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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GREEN SEA TURTLE RELEASED IN VIRAC, CATANDUANES

A green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), locally known as Pawikan, was released by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Catanduanes together with the Provincial Government of Catanduanes to the shores of Barangay Capilihan, Virac, Catanduanes on August 5, 2019.

The Pawikan which measured approximately 51 centimeters (cm.) long and 47 cm. wide was found in Barangay Antipolo, Bagamanoc by Richard Cabrera, a fisherman in the said barangay, and turned-over to the office for its inspection and release.

Moreover, this is the ninth recorded release of marine turtle this year in the province of Catanduanes.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V continuously calls on the public to report such incidents and turnover any wildlife to proper authorities for proper handling and release them to their natural habitat. Continuous information, education and communication (IEC) campaign is being undertaken by the DENR, which have caused increasing numbers of public turn overs to the office.*JNLoria###

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