make key decisions affecting those living in poverty. Whether it’s badgering politicians about climate change or badgering supermarkets to stock more Fairtrade products, we all need to be in the movement of Facebook badgers!Photo: Tearfund
This is CAFOD's Youth Campaigning Site
MAYC (Methodist Association of Youth Clubs)
People and Planet Student Action on World Poverty and the Environment
SPEAK is a network connecting together young adults and students to campaign and pray about issues of global injustice.
'Stem the Tide' Methodist Youth Action on Climate Change and Living Sustainably