Ten members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are visiting Nicaragua to examine the effects of climate change. They will also study how extreme poverty, hunger and climate change interrelate.
“Participants will learn about the scientific basis of climate change and many of its anticipated and concrete manifestations, with a special emphasis on those related to hunger and poverty,” said Mary Minette, director for environmental policy and education, ELCA Church in Society.
“By seriously examining this important issue and listening to the stories of our Nicaraguan brothers and sisters, the delegation will participate in the church’s mission of accompaniment and companionship,” she said.
To prepare for the trip the group participated in reflective sessions. Participants also signed a covenant committing themselves to group and individual goals, which include writing stories, creating video, sharing photographs and presenting a workshop for churches and communities. The participants’ projects are designed for them to share their understanding of the implications of climate change on the poor.
Some participants will carry forward their work to the Ecumenical Advocacy Days in New York and Washington DC from 13-16 March 2009. The event offers an opportunity for Christians to speak with members of Congress about their experiences and the need to provide substantial funding for vulnerable communities affected by climate change.
Information about the trip to Nicaragua can be found at: http://blogs.ELCA.org/09nicaraguatrip