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E-Newsletter ~ April Edition

Dear Friends,

Happy and blessed Easter!

The last couple of months have for us at CYNESA, been filled with many activities and encounters, but also with reminders, some tragic, of the urgency of the “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”.

In mid-March, Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique, destroying about 90 percent of the city of Beira. Parts of Zimbabwe and Malawi were also affected, and continue to bear the brunt of the destruction, with reports of outbreaks of water borne diseases. In Kenya, the weatherman recently announced that we may not experience the long rains this season. Severe drought and famine is already a reality in parts of the country and it seems the situation will worsen before it gets better.

We sent a strong delegation to the 4th UN Environment Assembly – which for the first time, had a dedicated space for faith-based organizations- the Faith4Earth tent. The Arrupe Jesuit Institute in Accra, Ghana, played host to a CYNESA delegation, and together worked towards the setting up of CYNESA Ghana, our first chapter in West Africa. Planning for our 5th anniversary and the 4th anniversary of Laudato Si, is also at advanced stages. All these are signs of hope that the resurrection brings forth.

As Catholic Ecology reminded us in 2012, “let us pray, then, that throughout the Easter Season, all Christians will reflect on the Resurrection accounts and see the great good of creation that sustains us all.”

Allen Ottaro,
Founding Executive Director,
CYNESA.
FEATURED BLOGS
Climate and Coconut in Accra:
A lively evening in Accra - Ghana, filled with robust discussions about how young people can ramp up climate action in their communities. 
By: Allen Ottaro.
Special report on Cyclone Idai:
Cyclone Idai, considered one of the worst on record to hit Africa, left a trail of death and destruction in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
By: Tendai Matare, SJ.
#Faith4Earth:
CYNESA and Brahma Kumaris co-hosted a side event at UNEA4 titled, Lifestyle Changes based on Values and Ethics – The Role of Faith in promoting Sustainable Consumption and Innovative Technology.
By: Hellen Mugo.
Reflections of the Fourth edition of UNEA: 
“We only have one Earth! Now is the opportune time to take action and take care of it. Let’s move beyond the conversation and put our words into action".
By: Kudzanai Chimhanda.
Towards a Global Pact for the Environment:
Insights from the Second Substantive Session.
The ad hoc open-ended working group established in May 2018 by the United Nations General Assembly convened its second substantive session  in March at the United Nations grounds at Nairobi.
By: Alphonce Munyao Muia.
Masvingo Deanery Youth in Clean up Campaign: 
Masvingo Youth espoused the Catholic teachings on environment by facilitating a cleanup campaign in the Central Business District of Zimbabwe, as a way of honoring God’s creation.
By: Tatenda Mqetu.
Reflections and insights on UNEA4 on CYNESA YouTube Channel.
CYNESA offers the platform through which young Catholics across Africa, respond to the twin challenges of Environmental Degradation and Climate Change, from the perspective of Catholic social teaching on care for creation, paying attention to the most vulnerable.
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