In Uganda Churches campaign against environmental destruction

Posted by Kendall Harmon

As part of efforts to save the environment in the semi-arid Karamoja sub region in northeast Uganda, the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches have launched a campaign to help stop the destruction of vegetation and plant more trees in the vast region.

Rev. John Robert Lorech of Anglican Kotido Diocese on Friday launched a program to encourage the local Karimojong communities to shift from using dry twigs to fence off their traditional homesteads to using live hedges.

Under the new strategy being piloted in Nadunget and Rupa sub counties, Lorech said the church would educate the communities to plant kei-apple shrubs to create protective hedges around their homesteads.

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Posted September 30, 2011 at 6:55 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Jeremy Bonner wrote:

It’s probably just my contrarian nature, but I’m wondering how long it will take for a comment to appear castigating the Church for getting into the business of environmentalism rather than saving souls. smile

At least the Global South appreciates that it’s not an either/or proposition.

September 30, 9:35 am | [comment link]
2. Sarah wrote:

RE: “how long it will take for a comment to appear castigating the Church for getting into the business of environmentalism rather than saving souls. . . . “

Not certain why such a comment would appear since conservation is a most excellent thing—unlike the silly faddish attempts by TECusa for relevance by jumping on the man-made global warming bandwagon, which are the vast vast vast majority of comments to which Jeremy Bonner seems to be referring.

Is it “contrarianism” or just an inability to note differences between two sets which have little if any overlap?  ; > )

September 30, 10:42 am | [comment link]
3. Jeremy Bonner wrote:

I’m not sure I agree, Sarah, not that we can’t disagree amicably as I trust we usually do.

My impression is that I think that there’s a tendency (which I have myself) to presume a secular agenda in the developed world that isn’t made when such initiatives are made in the Global South. Perhaps it’s because we know there’s no possibility of it becoming a substitute for faith in Africa (at least not yet), but I also think it reflects the defiantly individualist strain of much American evangelicalism (which also has things to be said in its favor).

It will be interesting to see, however, what African Christianity will ultimately look like in how it will in terms of political and economic stewardship. I rather suspect that it will be more corporatist than many in the US would feel was desirable, even while its theology remains uncompromised. What, for example, will be the approach of the proposed Anglican Bank, assuming it gets off the ground?

September 30, 11:19 am | [comment link]
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