Interactive Seminar on Religion and Climate Change in Bauchi State

30 July 2015

“Forward in Action for Conservation of Indigenous Species & Leadership” (FACIS), a URI Cooperation Circle in collaboration with Climate And Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet), concluded a one-day seminar under the theme: "Religion, Climate Change and the Future of our Planet" in Bauchi State, in Northeastern Nigeria. 

The 1-day interactive session focused on the interconnection between religion, peaceful coexistence, human and climate justice and the key environmental concerns of the communities, with participation of religious leaders, politicians, academicians, women groups, students and youth environmental and peace activists and media.

Seminar Topics:

1. Climate change: Nigerians and their environment

2. Global warming, desertification and the imperatives of a green future

3. Far Better Ways to Live Together Sustainably and in Good Relationship with Each Other and Earth from the Christian Perspective

4. Far Better Ways to Live Together Sustainably and in Good Relationship with Each Other and Earth from the Islamic Perspective

Read more about the seminar here.

One of the outcomes of this seminar was a call by the religious leaders themselves seeking to be trained on climate change so that they can be fully involved in creating the awareness on mitigation and adaptation measures among their followers at places of worship.

The URI global trustee member in Africa, Hon. Elisha Buba Yero, was present at the seminar and shared the need for more Cooperation Circles (CCs) to get involved in passing the message of peace and love for one another and a friendly environment to make the planet safer and healthier for all God’s creatures.

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Bauchi State promised to distribute tree seedlings through URI to communities in order to ensure people involvement, participation, and ownership for a sustainable peaceful environment.

Its in view of this outcome, "FACIS" as a CC is planning to organize a 3-day workshop in collaboration with other CCs to train religious leaders on climate change in November of this year. 

- Usman Inuwa, FACIS Cooperation Circle

Read more about the conference here.