Interfaith dialogue links religion with climate change

An interfaith dialogue on climate change will be held at the Ateneo de Naga University on November 14, 2014 bringing together various major religious congregations and ecumenical groups, scientists, government experts, and decision makers.

The dialogue primarily aims to broaden the participants’ knowledge and understanding on climate change issues as they influence practices that either promote or discourage environmental protection and conservation. It also aims to help connect and strengthen interfaith environmental advocates in the region; address the issues of overconsumption and wastefulness of resources; foster the concept of stewardship as an exercise of one’s self control; and to enhance an orientation that favors moral responsibility to provide for current and future generations.

Faith groups expected to participate include the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace, Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines, Islamic Da’wah Council of the Philippines, Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy, Philippine Council for Evangelical Churches, National Council of Churches in the Philippines, United Council of Churches in the Philippines, and the Jewish Association of the Philippines.

Presentations such as Climate Change Situationer, Mobilizing faith-based communities to address climate change, impacts of climate change in the country and in the provinces, and grassroots adaptation and best practices in addressing climate change will serve as inputs to a workshop to identify key action agenda and to form a mechanism to foster consultation. It will likewise craft a declaration and resolutions for communities to consider.

The interfaith dialogue in Naga City is one of the eight dialogues in key areas including Malacanang, Cagayan de Oro, Tacloban, Negros, Marikina and Isabela/Ilocos.

Climate change being widely known to have been caused primarily by human activities  also has religious underpinnings. Adaptations vary but religion plays an important role in shaping a person’s values and ethical standards that could help redirect resource use trend. 

Press Release: November, 2014

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CIMATU VOWS TO STRENGTHEN CENROs, ENFORCE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS

“I will strengthen the CENROs,” says Secretary Roy A. Cimatu in his message during his recent visit in Bicol. Secretary Cimatu vowed to strengthen the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) being the frontline unit which delivers the services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the people.

According to Secretary Cimatu, he will empower the Forest Protection Officers to ensure their welfare and security. “Hindi tama na binabantayan ninyo ang mga puno, pero hindi ninyo mabantayan at maipagtanggol ang inyong mga sarili. We will train you. Pag-aaralin natin yan,” he said.

Citing his major thrusts for the environment, Secretary Cimatu emphasized clean air, clean water and solid waste management. He vowed to protect the environment by strictly and fully enforcing the laws. “We will do something for the environment, and I need all of you,” he stressed. He is optimistic that with the help of all DENR employees all environmental laws will be implemented to the fullest.

Meanwhile, Secretary Cimatu expressed his awe to Bicol Region being home to the world’s most perfect cone volcano and the world’s smallest commercial edible extant fish. He said that both Mayon Volcano and the Sinarapan or locally known as “Tabios” should be protected including all our natural resources. His orders for their protection were made explicitly to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers where these two (2) wonders are found.

The Environment chief likewise warned employees about zero tolerance on corruption. “Do your work with honesty and integrity. Corrupt officials and employees will be punished. You don’t have a second chance with me,” the environment chief said. 

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DENR SECRETARY CIMATU PLANTS A PILI SEEDLING IN DENR BICOL. 

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