21 European Justice & Peace Commissions came together for their Annual International Workshop and General Assembly which was held in Belgium from the 1st till the 4th of October. The theme chosen for this year’s meetings was “Integral Ecology: overcoming the social and environmental crises.” Daniel Darmanin, president of the Justice and Peace Commission (Malta) attended the four-day meeting.

In their final declaration, the delegates highlighted the need for structural change as a cornerstone of climate change policy. Whilst ecological conversion at a personal level is important, it is not enough. Moreover, this ecological transition needs to be both fair and just. The Workshop, co-organised and co-hosted by the Flemish and French-speaking Justice and Peace Commissions in Belgium, was based on the methodology of “See, Judge, Act”. In a symbolic action which illustrated their commitment to move from reflection to action, attendees also planted an apple tree in a Beguinage.

To read the final declaration, press here.