GOALS
 

  • Explore how our faith calls us to care for God's creation
     

  • Present relevant information
    that supports the need for environmental action

     

  • Engage youth in hands-on activities that help the environment 
     

  • Introduce youth to local organizations/leaders doing environmental work so they have a better understanding of issues and impacts in their local community and so they can connect for future projects
     

  • Instill in our young people an appreciation for the land we live on and inspire them to take action in their families and communities toward positive change for the environment
     

Click HERE to view specific goals outlined in the grant application. 

 

E.C.O. 4 Youth - O‘ahu

E.C.O. 4 Youth - O‘ahu

Campers holding their art made with repurposed materials.

E.C.O. 4 Youth - Maui

E.C.O. 4 Youth - Maui

Youth holding a string of sea creatures made from plastic bottles and sent to congress with a letter demanding action.

At Pu‘u Kukui Watershed Preserve, West Maui

Composting at Mōhala Farms

Presentation by Dyson Chee

Presentation by Dyson Chee

Local youth Dyson Chee of Project O.C.E.A.N. challenges us to beat plastic pollution.

Opening Worship

Opening Worship

Youth gather for opening worship and Bible study in Lahaina, Maui.

Seeds

Seeds

Picking seeds to plant trees in the mountains to prevent runoff into the ocean.

Beach Cleanup

Beach Cleanup

Composting

Composting

Composting at Mōhala Farms

Making Their Voice Heard

Making Their Voice Heard

Youth sign in support of Bill 40 to limit plastic use.

2019

 

Bringing together youth for environmental justice camps was an idea of the Justice & Witness Missional Team. From this idea, “E.C.O. 4 Youth" was developed by various church leaders of the Hawai‘i Conference to provide youth with experiences to learn and engage in Earth Care Opportunities while strengthening relationships across our congregations. 

 

Youth in grades 6-12 were invited to attend one of the two camps offered. Each camp was planned and led by a local leadership team. Twenty-nine youth gathered on Maui in October and 41 youth gathered on O‘ahu in November to learn how we are affecting our environment and what we can do to protect it. Friendships were formed and strengthened among the 70 youth participants representing four islands and ten churches of the Hawai‘i Conference.

 

Building relationships and valuing each other is not only important for us as a Church, but also in our care for the earth. When we recognize our connection to the earth and to one another, we see that our call to love each other is only made possible when we also love and protect the earth.

2019 CAMPS

 

Maui • Waiola Church 
October 10 – 12, 2019
View more PHOTOS
View campers' letter to congress

 

O'ahu • Waialua UCC
November 9 – 11, 2019
View more PHOTOS
View reflections and resolutions

Interested in hosting an "E.C.O. 4 Youth" event? Contact Kristen Young.