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Catholic bishops demand action on climate change

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The Catholic bishops in the country have said government and Malawians of goodwill must stop talking and instead act on climate change mitigation measures.

Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) Chairperson Archbishop Thomas Msusa said it is high time Malawians recognised that climate change is real and its impact is hitting millions of people hard and talking a lot without implementation is not helping.

He said despite the presence of huge body of water and good soil for farming, Malawi is facing hunger crisis and it is surprising that people have decided to create a talk show out of the calamity instead of implementing different policies and decisions to avert the situation.

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“People know that if we cut trees anyhow, if we don’t take care of the environment, surely we will have negative impact on our lives. I would like to invite all the people to stop talking much and we do more. How many times have we planted trees, yes sometimes we plant millions and millions but we don’t take of the trees. Even if we plant, we don’t see because we just talk. I advise all the people of good will in Malawi to start implementing what we plan,” Msusa said.

He said the church has been compelled to step up its efforts in bringing climate change awareness to people because people who are suffering are church people and the church cannot just sit and see people in such a situation.

Over 6.5 million people are currently suffering the consequences of climate change after two years of mixed misfortunes of heavy rains that brought floods in some areas and long periods of dry spell.

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The development arm of the church, Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (Cadecom) in partnership with the archdiocese of Perugia in Italy on Monday started a week-long climate change workshop to promote sustainable management and promotion of territory in what is called international summer school.

Professor in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Perugia in Italy, Adriano Ciano, said it is important to discuss issues of climate change more as their impact on the people is so huge.

“We have to go back to the people and utilise their cultural and traditional values for them to be proactive in the fight against climate change. This is particularly important for the young generation that we need to leave with the hope for the future,” Ciano said.

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