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As 12th December marks the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the world had pledged to cut their emissions and to take climate action needed that will keep the planet at a liveable temperature of 1.5 oC.  However, 5 years later many are failing or putting forward false solutions.
As an Interfaith youth platform in Kenya and Africa, we have been fighting to kick coal out of the country and our continent. As we celebrate this anniversary, young people from Laudato Si Generation Africa members call on our government to demonstrate real climate leadership to stay within 1.5C  by keeping in the ground and not funding fossil. 
Join our Interfaith Poetic Youth Forum and see how talent speaks. Poems, spoken words, songs, and motivational speeches. Mr. Omar Elmawi will share his experience in Decoalonize movement. Rukia Ahmed a Muslim young climate activist from OLM Girls Shauri Moyo Secondary School will share the dream of young people by breaking down the theme of the day “We rise again”
 
Carry your candle and message on a paper. We shall light candles in solidarity with communities victims of climate change and Coivid-19. We shall raise messages during a striking moment.
Choose a message here: - Keep in in the ground
                                         -Honor the Paris Agreement
                                         - Stop Coal business
                                         - Stop Fossil fuels business
                                         - Yes for Renewables 
                                         - We need a just recovery
 
Time: 4.00-5.30 PM, Nairobi
 
Topic: INTERFAITH POETIC YOUTH FORUM
 
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The interfaith youth platform in Nairobi led by the office of Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Franciscans Africa, joined the Fridays for Future movement on 25 Sept 2020 by a virtual event.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of schools, it was impossible to gather thousands of students that we engage with in various schools. The green festival was organized in line with our annual interfaith youth forum on peace and environment, also inline with global climate strike. It was meant to creating an online space for children for them to express their opinion of the issue of Coal mining in Kenya (Kitui and Lamu) as well as the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (Uganda and Tanzania).

Two experts: Sheikh Muhamad Khan from international Inter-religious Association of Peace and Development was there to give information and updates to children on the danger caused by the coal project in Kitui and Lamu; and Prince Papa from the Global Catholic Climate Movement Africa chapter elaborated on the local and regional risks related to EACOP.

Children from different schools, different faiths plus religious people took the online stage performing with various items for climate advocacy. We can mention few items like: the famous

poem of Sister Jacinta Mwende, the song of Anne Wambui, the spoken word by Allan Kariuki from Global Hope Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, motivational speech by Sarah Khan etc.

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        Some key messages of the day

All participants had carried placards on which were written key messages of the day: a just recovery, resistance and vigilance, no to fossil fuel, stop EACOP, yes for renewable energy, support young leaders in climate action , Decoalnize Kenya etc.

We got time to raise our messages and shout slogans, we also got time to light candles in solidarity with all children who were taking action around the world. The lighting candles meant also our solidarity with all victims of climate crisis and Covid-19.

At the end , the Song Afrika Vuka https://youtu.be/pQrqxcZDzf8 was launched officially  and all participants celebrated the day by dancing the song which has also the message of no fossil fuels and advocating for a just recovery. Watch the livestreamed event  https://youtu.be/i1EFENwqjgc, and here the uploaded version https://youtu.be/UUEq0X4skho.

Find here also some pictures of the event here Interfaith Green Festival Pictures.

Among participants, we had some from Tanzania and Uganda. Two children homes that have been very active in advocating for climate justice were present and the boys represented their respective schools, Global Hope Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (Ngong Township primary school, Ngong Township secondary schools, Nakeel Boys, Olooluwa primary school, Olooluwa secondary school) . The children from Mary Immaculate Rehabilitation Center represented schools like (St. Michael’s Secondary school, St. Catherine’s primary school, St Peter and Paul school in Embu, Mangu High school, Mbakkini secondary school. Others were schools of Mercy (Ngarariga Secondary school, Huruma Girls, Our Lady of Mercy Girls Shauri Moyo, Harmony Institute, Young Mercy Ecology, Hare Chrisna Temple, Younnib,  Franciscan Youth in Mulogoro TZ, Bright Doves of St Francis of Assisi in Uganda, Sisters of Mercy, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Interfaith Health Network Initiative from New York/US, a Young Muslim representative from Minnesota /US and Little Sisters of St Joseph and others.

The event was live on JPICFA YouTube channel and GCCM Africa Facebook page, as well as twitter #FaithAction_KE#JustRecovery#AfrikaVuka.

Note: Some students who were to present failed to join in the Webinar due to technical problems

The event started 4.10 and ended at 6.20 pm. Live participants 103 including YouTube and Facebook page. To make this event possible, we say thank you to all organizers and students from various school, especially 350 Africa for supporting us financially and technically.

Sustainability and way forward

Despite that we can not reach out to all students we have been engaging with, at least we got a number of high school students who are ready to keep movement. Schools Managers and parents are also willing to release children for this noble cause.

Thanks to  350.Africadownload

 

Steeven Kezamutima

JPICFA-Program Manager

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                   CARRY YOUR CANDLE AND A PLACARD WITH A MESSAGE
 
Carry your candle, hold a paper or a placard written on a message for the Global climate strike. That was the call to join the world in an interfaith global voice for climate justice, Friday 25/09/2020 at 4.00 pm Nairobi time or 9.00 AM Eastern time 9US and Canada)

Below are the messages used by participants on their placards.

-We need a just recovery
-No to fossil fuels
-Africa is not a dumpster
-Yes for renewable energy
-We resist and insist 
-We are all vigilant 
-Jubilee for the Earth
-Afrika Vuka
-Support young climate activist
-There is no planet B, etc
-Decaolonize Africa
 
There was a time to raise messages and a time to light candles in solidarity with all children around the world who are crying for climate justice.

 

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Church leaders invited Christians to celebrate the Season of Creation

 

 

JPIC FRANCISCANS AFRICA  joined Christians across the globe in prayer and action for the environment 

Against a backdrop of multiple crises, Christian leaders are focusing on caring for the environment as a way to heal divisions and build a more healthy community. 

JPIC Franciscans Africa and Franciscan Family Kenya Association lead activities to care for the environment during the Season of Creation, a season of prayer and action for creation that was celebrated by Christians around the world.

It was a strong statement of support for environmental protection and gave hope to many. JPIC Franciscans Africa knows that environmental destruction ultimately harms people and vulnerable people above all. 

By healing the planet that provides for us, they hope to encourage a culture of prudence and responsibility. This kind of activity unites the people across Africa to care for each other and the home we share. 

For decades, Christians across the globe have reconciled with our Creator during the annual Season of Creation. Church leaders from Pope Francis to the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew have invited the world’s Christians to participate in this transformative celebration. The season runs from 1 September through 4 October each year.

The theme of repairing the bonds with all of creation was especially pertinent in the year 2020, as the world continues to endure both the coronavirus pandemic and the worsening climate emergency.

More information about the Season of Creation can be found at SeasonOfCreation.org.

 

 The JPIC FA and Franciscan family organized an event to launch the season of creation on 5th September at the PORTIUNCULA CENTRE in NAIROBI. 

 The Theme was: FRANCISCANS ENJOY THE SEASON OF CREATION

His Excellency the NUNCIO blessed the event with his presence as the main celebrant in the Holy Mass at 10 am and the Capuchin TV broadcasted the celebration.

Prof Dr. Stephan Mbugwa the Vice-Chancellor of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa also honoured the event with his participation.

 

FRANCISCAN FAMILY DAY - Franciscans Enjoy Season Of Creation

Launching of Season of Creation by Archbishop Hubertus Matheus Maria van Megen, Nuncio in Kenya

 

 Thank you for Joining the Season of Creation

 

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Everything Is Connected.

Laudato Si Week Celebration.

During Laudato Si week JPICFA  invited the public to an online Zoom event, on  22nd May 2020  at 4.00 PM, Nairobi time. Many special guests Attended, one of them on the poster. There was an exhibition session of photos and success stories of what we've been doing together. We had also entertainment by our CUEA Band.

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