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What does your faith say about women in (environmental) leadership?

From African Traditional practices soaked in earth care to using exceptional education to empower others – these were some of the facets of our fascinating Regional Interfaith Dialogue (RID) on women in (environmental) leadership on Wednesday 3 August. The Dialogue was timed to coincide with Women’s Month, ahead of South Africa’s Women’s Day on 9 August. We asked three highly successful women in conservation how their faith impacted their careers.  Dr Jessica Thorn of the University of St...

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FLEAT Namibia youth from the Hai//omSann indigenous community take action to promote Earthkeeping in the city of Tsumeb

Enrico Aseb and Nicolaas Augumeb are two young leaders representing the Hai//omSann community from the city of Tsumeb in the northern parts of Namibia. They are both part of the FLEAT Namibia group that came together in Windhoek in November 2021.  After developing their plan of action during the FLEAT Namibia workshop, they started at the Tsumeb old age home by having a clean-up campaign. They approached the Hai//om tradition office from Tsumeb where they received support from 10 volunteers...

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Advocacy gains momentum: group energy growing, nuclear going down!

By Rev Berry Behr   There is nothing like sharing experiences to inspire and motivate a group of Faith Leaders to greater heights in eco-justice advocacy! At our July Legacy Advocacy Programme workshop, faith leaders shared the work they had done since our June gathering. The actions taken were creative, brave, expansive and inspiring. Here are a few examples: Sanele Tshange from Mount Fletcher in the Eastern Cape did not let her remote location stop her! She says: “On 8 June I went to...

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Plant a tree to save the world

Vincent Manyika from FLEAT Zambia sent us this inspiring video and message. "African Youth Global Network Director wishes to thank SAFCEI for the support rendered to us. We have grown from one level of Glory to another. We have even started a tree nursery project in our community after undergoing a series for climate Justice training in the quest to combat Climate Change. We therefore dedicate this poem to SAFCEI for the help you render to many faith leaders in Africa. The message is "plant a...

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A Prayer for Us

By Ricardo Swanepoel , Rastafarian, Helenvale, Gqeberha. Be it as it may We’ve broken bread, we’ve prayed the lessons learned and knowledge gained assure us all nothing was not in vain  We’ve known not  we’d hear these voices, the challenges,  the hard choices Yet once heard,  we did wonder what to say I thought to say nothing except give you all a bow as we go forward in this fight having discerned in our heart  the wrong from the right  Wishing you courage  to keep pushing through  because...

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Faith leaders support peer projects

By Cele Esau, lay leader for social justice at Cape Town Unitarians   On Wed, July 6th, a small delegation of interfaith leaders from SAFCEI’s Faith and Eco-Justice project went for a site visit to a project in the Khayelitsha community of Solomon Mahlangu headed by our colleague Pastor Mazwi Ndikolo. The delegation consisted of myself, Cele Esau, together with Rev. Berry Behr, Princess Zelda Ann Hintsa and Abraham Maritz.   As an Eco-Justice advocate, my intention was not only to...

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Drive towards a solar – hydrogen renewable economy

By Dr Waheed Saban, Cape Town FLEAT member and HOD of Environmental Desk, Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) Renewable energy is a flow of energy that is not consumed when utilized. There are many forms such as wind, hydroelectric, biomass, solar, tidal waves, geothermal and solar. The aim of this article is to emphasize the benefit of renewables such as solar and hydrogen energy unlike non-renewable energy sources such as coal, oil, and natural gas.       According to a peer-reviewed international...

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How do you advocate?

A group of 22 diverse faith leaders from around South Africa gathered at Schoenstatt Retreat and Conference Centre in Cape Town from 30 May to 1 June for the Nuclear Free South Africa advocacy and campaigning workshop.   This was one of four advocacy training workshops planned for 2022, with eight women and fourteen men participating from the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and the Karoo. The training aims to support communities responding to the extractive oil and gas industry...

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What does your faith say about the protection of animals and their habitats?

Sunday 5 June 2022 was the UN World Environment Day, as well as National Animal Rescue Day. It was the perfect time to discuss the protection of animals and their habitats from a faith perspective. Safcei collaborated with the Rev Ven Nima Taylor of the Cape Town Unitarians to create the hybrid event, broadcast live from the historic Cape Town Unitarian Church in Hout Street, Cape Town. Rev Nima opened the ceremony with a prayer, and the lighting of the chalice which is a beautiful ceremony...

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FLEAT Malawi 2022

After two sessions on Zoom in 2021, SAFCEI hosted an in-person Faith Leaders Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) workshop in Malawi during 29-31 March 2022. FLEAT Malawi was attended by seventeen faith leaders who were made up of five female participants and twelve male participants with the majority being youth. The faith leaders were drawn from all over the Country and represented the Christian, Muslim, Baháʼí and Rastafarian communities of Malawi. Participants included experienced faith...

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