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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Kenya: Church joins plant a billion trees campaign
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¬†The Catholic Church will be encouraged to take part in a campaign to plant one billion trees over the next 12 months, Professor Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate said on Wednesday. Speaking at the launch of the 'Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign' during the ongoing 12th UN conference on Climate Change in Nairobi, Kenya, Professor Maathai said part of her contribution to the issue would be to get the Church on board. She said the effective planting of trees would reduce the heavy impact of climate change that Africa and other developing countries are likely to witness in the near future because of greenhouses gasses emitted by the industrial nations.. More than 6,000 delegates are reviewing the impact of the Kyoto Protocol which was adopted in 1997 and became operational last year. This is the first UN conference on climate change to be held in Sub-Saharan Africa since the Kyoto conference in Japan in 1997. Apart from the official delegates, representing governments and UN agencies, the Nairobi UN conference is also being attended by delegates drawn from civil society, NGOs and the Churches ≠ most of which are Catholic.
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