Daily Nation Newspaper
Take environment issues seriously, clergy prodded
THE clergy should take environmental issues seriously and not respond only during calamities, Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) general secretary Father Emmanual Chikoya has said.
“We want to see sermons and bible studies in churches targeting the environment so that we change the mind set of our people of depending on Government,” Fr Chikoya said.
Fr. Chikoya, who was Speaking during ecumenical prayers service on creation at Regina Pacis parish in Lusaka’s Chawama yesterday, said the three church mother bodies had since resolved that Christians should by all means keep church toilets and surroundings clean to prevent out breaks of water borne diseases such cholera.
Christians across the country should lead by example by being in the forefront in protecting the environment from pollution, he said.
He said the majority of Zambians were Christians and the clergy should take advantage of church gathering to sensitize the people on the importance of caring for the environment, among other important issues, and not only to respond to calamities.
Fr Chikoya disclosed that churches were mobilizing resources for the cleaning programme next year adding that it should be emulated across the country.
He said the churches would meet in Chawama constituency in January next year to clean the market.
And ZCCB Biblical Coordinator Fr Bornface Sakala urged the Christians to respect nature in order to attain salvation.