On the 10th of September 2016 Green Anglicans facilitated a workshop with Anglican Students Federation at Bokone Bophirima, Mahikeng University and from the 30th of September to 2nd of October with GBFS in the diocese of the Free state in their annual conference on the issues of Environment using the church response God’s creation.
The workshops seek to address the importance of environment and to encourage people to take care of Gods creation, the attendance was very good and participation was very amazing.
As the Anglican Communion we strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the earth.
We had several discussions about environment but what caught my attention is that, why should we take care of Environment and we discussed few of them, which are:
- A clean environment is essential for healthy living
“Air pollution can cause respiratory diseases and cancer”
- The overall temperature of earth’s atmosphere is increasing
- Your great – great and great grandchildren will appreciate it
- Biodiversity is important
- It’s a reflection of your character
“What we are doing to the forest of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another” Mahatma Ghandi
- Earth is our home
“it’s where we live, so we better take care of it”
In the Diocese of the Free State, Girls and Boys friendly society event I challenged them to be friendly to Gods creation and planting trees is one of the best things they can do for the planet, Trees are like the lungs of the planet.
While in Mafikeng campus we talked about the need to keep our toilets clean, Toilets are the reflection of society “use public or campus toilets like you use your own toilets at home, you need ethics when using toilets”
For those that don’t know, caring for the environment doesn’t require you to become an environmental activist, just care for the environment and make eco-conscious decisions.
“When the earth is sick and polluted, human health is impossible, to heal ourselves we must heal our planet, and to heal our planet we must heal ourselves” by Bobby Mcleod.
Diocese of the Free State