Issue II: Generations in Dialogue

II-01 | Intergene­rational Dialogue on Environment

An interview by Agathe Sagne 07|15|2021

Intergenerational Dialogue on Environment


Ela Gandhi, Chair of the Gandhi Development Trust and Co-President of Religions for Peace, and Eda Molla Chousein, Program Coordinator of the Interfaith Youth Network, Religions for Peace in England were the first two guests at the Dialogue of Generations. In this Facebook live interview, they shared how different and how similar their two generations think about the issue of environmental protection.

The conversation was conducted by Agathe Sagne of the Religions for Peace Youth Media Team.

How do you feel about the future? Are you confident or do you have doubts?

“I feel insecure when I think as an individual,” Eda Molla Chousein responds to the first question, “I also feel secure when I think as a collective.” When she looks at how young people would come together as a community to stand up for the same cause, she says, it makes her feel confident.

For Ela Gandhi, it sounds similar: “I’m very confident about the new generation of young people. When we look at people like Greta and others who have spoken out on the issues that we’re concerned about. I think that’s what we need.”

In the 45-minute conversation between the young and old generation, you will learn why Ela Gandhi believes that science cannot exist without faith and faith cannot exist without science. It is necessary to balance the two with each other.

In addition, the two talk to each other about whether and what the younger generation can learn from the old. Ela Gandhi is also of the opinion that the old generation can – and must – learn something from the younger generation.

One of the central questions is: In view of climate change, the effects of which will affect the younger generation more than the old, who should take the lead in this matter? On this central question, both generations have an almost identical expectation.

„I think this dialogue helps me to understand young people better. Because you bring a lot to the table, a lot of new ideas, a lot of new thoughts, a lot of enthusiasm and spirit. This is good to know, good to see and good to learn from. So thank you.”

Ela Gandhi

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Peace Dialogues on Faith and Diplomacy

We would also like to know what you think about it? Are you more confident or more pessimistic about the future – in terms of environmental protection? Share your thoughts with us. And do so in our new Facebook group: “Peace Dialogues on Faith and Diplomacy


II-01 | Intergene­rational Dialogue on Environment

Ela Gandhi and Eda Molla Chousein are the two guests on the first “Dialogue of the Generations” video talk. They discuss how their two generations think differently and in the same way about environmental protection.

II-02 | Jeffrey Sachs: “We are at a critical juncture”

Jeffrey Sachs takes the old generations to task: those who are now in power must act. Read also why a decision by the German Federal Constitutional Court should set a precedent worldwide.

II-03 | What makes a person young and what makes a person old, Philbert Aganyo?

Philbert Aganyo is the team leader from Religions for Peace’s Youth Media Team. But considering his age, one might say es is not that young any more? But is age the crucial factor for leadership? Learn what he thinks about the difference between age and youth.

II-04 | Intergene­rational Dialogue on Peace and Security

“How do you feel about the future? What do you see ahead of us? Are you confident or are you doubtful?”, moderator Ana Clara Giovani asks the two guests of our Intergenerational Dialogue on Peace and Security right in the beginning. The answers differ.

II-05 | “We cannot afford to ignore religion when it comes to peace and conflict”

Human Rights can never be “won” because there are always people who will fight hard to reverse any gains made, says Andrew Gilmour. Learn, why the head of the Berghof Foundation thinks nations should prepare their population mentally for a rising migration.

II-06 | Intergene­rational Dialogue on Humanitarianism

What is humanitarianism to you, and why is it important to engage in humanitarian work? And what is your message to people who have lost hope in doing humanitarian work? Two of many questions Dr. Vinu Aram and Dr. Renz Argao were happy to answer in our third “Intergenerational Dialogue”.

II-07 | “Slavery is not a horror safely confined to the past”

Human trafficking is a business that is flourishing all over the world, even in Europe, because it has low risks and high profits, as Spanish social worker Alejandra Acosta explains. She is the founder of the organization “Break the Silence” that fights against trafficking and modern slavery.

II-08 | „Investing money in virtuous endeavors, if done without spiritual arrogance, will bring blessings”

Jonathan Granoff is the president of the Global Security Institute based in New York. At the 2021 conference, he presented a paper calling for religious institutions to use their financial resources in harmony with their values.  We talked with him about whether there is such a thing as a moral return in addition to financial returns.