Target: Father Charles Odira, National Executive Secretary of the Kenya Conference of Catholics Bishops
Goal: Applaud diverse religious leaders for putting their differences aside to discuss environmental conservation and sustainability
Religious leaders from the Catholic, Hindu, Muslim, Bahai, Protestant faiths recently came together to attend an environmental implementation strategy and sustainability conference in Kenya. Catholic bishops initiated the conference and invited groups like the Franciscan Brothers’ Mother Earth Network, Youth Network, forestry service and educational institutions to attend, along with other religious groups and leaders. These diverse Kenyan groups are working together to restore the region’s environment and devised solutions to Africa’s most pressing environmental concerns.
“Environment is a social thing that affects everyone regardless of our religious inclining,” said Fr Odira in an interview, “and all of us have to be involved in solving environmental issues, it also aids in peace buildings as it able to bring different people together.”
The conference was funded by the World Wildlife Fund and featured discussion about wildlife poaching, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, imbalanced trade between Kenya and China, and environmental conservation. Unlike other workshops that have been hosted in the past, these leaders expressed their determination to “go out there and implement whatever is discussed.”
Sign the below petition to applaud the efforts of these diverse Kenyan religious leaders for putting their faith differences aside for the sake of Mother Earth. Let Kenya serve as an example to the rest of the world of how environmental sustainability is a non-denominational issue that needs the support of all people.
Dear Father Odira,
Thank you for initiating the inter-faith environmental workshop in Kenya that included religious leaders from a variety of diverse backgrounds. The health of our planet depends upon the support of all earth’s people, regardless of background, race, or belief.
I am urging you to now work with local environmental groups to facilitate outreach programs that are targeted towards people at the grassroots level. The environmentally-degraded regions of lower Meru, Garissa,and Isiolo are most in need of your immediate attention. Please continue to promote national environmental days that encourage ordinary citizens to engage in environmental activities like planting trees and cleaning up litter.
Although it faces its share of challenges, Africa’s environment is one of the most beautiful on the planet. Thank you for doing your part to keep it that way. Kenya has a lot of work to do in terms of wildlife preservation, climate change, and conservation, but this conference has put us one step closer to positive and collaborative change.
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