AFRICA: the episcopate advocates for the safety of biodiversity

The Roman Catholic Church in Africa is taking a stand in opposition to the degradation of biodiversity. In a textual content dated 21 June 2022, the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SCEAM) urges African governments to take pressing and bold measures to guard biodiversity. In line with SCEAM, “local weather and biodiversity are two sides of the identical coin and for that reason should be addressed collectively. Equally, the ecological downside can’t be separated from its social facet”.

In keeping with the encyclical Laudato si’ revealed in 2015 by Pope Francis, the bishops think about that respect for nature and the individuals who reside in it go hand in hand. Because of this, the prelates have joined forces with environmental organisations which can be calling for 50% of the earth to be protected by 2030.

The Eacop oil challenge

To justify the rationale for his or her enchantment, the bishops questioned the environmental impression of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) challenge. That is the world’s longest heated pipeline challenge, which is predicted to move about 216,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Lake Albert (in western Uganda) to the port of Tanga in Tanzania for export to worldwide markets.

The challenge is being challenged by the Civil Society Coalition on Oil and Fuel (CSCO), a coalition of 61 civil society organisations engaged on oil and gasoline points in Uganda. The coalition says that the development of EACOP would trigger severe environmental and social injury. The extraction of crude oil from Lake Albert may cripple fisheries actions. Moreover, the chance of an oil spill in Lake Victoria would have disastrous penalties for tens of millions of individuals (in about eight international locations) who rely upon the 2 lakes and their catchment areas for consuming water and agriculture.

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The SCEAM declaration was made in Nairobi, Kenya, the place 190 delegates from all over the world met from 21 to 26 June 2022 to barter an settlement, lengthy overdue since 2020, to guard nature undermined by human actions. A preparatory summit for the United Nations Conference on Organic Range (COP15), which might be held in Canada in December after two years of postponement.

Boris Ngounou

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