Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

The Protestant Church of South India’s sustainable environmental education initiative has been nominated for the 2019 UNESCO-Japan Prize.

With more than 4.3 million members, the Church of South India has placed ecological concerns as a crucial part of its constitution and mission. It runs a programme about leading healthy lives, sustainable agriculture, climate change mitigation, and energy-saving to transform behaviour and systems.

The programme works through schools, training clergy and teachers to empower people. The Green School Programme has empowered students to use natural resources and energy responsibly and efficiently. This includes harvesting rainwater, propagating plants to enhance groundwater recharge and prevent erosion, making churches plastic-free, and using sustainable construction materials to build environment-friendly churches. In addition, the programme promotes a “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” campaign eliminating chemical pesticides on church campuses and honouring local farmers; incorporating sustainable agricultural information into church services; encouraging the use of public transport to get to church; and publishing paper communication less often.

The UNESCO website acknowledges the work done by the Church of South India to empower people with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and behaviour needed to think and act for a sustainable future.

Read the original article at the UNESCO website

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