I spent a week in Paris but never saw the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre. Good thing I’d seen the sights on previous visits, because my assignment for the Lutheran World Federation kept me busy nearly every waking moment I was on the ground. The LWF joined ecumenical advocacy efforts by the World Council of Churches and ACT Alliance to bring the voices of those most affected by climate change to the political leaders who would be influencing the negotiations for a new climate treaty. Two of their key awareness-raising initiatives were the Fast for the Climate and People’s Pilgrimage. A gallery of my images are available (and free to use with attribution) on the WCC photo site here.
The LWF delegation was made up of seven youth delegates from around the world, plus their general secretary, Martin Junge, and two staff. I really enjoyed working with them and look forward to the potential for future assignments—fingers crossed for COP22 in Marakesh! You can continue to follow their work on the LWF for Climate Justice Facebook page. Scroll down there and you’ll see some of the images and videos I produced for them. Here are some of my favorite moments:
I also shot a number of short videos for social media. Here are a few highlights, you can see the rest on the LWF Youth YouTube channel.