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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Kenya: thousands march to save the environment
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¬†Thousands of people including many Catholic nuns, jammed the streets of Nairobi on Saturday, to call for governments around the world to take urgent steps to combat climate change. The march, which attracted close to 5,000 people and whose theme was: Our Climate, Our Survival, was organized jointly by the Catholic and Protestant churches in Africa under the recently launched Caritas, Africa Office (Catholic) and All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) ≠Protestant in short Caritas/AACC Ecumenical Platform. "This is part of our activities during the two-week UN conference on climate change, taking place in Nairobi from November 6-17) and where the Church is well represented", said the Caritas Africa regional Coordinator, Mrs Margaret Mwaniki. Mrs. Mwaniki, who was addressing the media after the marching stressed the need for the industrialized nations to respect the contents of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which urges them-Industrialized nations to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide I the greenhouse by the year 2012. She also stressed the need for the industrialized nations to give funds to Africa and other developing countries to combat the effects of climate change, such as floods, drought and receding of snow on our mountains as it was being witnessed today. She said Africa, for example, would have to commit herself to planting trees, as part of her wider commitment to battling climate change. In order to carry out this task, children in schools and women and in particular in rural areas, and the community in general, would have to be schooled on how to plant and care for trees and respect water catchment areas. The occasion was also addressed among others by Dr David Hallman of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Bishop Goeff Davies of the Anglican Church in South Africa, Kenyan Professor Jesse Mugambi, a member of the Ecology Commission of the WCC and Ms Grace Akumu, Coordinator, Climate Change Campaign-Africa. They all praised Caritas and the AACC, who under the Caritas/AACC Ecumenical Platform had organized the march. See also: ICN 13 November 2006 Report shows lives of millions in Kenya threatened by global warming
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