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.
UNEA4 Member States and the case of Matthew 21:28-32
The member states who were watering down the language of the resolutions and weakening it by refusing to commit, from my perspective, are like the proverbial son in the Bible who said he would go work in the vineyard when he as asked by his father, but he did not…
Aperçu de la première journée de l’UNEA4
La quatrième Assemblée des Nations unies pour l’environnement a débuté aujourd’hui le 11 Mars 2019. Le thème de cette année est: “Des solutions innovantes pour relever les défis environnementaux et garantir la consommation et la production durables.” Deux conférences ont précédée l’Assemblée durant la semaine passée à savoir : “Major Group…
Focus on Laudato Si at CLC-Kenya Universities Formation
Close to 100 Christian Life Community-Kenya members drawn from 8 universities, gathered at the University of Kabianga in mid-February, of their joint formation weekend. The main theme of the formation weekend was “Laudato Si, Youth and Care of Creation”. The venue could not have been more fitting. Bernard Kithusi, CLC-Kenya‘s Executive Secretary…
Faith Presence at UNEA4
The fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA4) is set to take place in Nairobi, 11th to 15th March. Held every 2 years, the 4th assembly will focus on the twin themes of innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production. The report of the Executive Director of the…
In Panama, Young Catholics Call for Urgent Climate Action
Young Catholics from across the world are renewing their call for urgent climate action. The call was contained in a manifesto titled, “Ecological Conversion in Action”, which was issued at the end of the 3rdInternational Congress on the Care of Creation. Young people also committed themselves to “to live Laudato…