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Botswana adds 500 trees to world’s 3.04 trillion

By M’thetho Lungu* 8th Sept. ’15. Gaborone. BOTSWANA: In just two days of its We Have Faith Act Now Climate Justice cycling caravan campaign, Botswana has already started planting its 500 trees committed through the 516km stretch. Bishop Champion Malongwa, chairperson of the Botswana Council of Churches (BCC) and National Ambassador for the campaign told […]

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74 year old man cycles for Climate Justice

Victor Coutries, or Tata Victor as he is known to his fellow cyclists, is cycling from Nkomazi, Mpumalanga to Lobatse, Botswana, in the name of climate justice. As part of the We Have Faith – Act Now for Climate Justice campaign, this is Tata Victor’s second time to participate in raising awareness around climate change […]

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SAFCEI’s Submission into INDC for COP21

3 September 2015 Attention: Ms. Irene Koenze Department of Environment Affairs and Tourism South African Government. Tel: +27 12 399 8837 E-mail: ccadmin@environment.gov.za   Submission into the proposed  Intended Nationally Determined Contribution for South Africa (INDC). Introduction The Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) aims to promote the care and nurturing of all of God’s creation. […]

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Morality shut out of energy debate

How ironic! As I walked into the parliamentary energy portfolio committee meeting in my episcopal shirt and collar, I heard an African National Congress MP saying, “I don’t know why theologians express views on nuclear. They don’t know anything about nuclear energy and should stay in their churches”, or something to that effect. What an […]

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Parliament: Nuclear going ahead at the cost of democracy

By Liz McDaid Parliament has been a disturbing place to be today… One MP said that they would not allow anti nuclear activists, and also,claimed,that only nuclear physicists are qualified to speak on nuclear matters..and that anti nuke activists that have theology degrees should stay in their churches. The minister also claimed that the international […]

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Ecumenical Patriarch’s encyclical issues call to dwell in harmony with God’s creation

From the World Council of Churches 01 September 2015 As part of the observation of the Time for Creation, Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, has once again sent an encyclical to remind churches and people of good will about the grave risks deriving from growing abuse of energy resources, threatening to increase global warming […]

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Death Matters Premiere Invite

Death Matters: a thought provoking local documentary about dying             You are invited to the Cape Town premiere of a new 30-minute documentary about dying in South Africa. Date: Sunday 6 September 2015 Time: 6.15pm Venue: Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town Price: R40 (includes a glass of wine)   The […]

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Stakeholder Consultation on SA’s position towards COP21

Government is presenting on what South Africa’s commitments will be going into COP21, in Paris. 11am The government is presenting that South Africa supports the 1.5 degree target of the Africa group. In adaptation, programmes like working on water, working on fire were put forward but other adaptation commitments were only about putting information systems […]

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