Inspired by St. Pope John Paul II’s 1990 message for World Day of Peace, in which he called for the need to upscale ecological awareness and to find fitting expression in concrete programs and initiatives, young Catholics from Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda and South Africa, drawn from and representing university chaplaincies and parish groups, joined up to respond to this invitation, and to set up the Africa-wide Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) in January 2012. CYNESA is - the platform for all young Catholics in Africa, promoting responsible stewardship of the environment!
Education and Awareness Creation
CYNESA is preparing a youth toolkit on climate change that draws from scripture, Ignatian Spirituality, scientific research and Catholic social teaching.
Networking and Advocacy Training
We seek to establish and build relationships with like-minded partners, train young Catholics in advocacy on environmental sustainability, and link different initiatives on the continent.
Encouraging and Supporting Local Action Plans
We endeavor to encourage young people to act in their parishes, schools and within their youth movements by developing appropriate sustainable practices to conserve resources.
We are proud to call Africa home. The nature of our mission, however, makes it imperative for us to engage with global partners. There has been plenty of action on this front in the last few months. Towards the end of 2016, CYNESA became one of the newest partners of…
Drought and Famine in East Africa
News reports in Kenya have in recent months been dominated by stories documenting the effects of drought and famine. These effects, according to the UN Environment, “are being felt all across the east coast of Africa – from Ethiopia, where failed rains have affected 80% of the country’s crops, to…
UN Secretary General in Nairobi
The United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, made a brief appearance at the UN Environment’s 4th annual subcommittee meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives on 9th March 2017, at which CYNESA was represented.
No Killing, No Trading; Tuokoe Tembo Wetu
Tanzania has the third largest elephant population in Africa with about 54,000 elephants while Botswana leads with about 133,000 elephants. Surges in poaching and illegal ivory trade have put African elephant populations at risk. During last year’s CoP17 of CITES in Johannesburg, South Africa, delegates adopted a resolution which recommends…