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.
Global Recycling Day and the City of Joburg
Justice and Peace along with CYNESA and City of Joburg, Department of Environmental Affairs, PIKITUP and Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) organised for the first Global Recycling Day as is an initiative of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) which is part of the global federation in…
What is the Role of Young People in Combating Environmental Degradation and Climate Change?
This is the question that young people form 5 universities in the city of Kigali sought to answer, at a conference convened by CYNESA Rwanda, March 17th to 18th 2018. While officially opening the conference, the Deputy Director General of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), thanked the participants and appreciated…
World Water Day 2018: CYNESA Rwanda Joins Commemoration
Rwanda joined the rest of the world in marking World Water Day 2018, whose theme was “Nature for Water”. The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with various stakeholders, hosted a conference on Integrated Water Resources Management. CYNESA Rwanda Country Director, Benoit Musabyimana, participated in the event, which was officially opened…
CYNESA Reaches Out to the Pearl of Africa ~ Uganda
(Cover photo: A group photo with the Catholic Youth Leaders of Masaka Catholic Diocese in Uganda during the CYNESA introduction workshop) The Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) worked with the Diocesan Youth Chaplaincy for Makasa Catholic Diocese in Central Uganda to bring together over 75 youth…