Bearing witness for climate justice and the fullness of life

By Chuck Baclagon

Penuel is one of the few theological institutions that have become deeply involved in the struggle for climate justice in the Philippines.

The school has been part of the recent surge of youth and student-led mobilizations known as the Global Climate Strikes that were inspired by the Swedish youth activist Greta Tunberg.

Youth climate advocates together with different sectors light up Christmas lanterns with their climate demands to world leaders meeting this coming Dec 2-13 in Madrid Spain for the United Nation Climate Change Conference. This action is part of the Global Strike 4 Future, in which millions of demonstrators worldwide will be calling on individuals and all levels of government to work together to take urgent action to tackle the defining issue of our time-climate change.

The participation of Penuel in both the September 20 at the University of the Philippines College of Science Amphitheatre and the November 29 strikes in Liwasang Bonifacio was a product of its longstanding partnership with different players in the Philippine climate justice movement, including Pilipinas, which has facilitated an ongoing conversation with the faculty and the student body through a series of educational discussions and film screenings, that has not only challenged the community to radically shift away from the traditional understanding of climate change and environmentalism from the lens of creation care and stewardship –to one that bears witness to the ministry of proclaiming and struggling for the fullness of life by speaking truth to power which lies at the very heart of the Gospel

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