In this modern age of crises arising from climate change, environmental conservation has been described as a major priority for society at large and the Roman Catholic Church is one of the leading voices in this drive.
It is for this reason that Young Christian Workers (YCW) in the Diocese of Mzuzu are continuing their annual tree planting exercise by launching this year’s activities at St Monica Outstation at Enukweni in St. Denis Parish.
Led by the Diocesan team and hosted by St. Denis section the movement planted about 200 trees with more expected to be planted in their respective sections across the Diocese.
Speaking in an interview, President for Mzuzu Diocese YCWs Isaac Kaunda said the tree planting launch now paves way for members to go back to their respective areas and start planting more trees.
He went on to call for proper management of the planted trees for them to be sustained.
“As YCW we are following Pope Francis, our Holy father’s call as put in his encyclical Laudato Si, in fighting climate change and taking care of God’s creation which is good for our well being as well.
“Church members should also take care of the trees planted in their respective parishes as these trees will be useful to them in the future,” said Kaunda.
Before the exercise, mass was celebrated led by Father Cypriano Ngoma on behalf of Parish Priest, Father Tony Mfune.
In his closing remarks Fr. Ngoma who also represented the Diocesan Youth Chaplain stressed on the need for the church members to be leading examples in tree planting exercises.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now,” he started by quoting a Chinese adage. “Planting trees and taking care of the environment should be part of the spiritual journey, which is to take care of God’s creation.
“When we take care of the environment, the environment is also going to take care of us by providing for us rains, food, among other things,” said Fr. Ngoma.
On his part, Local Parish Council representative for St Monica out church, John Ghambi thanked the YCW for choosing their church to be a beneficiary of the trees and promised to look after them so that they survive and serve their intended purpose in the future.
Meanwhile the Young Christian Workers in the diocese of Mzuzu have come up with a taskforce that will be in charge of monitoring all planted tree in respective parishes to ensure that the survival rate ofbthe trees is not compromised.
Sections present at the event were Holy Cross – Nkhamenya, St. Tereza – Champhira, St. Joseph – Nkhata Bay, St. Albert The Great – Mzuzu, Utatu Utuba – Mzimba, St. Bernadette – Mzuzu, St. Thomas – Mzuzu, St. Cecilia – Mpherembe, St. Augustine – Mzuzu, and hosts St Denis – Rumphi.
The Young Christian Workers (YCW) is a movement of young men and women within the Catholic Church which, among others, aims at strengthening the faith of its members, conducting charity and social works as well as being involved in issues of national concern. It uses the mothedology of See, Judge, Act and Reflect in it approach, and has been in existence in Malawi since 1956.