Wholesome Ecology: Mbeere Diocese Green Anglican Champions attend Training
About 450 individuals drawn from various institutions supported and owned by the ACK Diocese of Mbeere- including clergy and community members attended a Training on Eco -theology. Organized by the Diocese and the Anglican Development Services (ADS) Kenya, the training comes ahead of their commissioning as Green Anglican Champions who will support the Diocese’s efforts to promote environmental stewardship and responsible Natural resource management. The workshop was held at the ACK St. Peters Cathedral, in Syakago.
The Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Moses Masamba attended the workshop, as were senior clergy from across the Diocese. He outlined the Diocese’s agenda in promoting Church led efforts to combat climate change, noting that there were “numerous opportunities for the church to mobilize communities to address the effects of climate change and build enterprise around various innovations that address the same challenge.”
On the 10th of October, the Provincial Green Anglicans Day Celebrations will be marked in the Diocese, led by the ACK Archbishop, Dr. Jackson Ole Sapit. During the event, indigenous and fruit tree seedlings will be distributed to community members for planting. This Bishop Dr. Masamba Said, will help reintroduce endangered tree species within communities and households. “Some of these trees also have great commercial and medicinal value if well taken care of and we want the community to tap into this potential,” he added.
Bwibo Adieri, the Co-Chair of the National Green Anglicans Steering Movement of Kenya Steering Committee, and the Executive Director of ADS Kenya led the session on tree planting. He called on the participants to take up tree planting as “their contribution to greening the region.” He especially called on them to promote awareness among community members on the value of trees on areas ecological state and economy.
Wilberforce Wangalwa, the ACK Provincial Director of Education led the session on waste management. he highlighted the importance of deliberate community led efforts to create cleaner communities and reducing and eliminating the dangers on improper waste management practices.
Eco-Theology and Clean energy
The participants were also sensitized on clean energy solutions that communities could embrace to help reduce dependency on wood fuel that contributes significantly to cutting down of trees. Community members expressed willingness to embrace such solutions, with the Diocese and GAM Team pledging to link the communities with affordable solution providers that would encourage more households to take up the solutions. They were also taken through the biblical basis of care for creation and ‘the integral role man plays in caring for creation.” Capt. Celestine Lagat from Mwangaza Light, a Faith based social enterprise working with the Green Anglican Movement to promote clean energy solutions in the Country- led the session.