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Many Heavens, One Earth, Our Continent: African Faith Commitments for a Living Planet

September 18, 2012

This Alliance of Religions and Conservation publication details African faith commitments to the environment pledged during a 2012 conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Bridging faith groups across Christian, Islamic, and Hindu traditions, the document outlines pledges taken by specific organizations or congregations to combat environmental degradation. Commitments, which are seven-year plans, were structured through a religious interpretation of texts and traditions that address environmental issues and practices. Examples of commitments include tree-growing clubs organized by the Uganda Muslim Youth Assembly, eliminating plastic grocery bags in favor of durable cloth bags through the Kenyan Hindu group Bhumi Africa, and sustainable agriculture for Christian faith leaders in Kenya. The faith groups also emphasize the power of women in implementing these environmental initiatives; basic children’s education focused on sustainable development is also a goal from the commitments.

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