18 February 2014

Kenya: Mother-Earth-Network Seek Nuncios' Support to Conserve Environment

Nairobi — Mother Earth Network, an environmental organization tasked with conservation of environments is seeking the approval of the Holy See to push its agenda of taking care of nature.

Fr Herman Borg, Patron, Mother -Earth -Network (M-E-NET), said that already the organization had full support of the local church through the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) in its mission to conserve nature.

"The local church is in full support. Bishop Alfred Rotich is definitely on our side. He was present on October 4 last year during tree planting day at Jamhuri High School here in Nairobi. He gave a very nice talk on environment and we noticed his passion for nature conservation," said Fr Borg

He added, "On 22 April this year we are expecting John Cardinal Njue and President Uhuru Kenyatta to come together in mobilizing tree planting in all schools and institutions in Kenya"

Speaking when the Mother Earth Network team visited the Nuncio, His Excellency Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo in Nairobi on February 17, Eric Ogallo, Mother Earth Network Environmental coordinator, said that the organization was liaising with key partners to push for the environmental agenda with noticeable progress so far.

"We work with the Franciscans family, Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), University Environmental clubs, Total Eco challenge, Muslim Association of Kenya, Kutoka Network covering Kenyan slums, Kenya Young Christian networks, United Religious Initiative, Kenya Forest Service (KFS) amongst many others," said Mr Ogallo.

He noted that the organization has since done massive tree planting in lower Subukia in Nakuru, Yatta in Ukambani, Mukuru slums and Kariobangi slums in and Huruma and Jamhuri schools in Nairobi.

The organization planted over 1000 trees at Jamhuri high school in Nairobi on October 04, 2013.

The Nuncio to Kenya assured the organization that he would offer the required support and approval in due time after doing consultations on the same on a later date.

"I must contact my superiors first, I cannot act alone. Just like any ambassador you have to be in contact with your government before endorsing such an initiative. If you leave me with the documentation I can write to the neighboring Nuncio for the recommendation of this important project," said Archbishop Balvo.

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