Fostering Love in Young Environmental Leaders
We live in a digital-age. A Rocha’s E3 wilderness program encourages young people to spend 11 days “unplugged” and experience the beauty, wonder and vastness of creation up close and personal.
In December 2015, A Rocha, in partnership with Scripture Union and Adventure Specialities, ran a new E3 Wilderness Expedition in the Otago region. Eleven teenagers tramped, rafted, and mountain-biked 150km from the top of the Haast Pass to Wanaka in the Otago region. Students were encouraged to reconnect with their surroundings as they engaged in bird-watching and re-baiting predator traps that protect endangered birds. Students reflected upon leadership; their own personal talents; future plans/goals; and Jesus’ particular concern for the marginalised and the planet. Students noted how much they had enjoyed being “disconnected from devices”; their awe and appreciation for nature; cooking and eating together; and a greater love for creation and their Creator.
Steven Bouma-Prediger writes: “We care for only what we love. We love only what we know. We truly know only what we experience.” (For the Beauty of the Earth, p. 21). A Rocha’s E3 program aims to develop a generation of future leaders who love and care for all of creation. In December 2016 A Rocha will be involved in the running of two more E3 expeditions. If you know of a young person with leadership gifts who would benefit from such an experience, shoulder-tap them today and contact [email protected] for further information.