Engaging young people in environmental ministry is very important as it creates an early understanding of climate change as well as value of creation. We made it a competition in order to add a youthful taste and for it to be intriguing to young people.
The Diocese of Umzimvubu has spotted the potential young people have in terms of changing the environmental issue.
The environmental coordinator headed an Eco-Tourism and Green Kokstad project where by homes at Shayamoya with their outstation St Francis Parish Bongweni started a garden. This initiative is done in collaboration with Scientific Roets and Yondlabantu NGO and the primary purpose of this initiative is to fight poverty and hunger.
Young people are selected as Green Ambassadors, who receive some training through Scientific Roets and always check the progress of the gardens seasonally. “Each year we always have some competitions whereby we vote for a person who has got the most beautiful garden.”
What is your Diocese doing to Combat Climate change? It is our responsibility to take care of creation and unite in greening our churches and the community.
Rev Mandla Rangana, Mzimvubu Environmental Coordinator