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Saturday, 10 October 2015 16:41

We have faith-Act Now for Climate Justice Campaign launched in Mchinji

Written by  Sarah Munthali

Mchinji, October 10, 2015: The Acting General Secretary of Malawi Council of Churches Bishop Gilford Matonga says there is need for the faith community to incorporate issues of climate change in  messages that they preach in churches to raise awareness on the effects of climate change.

Matonga made the remarks in Mchinji on Thursday when the “We have Faith-Act Now for Climate Justice Pan-African cycling Campaign” caravan entered Malawi from Zambia.

The campaign brings together faith based organisations, civil society organisations and youth movements from East and Southern Africa aimed at collecting One million petitions aimed at putting pressure on national, regional and world leaders to urgently act on climate change.

Matonga said dissemination of climate change issues in churches and mosques would ensure that more people get messages on the effects climate change has brought in countries such as delayed rains, droughts and floods.

“The faith community commands the biggest following in our country both Muslim and Christianity. If they take a leading role in disseminating climate change effects, we might address the issues and prevent environment degradation which has resulted into climate change,” said Matonga.

He also called on faith community leaders to urge their followers to plant trees as one way of preventing floods and other effects of climate change and organise special ceremonies and climate change related activities during the organised weekend from 9th to 11 October dedicated to climate change and climate justice.

Speaking earlier, Regional Coordinator for We Have Faith Climate Justice Campaign Abraham Chikasa said at the end of the campaign they expect African leaders to come up with a legally binding agreement to enforce and mitigate the effects of climate change in their countries.

The campaign has organized cycling, where Pan African cyclists are travelling across nine countries to disseminate climate change messages.

Malawi is expected to collect a total of 100,000 petitions across the country.

The 14 cyclists from Malawi will take the campaign to Lilongwe, Kasungu, Mzimba, and Rumphi and will hand over to their Tanzania counterparts at Songwe border in Karonga. Some activities include a concert to be held in Lilongwe and planting of trees in Chikangawa.

The climax of the campaign will be held in Kenya with Pan African faith leaders, Pan African Parliamentary and African People’s Conference of Parties (COP) Summits on climate change and an inter-faith climate justice concert.

The campaign in Malawi is led by Malawi Council for Churches and supported by Act Alliance, Oxfam and Norwegian Church Aid among other organisations.

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