“Stop Destroying Creation, No more Deforestation But plant more Trees” Arua Youth Apostolate Calls for action
The Arua Diocese Youth Apostolate in Diaspora takes immediate action against the accelerating global climatic change.
This iniatiative guided by Genesis 2:15 Humans are commanded to care for God’s creation; began with sensitization of the community at Our Lady and St Jude Parish Naggulu on Sunday 17th October 2021 in Kampala Archdiocese. This action is in line with the series of similar events that took place globally courtesy of Greenfaith international which unites all the religions against the destruction of the planet.
While at Naggulu, they showed determination by planting one tree on the compound for the Parish and prior to planting the tree ,the prayer for our earth from the Pope Francis’ Encyclical letter Laudato si’ was recited by the youths.
On Monday 18th October 2021, they executed initial actions against deforestation by engaging National Forest Authority department of National seed and training centre at Namanve.
In his speech, Rev. Fr. Camillus, the Chaplain Arua Diocese Council of Laity, Kampala noted that Christianity is not only in the church but everywhere as long as there is humanity. That is why the youths have decided to act in conjunction with relevant stake holders in the course to curb the striking deforestation levels.
“The Church should be seen as a partner in protection of the Environment through passing of information and workshops, this is a revolution. We now need to be assertive on the matters concerning the planet especially in areas where we have responsibility” Fr Camillus Said.
He further called upon youths to contribute to the fight by adopting tree planting as a measure to fend off climate change.
Mr. Kaketo Patrick,the seed Management Officer commended the young people taking the responsibility of caring for the environment. “The Future of Forest in Uganda is very bright”, He said.
He also encouraged the youths to partner with the National Forestry Authority to make West Nile and other place green.