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Interfaith Youth Forum on Climate and Integral Ecology


The Office of Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Franciscans Africa has hosted a whole weekend of Interfaith Youth Climate Mobilization on the 15th and 16th of September, 2023.
As we celebrate the Season of Creation from 1 September to 4 October, it was an excellent opportunity to bring together all stakeholders from Faith Based groups, especially schools and communities under the GGF program: St Michael, St Anne’s, Light Academy, Mama Africa, OLM South B, and Shauri Moyo. The two days were hosted by The Catholic University of Eastern Africa and other universities, Tangaza College, MKU, and Nazarene University.
The mobilization also saw the participation of members from different religions: Hare Krishna Temple, Bahai Temple, Harmony Institute, Mother Earth Network, Interreligious Council of Kenya, Focolare Movement, Laudato Si Movement, Green Anglican, Climate Yes and media.
On the first day, 15 September, which was attended by 600 youths, the theme of the forum was: HARMONY FOR A GREEN SUSTAINABLE WORLD: FOSSIL FUEL NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE.
It was a good platform for young people to present the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty letter that they handed over to the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan and the representative of the Holy See at UN-Habitat. The Treaty Initiative has garnered the support of several countries and distinguished leaders to formally call for an international mechanism that will guide the phasing out of Fossil Fuels in the world. There is a need for the Kenya government and the Vatican to lobby more governments to adopt the FFNPT. Other guests of honor were the first lady of Kajiado County and the Vice Chancellor of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

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This forum included a discussion of Maasai community members from Isinya/ Olepolos, a community that has been affected by drought and hunger like many regions in Kenya. Their testimony of being victims of the current climate crisis touched young people and leaders. It confirmed that social inequality and some abandoned local communities are some factors of vulnerability to climate change impact.
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As we celebrate the Season of Creation, the Interfaith Youth Forum was ‘an opportunity for all people of Faith to network and have a dialogue on promoting climate justice and Integral Ecology.

Global Climate Procession

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On day 2, all our youths from Sec. schools, Universities, Laudato Si Movement, Franciscans brothers and sisters, and media gathered at Nyayo stadium to march for climate justice.
The procession on a distance of 10 km from Nyayo stadium to The Catholic University of Eastern Africa was organized in line with the Fridays for Future Movements global climate strike and the global fight to end fossil fuels fast fair, and forever that took place on diverse days between 15th and 17 th in various place of the world. They carried banners and placards with various messages on the stopEACOP campaign and campaign to stop oil and gas extraction in Virunga National Park, as well as the auctioning of 27 oil blocs and three gas blocks in DRC. Everybody chanted the message, stopping over and raising a prophetic voice; it was a good moment for people of Faith to show that as we continue supporting and praying for leaders and victims of the climate crisis, it is our mandate to amplify our voice guided by our faith and warn world leaders and oil companies that continue burning oil is against our Faith. Young people presented to us their document of Interfaith Youth Critical Analysis on the AU Nairobi declaration that was discussed during the previous forum.

It ended with a Climate Concert with Waka Waka Band, messages of encouragement and engagement on the continuation to promote renewable energy as we keep calling on all leaders in the world, especially in Africa, to stop a new Fossil Fuel project.

Sr Mary Wangare Sebastian, the Director of JPIC Franciscans Africa, appreciated all youth, guests, Franciscans and interfaith partners for making the two-day conference successful. She committed to continue leading this platform as JPIC -FA, bringing youth to follow in the footsteps of St Francis of Assisi, leading more Faith action in promoting Peace, renewable energy and integral ecology.
Special thanks go to Global Green Fund and 350 Africa for supporting this climate mobilization, to the Hare Krishna Movement, Harmony Institute, Franciscans and The Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

The JPIC-FA TOT(trainer of trainers) training


The office of JPIC-FA together with the Luadato Si’ movement organized a Trainer of trainers training (TOT) as a way of celebrating the 8th anniversary of the encyclical letter Laudato Si by Pope Francis. The training brought 27 people together from different faiths and denominations  from all parts of the country including representatives from.

  1. Christian
  2. Muslim 
  3. Bahai 

The training also had members from the Catholic university especially from the Center for social justice and ethics, The laudato Si ’movement  and Justice , peace and integrity of creation, Franciscans Africa  (JPIC-FA) and Harmony institute.

 The three days training was on Right based approach, Social and climate justice, Laudato Si, catholic social teachings and Agro-ecology a training that focused on goal setting, expectations,Fears and dreams, the work of climate justice (causes and justice ), Our faith Say on Laudato Si and Catholic social teachings, personal ecological conversion and agro ecology.

  Food security was a key topic that was facilitated by Brian Odero from Haki Nawiri organization and the main areas he focused on were the  source of the food we consume, the methods involved in production, who are the  producers and the type of the food either ordinary or genetically modified (GMO). To add on he demonstrated on how to establish a carbon bed for the kitchen garden and how to control pests and diseases without the use of pesticides.

The training also provided enough time for personal connection with God and Nature as open masses were celebrated that gave people a chance to share what they learnt and their goals and resolutions after the training .

Many promised to carry on with the franciscan and Laudato Si mission of caring for the poor and the earth, Sharing the knowledge with fellow community members/ churches and families, engaging in responsible waste management, Setting kitchen gardens to address the issues of food insecurity and taking care  of the environment  by planting trees during the commissioning ceremony.Photo Ops



Interfaith Youth Forum on Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty


Interfaith Youth Forum on Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

JL6 Call to COP27 for an immediate phasing out of Fossil Fuel

The people of Faith are showing their commitment to raise the voices of communities and victims of the climate crisis in Kenya and Africa.

The office of Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Franciscans has gathered 600 participants from different Faiths and schools in a Conference that turned to be global due to the launching of the new Film from Vatican The Letter.

On Saturday 15Oct 2022, the Film became an excellent tool to engage with various stakeholders. Most importantly, the Member of Parliament Honorable Felix Oduor known as Jalango responded to our invitation and made a commitment to support our journey on mitigating climate change effects and give support on the Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation the Star news.


MP Felix Oduor commitment to support climate action


The famous MP  Jalango launched then the “Clean Energy School Champions  Program” Which will be conducted in  15 secondary schools and 5 Universities as pilot from 2023-2030. In Secondary Schools, it will focus on building the capacity of students on the clean energy concept, artivism, Social media Campaigns, social movement building, and clean energy innovation.  In universities, the program shall be focusing on clean energy dialogue, lobbying, and advocacy for clean energy policy.

The Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty was read by two young people one being indigenous (Maasai) and another being a lady representing gender, the Treaty was presented to the guests. The MP promised further dialogue regarding our request on building a Fossil-free Kenya.


Student's engagement on Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

At the end, students raised their voices with messages on placards addressing leaders who will attend COP27. They were requesting for climate justice now and the funding loss and damage.

Some of the partners that were present are the Laudato Si Movement, Focoral Movement, Mercy Education office, Harmony Institute, Jamia Mosque, Kenya Catholic Conference of Bishops,  AMECEA, UNEP-Faith4Earth, etc. Schools were Light International Academy, Mama Africa, Huruma Girls, St Michaels, St Anne, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Tangaza University College, Africa Nazarene University, MKU, and religious people.

The conference was organized by JPIC Franciscans Africa and hosted by The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, supported by 350 Africa, and covered by Capuchin TV, KBC and TV.

You can find here the photos of the conference and the wrap-up video of the conference.







The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation,Franciscans Africa(JPIC-FA) is a Regional faith based organization which seeks to promote and nurture the reign of God through conscious prayer and action to transform the world in the spirit of the Gospel through lives of Justice, Peace and Care for our Common home and was established to evangelize and spread the gospel  guided by the teachings and values of St. Francis of Asisi.

JPIC-FA was caught by surprise around October 2022, when Citizen TV (one of the Kenyan leading TV station) and other local mainstream media were a wash with news of herds of cattle dying in very large numbers forcing headers to sell their animals @ 500/- each, something that was unimaginable knowing too well that at normal times, this was after a drought that affected most parts of kenya especially in the arid and semi arid areas in the counties in  northern , eastern and southern parts of kenya.

The outcry from the local communities made a team of four JPIC-FA staffs/volunteers accompanied by three SVD (Divine Word Missionaries) travel more than 60km to Isinya kajiado county where on arrival the team found the ground was rather choking, saddening and unbelievable by finding mountains of carcasses of animals heaped in different positions around the Isinya abattoir , large numbers of birds of prey feasting on the carcasses and a choking stench filling all the Isinya atmosphere and the community converging around in small groups whispering to each other filled with grief and horror for what seemed awaiting for their future.


The JPIC-FA and SVD team had carried small foodstuffs for the local community and after touring the villages led by Pastor William, they concluded that there was much needed to  help the community as nothing was left to sustain them. The drought led to family issues, migration, unemployment, school dropout, child trafficking, depression, early forced marriages and suicides and because of these challenges JPIC-FA joined hands with  other well-wishers to provide food and other basic needs including school fees to school going children of which was not enough therefore thinking of coming up with sustainable projects for the community.

 The initiative helped communities from four villages in Isinya which are Olomunyak Village, Olepolos Village, Reto Village and Ebeneza Village, the food relief program has been done several times in October and December 2022, February and April 2023 and it will continue until the communities are able to sustain themselves.

JPIC-FA is also engaging and educating the local communities on how to start and establish garden farms to help sustain them so as not only depend on livestock keeping, supporting women to venture into small businesses especially art and bead works to be able to generate income and sustain them. And as a way of combating climate change, JPIC-FA has been educating communities on the need for agro ecology, environmental conservation and tree planting.


our voice to Glasgow

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                                                                                  “Destroying the planet is against our religions”

In line with COP26, Laudato Si Generation members in Kenya, through the office of Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Franciscans Africa (JPIC-Franciscans Africa) managed to create space for interfaith leaders and youths who did not get a chance to attend the Glasgow conference in the Uk, for them to get chance to stand in solidarity with all stakeholders who were part of Glasgow conference and also by raising the concerns and recommendations of voiceless people from grassroots. As we joined Pope Francis with other global faiths leaders who met on 4th October 2021 for

Faith and science towards COP26”, we organized two major events at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi- Kenya: An interfaith Prayer Day and Faith Art Climate workshop.

1. Interfaith Green Prayer Day Event

Prior to COP 26 on Sunday 17 October 2021, members of the Laudato Si Generation in Nairobi together with religious communities, CUEA students, and guests from different faiths gathered for climate action. It started with a Catholic Eucharistic Mass celebration inside of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa. During Mass, Faiths leaders Guest was warmly welcomed and was given enough time to address the congregation on matters related to climate issues globally and locally, the role and power of people of faith in influencing effective solution, and they appealed Kenyan Government and major financial institutions to take in consideration the demands from Faith leaders in regards with COP26. The Catholic University of Eastern Africa has a strong motivation to be the host of such climate actions, just remind that it was the first Kenyan Catholic institution if not in the whole Eastern Africa to declare divestment on 18th May 2020 through the Laudato Si Movement, GCCM at the time.

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The key massages of the day were: Destroying the planet is against our religions and demand was an immediate end to new fossil fuel projects, deforestation, and related financing, a massive commitment to green jobs to reduce climate pollution and end poverty for millions, reparations from wealthy countries to equip vulnerable nations for a better future of Kenya.

After Mass, the faith leaders addressed a Press communique through Capuchin TV and sent a message articulated on our demand to the World leaders who attended COP26 and Kenya Government for a just and sustainable future.

The capuchin TV covered the whole event and watch the short video here

We twitted the event under hashtag #Faith4Climate, from the Vice-Chancellor of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa the Very Rev. Prof. Stephen Mbugua and we tagged all partners find here  Pictures of the Event.

2. Faith Art Climate Workshop

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                                                                                                                        “ People to the front ”

On 5th Nov 2021, as the global conference was still going on we decided to remind leaders in Glasgow that we are watching them. The youth raised loudly the voices of the people emphasizing that in all discussions that took place in Glasgow conference leaders should put people to the front.  As the first event was meant for religious leaders, this one gave space to youth from different faiths to send their voice to leaders gathered in COP26.

On that day, youth spoke through art painting and drawing as well as a live concert with songs and poems. Find here link to the video of the day

Guests and stakeholders reiterated the need of our governments, major financial institutions, and church institutions to stop putting money in any fossil fuel project and invest in clean energy.


There was a live streaming of the event on Twitter with key messages and art pieces of which tagged the COP26 and partners around Kenya and the whole world. The power of art stands in hands of youth and they demonstrated that as all pledged the end of any new fossil fuel projects, so as to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

We are convinced that climate change is a moral and spiritual challenge, therefore we remain together in prayer and solidarity for a just transition from Fossil fuel finance towards clean energy investment.

Here is the link to the photos of the day

We appreciate the support from our partners, Green Faith International Network, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Harmony Institute, and Mother Earth Network. Our gratitude goes to our guests and partners from the Laudato Si Movement African office, Muslim community from the host university, G75 Green Faith circle, Interfaith youth from Mount Kenya University, Franciscans OFM Conventual brothers, Franciscans Missionaries of Mary sisters, the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, Hare Krishna Temple, Bahai Temple, Green Anglican, Youth Network for Interreligious Brotherhood and Capuchin TV.


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