Faith-motivated Youth: Stand Up for the Environment

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The connection between conservation and faith is strong.

Monks in Cambodia advocate for protecting the endangered dolphins that swim near their Buddhist temples. Nunneries across the Himalayas invest in solar power.

The connection also is empowering. Given their large numbers, people who are motivated by their faith can move mountains if they want to. This is especially true of people in their teens and 20s, who make up nearly half of our global population. Imagine the difference faith-motivated youth can make if they become advocates for protecting wildlife and wild places.

How Can I Get Involved?

Show the world that the youth of America care about the environment. Start by signing our pledge to be an advocate for conservation. You’ll receive actions you can take each month.

But don’t stop there. Being an advocate means leading by example. Here are some actions you can take today:

World Youth Day

Pope Francis spoke on behalf of the Amazon basin in July, at World Youth Day in Brazil. He called for “respect and protection of the entire creation which God has entrusted to man.” This creation, he said, should not “be indiscriminately exploited, but rather made into a garden.” While many followed the event in the media, some three million youth – including a large contingent from the U.S. - attended so they could deepen their faith, build community, and contemplate how best to spread the gospel.

Voices of Youth

Calvin Jackson

An Eye-Opening Visit to Shenandoah Valley

By Calvin Jackson

"To wake up and simply walk outside and be able to breathe the air that nature intended for us to breathe is truly an experience that every man should endeavor."

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