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.
CYNESA Rwanda Delegate Experience from COP25 Chile Madrid; Time for Action.
I was fortunate to take part in the 25th assembly of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) in Madrid, Spain from 2nd-13th December 2019. Together with my colleagues from CYNESA, Lucia from Cameroon, Alphonse from Kenya and our Executive Director, Allen Ottaro, we were among the over 27,000…
New Wine, New Wineskins: CYNESA at the JCAM Formation Assembly
The global demographic shift is compelling radical shifts in the status quo across numerous frontiers. Increasingly, the Global South is taking up roles and responsibilities that were, otherwise, the near-reserve of the Global North. The Catholic Church is no exemption with the age demographic and population shifts seeing more Africans…
Insights from COP25 Chile Madrid, 2019.
Being one of the 28,000 delegates to the 25th Assembly of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) convened in Madrid, Spain from 2nd to 13th December 2019 was not only a very interesting opportunity to interact with experts from diverse disciplines all with a common interest of saving the deteriorated…
Tree planting ~ a Process not an Event
Masvingo Region National Movement of Catholic Students (NMCS) were prompted that tree planting day should not be an event but rather a process which encompasses follow ups on the trees planted, with the purpose of motivating the nation to plant, care for, and conserve trees, as a way ensuring sustainability…
First Open Ended Working Group on the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
The strategic plan for biodiversity 2011-2020 adopted in Nagoya, Japan during COP 10 in 2010 is expected to expire as the decade is already over. This necessitated the recent COP 14 meeting in Egypt to debate on coming up with a design process towards the adoption of the post 2020…