Faith for Our Planet is looking for the next generation of interfaith leaders in climate action. If you’re one, apply now!
Faith For Our Planet, in partnership with Duke University’s prestigious Divinity School, has launched an exciting new program for climate conscious youth leaders from around the world. Whether you are a religious leader, a climate activist, an early career professional in a faith-based organization or a recent graduate who’s just starting out – as long as you’re eager to learn how to mobilize faith communities to combat climate change, they’ve got you covered.
25 young leaders will have the opportunity to participate in a unique program that will help them develop the skills and networks they need to create impactful faith-based climate action projects. On this journey, they will be trained by distinguished specialists in the field of religious studies, climate change, policy, media, and sustainable development who will help them acquire knowledge and skills in eco-theology, systems thinking, community mobilization, advocacy and more.
Applications for the FFOP Youth Fellowship (2024) will open between July 18th to August 10th, 2023. We encourage all interested parties to apply as soon as possible as seats are limited.
About the Program
The fellowship is a fully funded, week-long residential program at Duke University for the next generation of faith leaders. This is an invaluable opportunity for young climate conscious individuals from all faiths and walks of life to become a part of a global network of religious actors engaged in climate action.
Through expert lectures, interactive sessions, policy dialogues, and vocational training, fellows will explore various themes and tap into transferable skills to curate impactful faith-based climate action projects for their respective communities. The curriculum will be delivered by distinguished specialists in the field of theology, climate change, policy, media, and sustainable development.
As part of the program, our fellows will benefit from knowledge on:
- The interplay between religious beliefs, environmental consciousness and climate action
- Systems thinking: Identifying the political and economic paradigms of climate change
- Project planning and community mobilization
- Strategic communications
- Climate advocacy and community outreach
Upon completion of the program, our Fellows will join the ranks of the FFOP Fellowship Alumni Association, providing them with various opportunities to be part of FFOP’s regional events, as well as climate and interfaith campaigns.
Note: All travel, visa, accommodation, and subsistence costs will be provided by Faith For Our Planet.
Vision and Approach of the Faith For Our Planet Youth Fellowship 2024
The program is designed to convene the next generation of interfaith leaders and changemakers who will apply the learnings from the fellowship to benefit their communities, organizations, and institutions. We cultivate trust and understanding by connecting individuals across faiths, cultures and sectors, while building their knowledge and skills on climate action and how to channel their ideologies into shared responsibilities.
Through this process, FFOP generates trust and an increased value of making a difference, and more importantly, an improved understanding of the role of religion and faith leaders in generating impactful climate action.
Through this initiative, we will focus on specific skills of the next generation of global faith leaders to:
- Better understand the importance and urgency of climate action by equipping them with an improved understanding of climate change through a systems-based approach.
- Better utilize skills and methods on community mobilization and social action, such as communication, building public narratives, resource mobilization, project planning for their climate action projects/initiatives.
- “Think Globally, Act Locally” as agents of change capable of conceptualizing climate crisis as a shared cause yet articulated to suit local needs.
- Engage with and build powerful networks with other young leaders, experts in the field, premised on mitigating climate change.
- be between the ages of 20 to 30 (required)
- have acquired or be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program (be at least in the 3rd year of their degree program)
- A degree in environment, religious studies, philosophy, or any number of relevant fields is preferred. Equally, relevant work experience (paid, volunteer, internships, etc.) are also considered
- an established local network (social, professional, religious, etc.) or willingness to mobilize accessible local network,
- a keen interest in learning about the interplay of religious beliefs and environmental stewardship
- commitment to lead a faith-based climate action project,
- good communication skills and a fluency in English,
- a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and interfaith cooperation
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