Regional Assembly of Catholic Bishops in Dar in early July
The Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference of Tanzania (TEC), Rev. Dr. Charles Kitima, told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that more than 120 bishops from nine AMECEA member states will attend, namely Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Somalia. and Eritrea.
The conference will examine the importance of raising awareness about environmental conservation and protection, thinking about environmental stewardship to ensure Mother Earth is protected from degradation, he said.
The Catholic Secretariat was drawing up plans to make Tanzania green by launching a campaign to plant family forests for family members to plant trees, he said, underscoring the motto that “this planet is all we have ; if we don’t protect it, we will be in danger because to destroy the environment is to destroy human life.
Despite various efforts to conserve the environment, degradation is alarming in various parts of the country, he said, saying studies have shown that in various parts of Tanzania, forest cover is being lost significantly with each passing day in the country. the manufacture of charcoal.
He called for more awareness campaigns and the creation of specific strategies to promote behavior change among the public to make conservation a daily routine, citing areas severely affected by degradation like Coast, Morogoro, Dodoma, Shinyanga and Manyara.
The church will launch a campaign to raise awareness among the general public about the importance of environmental conservation to ensure it becomes part of the daily routine, he hinted, saying the one of the main challenges affecting conservation efforts is the inability to align human needs and legislation.
“Most of the forest reserves are degraded for charcoal and agriculture, but we have options for that. Why can’t we reduce gas prices to facilitate the availability of cheap energy sources? asked the First Episcopal Counselor.