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Churches to pray for the Care of Creation on 1st September

Joined in prayer, Christian churches around the world will again observe the ecumenical “Time for Creation” (1 September to 4 October), this year bolstered by Pope Francis’s recent proclamation of 1 September as the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.” The movement toward a yearly commemoration of the biblical mandate to exercise […]

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First Islamic Climate Declaration

An International Islamic Climate Change Symposium was held in Istanbul where Muslim leaders from across the world met from the 17-18 August to discuss the first Islamic Declaration on Climate change urging Muslims to take action ahead of UN Climate talks in Paris at the end of the year. The gathering called on the world’s 1.6 billion […]

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What does Nature want?

Human wants are well articulated, marketed and even expanded to a position of status. Most are ultimately provided by Nature: the landscapes whose scale, seasons and sense of place provide many of our spiritual needs; the raw materials that we process and combine into the multitudinous food and material products that feed us and our […]

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Imam Omar questions South Africa’s nuclear path

“There is no such thing as safe nuclear power!” Imam Dr. A. Rashied Omar of the Claremont Main Road Mosque cautioned the congregation who had come to listen to his World Environment Day khutbah (sermon).  The current electricity crisis may motivate the government and some of us to favour risky energy options such as nuclear.  […]

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SAFCEI Responds to Pope’s Encyclical

The Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) endorses the Pope’s call for systemic change, for an acknowledgement that we are one earth, and that human societies should stand together in calling for solutions to heal the earth, not endanger it. SAFCEI, which is comprised of all the major faith groups in southern Africa, expresses […]

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SAFCEI rejects Eskom’s 25,3% price increase application

At a time when Eskom is unable to supply sufficient electricity and is suffering from insufficient funds to complete its maintenance and buy expensive fuel to keep the lights on, Eskom continued to pay a profit to government. Now Eskom has gone back to the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) to ask for more increases in […]

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