20 September 2013

Kenya: Interfaith, Organisations Team Up to Conserve Environment

Nairobi — The Catholic Church in Kenya has teamed up with other faith groups and organisations to save the environment.

Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) in partnership with Mother Earth Network (M-e-Net), Total Kenya, Kenya Forest Service(KFS), the Bahai community, Regional Centre of Expertise Greater Nairobi (RCEGN), the Green pilgrimage network, the Climate Change Network of Kenya, Kenya Forest Working Group, Kenya Forests Service among other faith have come together for the tree planting exercise.

The celebrations shall be conducted on October 4 at Jamhuri High school in Nairobi.

It shall coincide with the feast day of St Francis of Assisi who is the patron saint of the Nature and also symbolizes the global inter-religious co-operation for the peace building.

A series of meeting have been held at the KCCB offices in Westlands, Nairobi in preparations for the D-day.

Organizing committee chairman Fr Charles Odira said that the celebrations will mark a divine mandate that has been given to human mankind for respect and commitment to the conservation of environment.

"We call upon all Catholics and people of good will to engage actively in the activities that promote environmental conservation and wildlife protection in order to be part of the global initiatives to save the mother earth from further degradation" , said Fr Odira.

Fr Odira further urged all religious institutions and Christian churches to actively participate in the care for environment and conservation of wildlife.

He said that every diocese, parish, learning institutions and pastoral centres will join hands with all those currently engaged in different environmental activities to make the initiative a success.

The tree planting exercise is expected to trickle down to the lower levels of the church hierarchy in all the counties in Kenya.

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