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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DENR BICOL CONDUCTS YOUTH FORUM IN CAMARINES NORTE

Youth and student leaders in the province of Camarines Norte attended the Youth Environmental Forum facilitated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V on September 26, 2018 in Daet, Camarines Norte.

Experts from the National Youth Commission (NYC), DENR, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V discussed topics on the role of youth in nation building, current state of the Philippine environment, biodiversity and sustainable tourism, geological hazards, ecological solid waste management and ecological responsibilities.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Joaquin Ed A. Guerrero in his message, challenged the youth on their contribution to help save the planet.

The forum became an avenue for the participants to interact and discuss ideas among their peers on the pressing environmental issues and their commitments toward environmental protection and conservation.

 

The DENR V recognizes the need to engage the youth on worthwhile activities and instill to the public that the conservation of the environment is a shared responsibility not just the government but the whole citizenry. (Article by: JNLoria)

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