It was a proud moment for young people, when Gertrude Clement, a sixteen year old from Mwanza, Tanzania, stood to speak at the signing ceremony of the Paris climate agreement, at the UN headquarters in New York. “Climate change threatens our life, our health, as well as our education. You may think that we are too young to know about the risks and reality of climate change, but we see it in our daily lives”
, said Gertrude.
These risks and realities have been reflected in several African countries, in just the past month. Landslides in Rwanda and Uganda, massive floods in Kenya and South Africa, have all led to loss of lives and property-with the poor bearing the brunt of it. These and other critical environmental issues, will be the focus of the 2nd United Nations Environment Assembly,
which kicks-off officially from the 23rd
of May. The ‘CYNESA Laudato Si’ month’ (19th May to 19th June),
will be our way of marking the first anniversary of the Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on care for our common home, and whose final week will culminate with the ‘Laudato Si’ Week’
Let us continue to contemplate with gladness and praise, the joyful mystery that is the world.
Founding Executive Director,