October 18 to 25, 2001
WSCF AP initiated an “Ecological Concerns Workshop” as a response to the rapid destruction of eco-system in our region. This workshop aims to enable the WSCF AP constituency to become more aware of the environmental issues affecting the world and particularly the Asian region in order to respond appropriately with a vision and action plan towards a more environmentally sound and sustainable community.
The workshop was held in Taipei on October 18-25, 2001 with 18 participants from 8 SCMs in the Asia-Pacific, including Aotearoa/New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
The workshop was composed of Exposure, Bible Studies, National Reports and Action Plans. During the exposure participants visited Kungliao Nuclear Power Plant that has destroyed the whole eco-system in the Yenliao Bay area. They also climbed up Yan Ming Mountain near Taipei where the nature has been preserved in a good condition. They finally visited Bankah Church which has run a lot of Ecological Programs for the communities for more than 10 years.
The Bible Studies were conducted by Dr. Lin Yih-Ren and Dr. Nancy Chen. Through the Bible Studies, participants tried to articulate a biblical perspective on the ecological issues. Both resource persons spelled out that the Bible reveals the interdependence of the whole creation.
Throughout the National Reports, participants gave a detailed report on the environmental disasters in their own countries, and introduced alternative paradigms of living to sustain eco-system on the earth.
Participants were then divided into sub-regional groups. They were asked to come up with appropriate Action Plans at the national, regional and international level. Followings are the synthesis of Action Plans done by all groups: