Youth for Eco-Justice: Jessica Morthorpe

The World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation co-organize Youth for Eco-Justice, starting parallel to the UN Climate Change Summit in Durban, South Africa, at the end of November. In a series of blog posts, the participants are introducing themselves

Name: Jessica Morthorpe
Age: 24
Country of origin: Australia
Church of origin: Kippax Uniting Church

The most important things in my life are my faith and my passion for the environment and conservation. If I can help just one of God’s precious species avoid extinction before I die then I think I will have served some useful purpose.

I wish that in Durban the world would take decisive action to fight climate change and to support the people and other life that are going to suffer because of it even if we act now. I wish that the leaders present would have the courage to stand up and take leadership and to do what is right, even if it isn’t easy or popular.

I would like to continue to work with the wonderful churches of my country through the Five Leaf Eco-Awards to raise awareness of the need for eco-justice and to take personal and corporate responsibility for doing something about it. I would also like to encourage them to become more involved, not just in sustainability, but also in protecting God’s creatures and those people who suffer injustice due to the way we treat God’s creation.


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