Climate Actions Through The Roads Not Taken

Ecopeace Teen Cafe organised a one-day training programme on climate action titled “Climate Action Through the Roads Not Taken: The New Way of Environmental Peacebuilding” on March 25, 2023, at Punalur Social Service Society Hall, Punalur, Kollam. Ms Greshma P. Raju, the founder of Ecopeace Teen Cafe, facilitated the training programme. The inaugural dialogue was presided over by Fr. Vineeth Benedict L, the Director of the Environment Commission of the Diocese of Punalur. Rev Fr Dr Johnson Joseph, Director of Punalur Social Service Society offered a message on environmental conservation during the dialogue. Dr Abraham Karickam, URI Asia Region Secretary General, offered the keynote speech, and he encouraged participants to take
climate action to protect the rights of the environment. 20 young people from the Kerala Catholic Youth Movement of Punalur Forane attended the training session.

“I asked participants to go out and feel nature during the the training. I was surprised by the findings of the participants and the connection they created with nature in a few minutes. They said they found new insects they had never seen before, and some were thinking about medicinal plants and their uses. Some participants shared that they are concerned about the nature, which these tiny insects may be affected by climate change, and the next generation could not see these plants and animals. The experience shared by the participants reflected the lost connection between humans and nature.”

Greshma P Raju, Founder, Ecopeace Teen Cafe