Tess Corkish, Catholic Earthcare’s Youth Engagement Officer, talks jet setting and international networking at the Emerging Leaders Multi-Faith Climate Convergence in Rome.
In the early hours of Friday the 26th of June I’m setting off for Rome for the first ever Emerging Leaders Multi-Faith Climate Convergence. This is an amazing chance to meet other 21-40 year olds from around the globe who are doing great things for the climate in their faith groups. I’ve been to Rome twice before, and even to the Vatican, but nothing will be able to top the opportunity to network with likeminded people from all around the world and gather in St Peter’s Square to thank Pope Francis for his leadership. Greenfaith and Our Voices are kindly sponsoring me to attend and Catholic Earthcare is funding the last 20% of my trip, so I will be going along as both a leader in my own right, but also as a representative of Catholic Earthcare.
The faith perspective is a unique one, and one with which I believe many of you will identify. It is a space that values creation as a gift from God and ascribes it with that value. My faith and my call to social justice have always shaped my response to climate change and I am very keen to meet a number of others who share my concern and my journey.
My work for at least the next six months will be engaging Catholic young people around the encyclical, and I am just so excited to open up this space as a welcoming and loving one for other young people engaging with the same issues as I am.