Nairobi – Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTech Africa) and Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) met to discuss cooperation and coordination of efforts on environmental conservation and protection. The meeting took place at DBTech Africa’s office with the two organizations exploring possible ways of working together.
During the meeting, DBTech Africa’s Executive Director, Fr George Tharaniyil, highlighted some of the interventions undertaken by the organization to salvage the environment as outlined in its Strategic Plan. He further reiterated the need to collaboratively and holistically implement the Laudato Si, a powerful document not only for the Catholics but also for every mankind.
On his part, Br John Njuguna, the DBTech Africa Deputy Executive Director expounded the link between Laudato Si and ecological citizenship and how it informs the implementation of DBTech Africa’s Green TVET Pillar.
“As an organization, we implement Laudato Si through advocacy, eco-conversion, movement building and footprint reduction. We also empower the youth through Laudato Si animator, Laudato Si chapters and Laudato Si clubs.” Said Mr. Prince Papa, the GCCM Program Coordinator.
Mr. Roland Kornhaeusl, DBTech Africa Project Manager, reaffirmed that GCCM’s Laudato Si animators and Laudato Si clubs are in tandem with Green TVET Pillar, urging the team to advance this conversation to identify ways in which the two organizations can mutually work together for the benefit of our youth.
The same clarion call was echoed by GCCM’s Program Manager, Br. Benedict Ayodi, who applauded DBTech Africa for the work they are doing to conserve and preserve the environment under the principles of Laudato Si.
DBTech Africa Green TVET Programme Officer, Mr. Jack Omondi also raised the central environmental issues implemented within the Green TVET Pillar and the ways in which the identified environmental issues are implemented by DBTech Africa.
The debilitating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are forcing changes in our ways of life and lifestyles, thus, the need to confront the existential threat posed by the environmental challenges. We all have a responsibility to protect the future of the planet and our shared humanity.