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.
Climate and Coconut in Accra
“An evening chitchat about climate change (with coconut refreshment)”, is not your ordinary title for an event meant to explore one of the most serious and urgent issues of our time. Nevertheless, about 30 young people turned up at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Baatsonaa in Accra, Ghana.
Masvingo Deanery Youth in Clean up Campaign
Masvingo Deanery Catholic Youth Association (CYA), in the Catholic Diocese of Masvingo, Zimbabwe, espoused the Catholic teachings on environment by facilitating a cleanup campaign in the Central Business District of Masvingo on the 6th of April 2019 as a way of honoring God’s creation.
Towards a Global Pact for the Environment: Insights from the Second Substantive Session.
The ad hoc open-ended working group established in May 2018 by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in resolution 72/277 (“Towards a Global Pact for the Environment”) convened its second substantive session 18-20 March 2019 at the United Nations grounds at Nairobi. At its first substantive session in January, the…
UNEA 4 Beautiful and Diversified!
In all forums I participated in, my perspective of the youth lacking voices was changed. This is because I came to understand that in most of the forums available, the youth are only interested in those that will earn them a living, which is disheartening. If the church is ready…
Reflections of a First-Time Attendee to the Fourth edition of UNEA
From early morning Major Groups briefings to late evening deliberations, and from attending various side events to listening attentively to country-specific national statements! The first week was characterized by the Major Group (7-8 March); and The UN Science-Policy Business Forum on the environment (8-10 March)… a moment of darkness overshadowed and dampened…