In an effort to deepen understanding and action on environmental stewardship, the Ghana chapter of the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability Africa (CYNESA) has unveiled its ‘Green Lent’ initiative, scheduled to run on Fridays and Sundays throughout the season.
The initiative aims to harness the power of social media, education, and advocacy to promote the principles outlined in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si and Laudate Deum encyclicals.
“Given our tech-savvy youth population, we believe it’s crucial to utilize platforms like social media to spread awareness about environmental issues and mobilize for change,” Country Director for CYNESA Ghana, Francisca Dommetieru Ziniel told Catholic Trends.
The ‘Green Lent’ campaign will feature a series of themed activities, beginning with its launch on Sunday, February 11th, 2024, across parishes nationwide. Each subsequent Friday and Sunday will focus on specific themes such as ecological responsibility, solidarity with the poor, and the role of individuals in environmental protection.
“We want to emphasize the interconnectedness of environmental issues with our moral and spiritual obligations,” stated a spokesperson for the initiative. “By reflecting on these themes during Lent, we hope to inspire meaningful action and promote sustainable practices within our communities.”
In addition to social media outreach, the campaign will incorporate practical activities such as tree planting at designated sites, symbolizing a commitment to nurturing and preserving the planet for future generations.
“We are excited to engage our youth in this important dialogue and empower them to become stewards of God’s creation,” Francisca Dommetieru Ziniel affirmed.
The ‘Green Lent’ initiative invites collaboration, suggestions, and sponsorships from individuals and organizations passionate about environmental conservation and sustainable living.
For more information and to get involved, interested parties are encouraged to contact the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA).