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SAFCEI hosts FLEAT Malawi follow-up workshop

We hosted a FLEAT follow-up workshop for FLEAT Malawi I and II cohorts at Simama Hotel in Lilongwe from 5-7 March 2024, with 21 faith leaders (7 women...

SAFCEI hosts a Cage-Free Community Indaba

On Saturday, 24 February 2024, SAFCEI in collaboration with Treeshake, hosted the Cage-Free Community Indaba at Bertha House, Mowbray in Cape Town. Th...

SAFCEI attends the People’s Hearing on Energy Profiteers

On 31 January 2024, SAFCEI’s executive director, Francesca de Gasparis, and campaigns coordinator, Maia Nangle, joined the Open Secrets’ People’s Hea...

OWA Global Summit 2023

The Open Wing Alliance (OWA) hosted its first in-person Global Summit since the covid-19 pandemic! This year the OWA Global Summit was hosted in Pragu...

Growing Hope: FLEAT Zambia Empowers Mukunkiki School with community garden project

Esther Kakole, a member of SAFCEI’s Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) Zambia group representing the Christian faith recently shared...

Bvumbwe Parish's Holy Childhood Programme: Nurturing Faith and Nature through Tree Planting

Father Damian Abraham, a Catholic priest at Bvumbwe Parish in Blantyre, Malawi, and a dedicated member of SAFCEI's Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy...

Indigenous Foods in Malawi

There is an old adage that says “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. On Wednesday 7 June 2023, faith leaders from our Faith Leader En...

SAFCEI hosts FLEAT Malawi II in Lilongwe

SAFCEI was back in Malawi from 6 to 8 June meeting with the second cohort of faith leaders at the Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT)...

Energizing solutions in Uganda

Our FLEAT member in Uganda, Saidah Nakaliisa, representing the Muslim community recently shared an update on the one-year Environmental Training proje...

FLEAT Tanzania meets for a second time

We held our second Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) Tanzania workshop with a group of 19 participants at the Rungwe Hotel in Dar e...

The Power of a Functional Food Garden: The Case of Mgombane Primary School

Mgombane Primary School learners explaining to FLEAT members how they take care of the vegetable garden in front of their classrooms From the outside...

FLEAT Zimbabwe II (Bulawayo)

SAFCEI hosted the first Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) workshop for 2023 in Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, from 21 to 23 March 2023. The F...

Eskom power cuts impact on factory farmed animals

Recently a story broke out about a North West poultry farmer, Herman du Preez who reported the death of approximately 50 000 broiler chickens, who di...

Regional Interfaith Dialogue: What does your faith say about advocating for environmental justice?

Faith Leaders at the final Regional Interfaith Dialogue for 2022 described environmental advocacy as “God’s own initiative” because we are created in...

Green Action Week: Seed Swop 2022

Nirmala Nair, a seed expert who had been a guest speaker at SAFCEI’s inaugural event in 2005, was the guest speaker for our Seed Swap event at Ocean V...

OWA Africa Summit to end cages 2022

OWA Africa summit 2022. The Open Wing Alliance (OWA) hosts a regional summit each year for regional partners working on cage-free campaigns to meet a...

A story of forgiveness and healing

By Rev Berry Behr Pastor Khawulezile Msele runs an independent church in Khayelitsha, where he feeds more than 50 people three times a week from his...

FLEAT TANZANIA FAITH LEADER PROFILE

Introducing Monica Daniel Nakei, a Roman Catholic faith leader from our FLEAT Tanzania group, who is passionate about agriculture and farming. Monica...

FLEAT Tanzania

The newly selected FLEAT Tanzania cohort came together at The Luther House in Dar es Salaam on 25-27 October with 23 faith leaders, 11 men and 12 wome...

NUKES ADVOCACY FAITH LEADERS GO TO PARLIAMENT

Faith leaders outside Parliament on a Nuclear vigil. On 1 November 2022, twenty faith leaders from around South Africa gathered to deepen their knowl...

FLEAT TANZANIA FAITH LEADER PROFILE

Introducing Newton Mwakabambo, a member of our Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) Tanzania who represents the Moravian faith. Newto...

FLEAT Zimbabwe Faith Leaders Conduct Environmental Awareness Training and Clean-Up Campaign in Bindura

In a bid to promote sustainable consumption, as part of the global Green Action Week campaign, FLEAT- ZIM Trust partnered with the Bindura University...

Regional Interfaith Dialogue: What does your faith say about the commoditisation of food?

SAFCEI’s Regional Interfaith Dialogue on 17 October was an exciting, collaborative grappling with aspects of food security that relate to practical wa...

World Egg Day

Today is World Egg Day, and to commemorate this day, in our fight against battery cages in egg production, we would like to highlight some of the good...

The Green Bishop of Zambia emphasises the importance of environmental clubs as he lays the foundation stone at St Luke's Secondary school

Bishop William Mchombo planting seedlings at St Luke's Secondary School on 4 October 2022. Bishop William Mchombo of the Anglican Diocese of Eastern...

FLEAT Malawi: Happy Mbewe shares innovative solutions in reducing his carbon footprint at home

Happy Mbewe is a young Muslim faith leader and member of our Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) Malawi group. He recently presented...

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 fascin...

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...

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 advoca...

Plant a tree to save the world

Vincent Manyika from FLEAT Zambia and African Youth Global Network Director sent us this inspiring video and message. "We have grown from one lev...

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 ass...

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 an...

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 n...

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...

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 anima...

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 M...

Youth Day Workshop: How to become a Climate Activist through Interfaith Engagement

On Sunday 12 June, 15 diverse Cape Town teenagers participated in a workshop to learn how to become a Climate Activist through Interfaith engagement....

Safer & Healthier Places of Worship graduation ceremony

Wednesday 18 May was a landmark day for SAFCEI as we celebrated the graduation ceremony of 11 faith leaders in a world-first – the Safer & Healthi...

Regional Women's FLEAT blog reflections

Blog by Elizabeth Charley Attending the Regional Women's FLEAT (Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training) workshop from 22 to 24 February 2022, I...

Learning about the Northern Cape

The almost eight-hour cross country drive from Kimberley to Okiep, 8km north of Springbok in the Northern Cape, took us through a sprinkling of neglec...

Kimberley workshop on eco-justice and Earthkeeping

SAFCEI visited one of our longstanding FLEAT members in Kimberley today and helped him to broaden his network of Earthkeepers in diverse churches in h...

FLEAT blog: FLEAT is not a fleeting moment

FLEAT workshop reflections by Rebecca Munetsi I have travelled the world, I have been to Spain Zaragoza, I have been to Zambia, Lusaka, Namibia Windho...

Safer and Healthier Places of Worship

On Thursday 3 March SAFCEI achieved a world first. Together with our partners at City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management and the SAPS Explosives...

The Future of People and Planet

Our Regional Interfaith Dialogue series for 2022 got off to a powerful start on Monday 14 February, with our first Southern African conversation for t...

Prayers for the City 2022

Every year on the first Sunday in February, Capetonians gather to share Prayers for the City. It was a tradition started in 2000 by former Mayor Gordo...

FLEAT: Tree planting in Malawi and launch of Churches National Tree Planting Day

Mthetho Lungu, a member of our Regional FLEAT (Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training) 2 group shares his updates on tree planting activities in...

Water as a Human Right

SAFCEI faith leaders believe that governments should be charged with crimes against humanity when their citizens do not have access to clean, safe wat...

SAFCEI hosts Faith and Eco-Justice project workshops in the Eastern Cape

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Vigil for Fikile Ntshangase

Vigil for Fikile Ntshangase Life After Coal, Community House, 23 October 2021 On Saturday 23 October, SAFCEI was part of a vigil for slain eco activis...

OWA Africa Summit

How partners from across the continent met and worked together towards a single goal. The Open Wing Alliance (OWA) hosts an African Summit each year f...

OWA Global Summit to end cages 2021

How partners from across the world met and worked towards a single goal. The Open Wing Alliance (OWA) hosts a Global Summit each year for partners wi...

South Africa seems to be ready to implement the Paris Agreement, an international climate change law.

The Paris Agreement was adopted in 2015 by world leaders to address issues of climate change. All countries were mandated to develop an implementation...

FLEAT Malawi follow up

The FLEAT (Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training) Malawi group met online for a follow-up workshop from 24-26 August 2021. In the first worksho...

Theological Resource Base – Jewish Inspirations

The Season of Creation coincides with the High Holy days of the Jewish faith. This time of deep reflection, celebration and renewed purpose for the Je...

Blog: Muslim inspirations

"Verily in the heavens and the earth are signs for those who believe. And in the creation of yourselves, and the fact that animals are scattered...

THEOLOGICAL RESOURCE BASE - Introduction

The world in crisis – why care of the planet is a religious & spiritual imperative September 1 sees the start of the Season of Creation every year...

What does your faith say about women as Earthkeepers?

SAFCEI hosted a Regional Interfaith Dialogue on Tuesday, 10 August, asking the question: What does your faith say about women as Earthkeepers? The eve...

FLEAT Malawi: Sheikh Ismail Amini women's workshop

Sheikh Ismail Amini, a member of our FLEAT (Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training) Malawi group facilitated an Environmental awareness and You...

FLEAT Zambia

The first Zambia FLEAT (Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training) was held on Zoom from 19 – 21 May 2021. Zambia is predominantly Christian with...

Faith and Energy Eco-Justice project - Induction workshop

A diverse group of selected faith leaders from four provinces in South Africa met virtually on Thursday 20 May to launch a three-year project in eco a...

Over 6000 trees planted in Malawi: Small grants recipient shares his story

Geofrey Manasseh, Malawi - URI Malawian CCs URI Malawian CCs planted almost 6450 trees in 2020-2021 rain season in different areas. Through financia...

Cape Town faith leaders meet at the Castle and learn about biodigesters

A homemade biodigester can save citizens up to R500 a month in electricity costs. Lydia Petersen achieved some two hours a day of free cooking time wh...

How the Covid-19 vaccine can help us care for the environment

Did you know that medication in your system does not break down in the sewage treatment process and is released into the oceans where it affects the s...

FLEAT Malawi

We hosted our online FLEAT (Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training) Malawi on Zoom from 2-4 March 2021. The FLEAT Malawi group of faith leaders...

Faiths unite for energy and climate justice workshop

SAFCEI hosted faith leaders from the Koeberg and Cape Flats areas for a workshop on energy and climate justice at Goedgedacht Farm near Riebeeck Kaste...

EarthKeeper Day - 14 February 2021

This coming Sunday will be Valentine's Day, but we at SAFCEI like to call it Earthkeeper's Day and mark the date by doing something to show our love f...

FLEAT Cape Town

By Rev Berry Behr The historic Cape Town FLEAT was held at Monkey Valley Resort from 2nd to 4th December with an enthusiastic and diverse group of...

Food gardening webinars for faith communities: Vanda Chittenden shares her story

Since we started our food garden webinars for faith communities in September, we have been receiving wonderful stories from participants who have been...

Food gardening webinar story: Rev Andre Naidoo

We have hosted five of our nine weekly webinars on food gardening for faith communities with renowned permaculturalist, John Nzira. Join our next webi...

Egg labels explained

Egg labels explained What you need to know about cracking the egg label code By Georgina Blumears Navigating which eggs are good and which eggs are...

FLEAT member feature: Jackline Wananda

My little garden Farming in small spaces In this week's Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) feature story, we introduce Ms. Jackline...

The Cage

The Cage How caged hens are living lives of pain and suffering to produce our eggs. By Georgina Blumears To begin, I want to commend you on taking t...

FLEAT member feature: Sebia Kwaramba

In this week's Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) feature story, we look at the work of Mrs. Sebia Kwaramba, a member of our FLEAT Z...

The first pandemic: Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

How unchecked poultry factory farming methods can lead to a new and deadlier bird flu pandemic. The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has ignited widesp...

FLEAT member feature: Dominic Amon Nyasulu

In this week's Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) feature story, we look at the work of Dominic Amon Nyasulu from Malawi, who is a...

FLEAT member feature: Kelly Ngeti

In this week's Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) feature story, we look at the work of Kelly Mwakanah Ngeti from Mombasa, Kenya, wh...

FLEAT member feature: Lisa Johnstone

Our story this week comes from Lisa Johnstone. Lisa is a FLEAT South African member and represents the Northfield Methodist Church in Benoni. She shar...

FLEAT member feature: Celestine Otieno

Ms Celestine Otieno was one of the participants in our Faith Leader’ Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) in Kenya in 2018. Celestine was referred...

FLEAT member feature: Nomonde Scoble

Nomonde Scoble has been a SAFCEI friend, member and supporter for as long as we can remember. She represents the Quaker community of Southern Africa....

FLEAT member feature: Lawrence Tsoru

Youth, Food Security and Sustainable livelihood project Lawrence Tsoru is a Zimbabwe Faith Leader Environment Advocacy Training (FLEAT Zimbabwe) memb...

FLEAT member feature: Bishop Joseph Obanyi Sagwe

Bishop Joseph Obanyi Sagwe has been a member of the Kenya Faith Leader Environment Advocacy Training (FLEAT Mombasa) group since May 2018. Bishop Jose...

FLEAT member feature: Soraya Salie

By Zainab Adams, FLEAT Coordinator Mrs. Soraya Salie has been a member of our South African Faith Leader Environment Advocacy Training (FLEAT SA) g...

FLEAT member feature: Ngonidzashe Edward

By Zainab Adams, FLEAT Coordinator Mr. Ngonidzashe Edward is one of our Faith Leader Environment Advocacy Training regional group 2 (FLEAT 2) member...

2020 Global Summit to End Cages

By Georgina Blumears Cage-Free Eggs Campaign Coordinator 2020 Global Summit to End Cages “The Global Summit to End Cages is a unique opportunity...

Building resilience within and beyond our Covid world: Thoughts from the Karoo FLEAT community

We hosted our second Karoo Faith Leaders Environmental Training (Karoo FLEAT) workshop on 23rd and 24th June. This time around, the group of faith lea...

Faith, hope and love in a time of COVID-19

By Kate Davies The unfolding of the Covid 19 pandemic is a tragedy of global proportions, bringing with it an immeasurable breadth and depth of human...

The road we've travelled so far

In 2016, the South African Poultry Association reported that 80 million hens produced eggs – 96.4% in cages and 3.6% in barns and free-range systems....

Southern Africa – Feeling the Effects of the Climate Crisis

By Robyn Bowden “More than 11-million people are now experiencing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity” due to the “deepening drought and cli...

SAFCEI attends the Western Cape NERSA hearings

By Georgina Blumears January saw SAFCEI and faith leaders back, at what seems to be becoming an annual event, a public consultation on rising electric...