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Bishop Urges Parishes And Institutions To Have A Green Policy

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altBALLARI, JUNE 05, 2016: Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary has urged all parishes and institutions of the diocese to have a Green Policy and to implement it enthusiastically.

“India in general and northern Karnataka in particular has been reeling under acute shortage of water this summer. Many people have been victims of water borne diseases. The time has come to evolve more effective strategies to manage and conserve natural resources”, declared Bishop D’Souza.

Reflecting on the precarious situation and recalling the final statement of CBCI GBM 2016 which stated: “The ruthless exploitation of the earth’s resources has adverse effects on humanity. Pope Francis affirmed: ‘As stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. When we destroy our forests, ravage our soil and pollute our seas, we betray that noble calling’. In this regard, we must go to the heart of the ecological degradation and advocate an education in ecological responsibility because “we are all really responsible for all”.

Proposals: 

1.    Every Diocese and Parish to draw up an Environment (Green) Policy. 

2.    Organizing programmes for protecting the environment and fostering love for nature.

3.    Encouraging use of solar energy, rain-water harvesting, and use of bio-gas plants. 

4.    Promoting sustainable development through change of lifestyle (reuse, reduce, recycle).

5.    Encouraging organic farming and say no to pesticides and plastics. 

6.    Facilitating environmental education and ecological conversion” (CBCI Final Statement 2016).

Therefore, Bishop urged “all diocesan commissions, parishes and institutions to evolve a practical action plan by discussing the above with their Parish Pastoral Councils, staff members, students’ councils and display the same prominently and implement it conscientiously. We urge BDBE, BDDS and CRI to facilitate the process and send a report to Bishop in three months”.

Also, Bishop Henry D’Souza urged the youth of the diocese “to act concertedly to conserve water, promote watershed management, and plant and protect trees. Let that be the priority for the year. The time to act is now, failing to do so would be serious dereliction of duty”.

The following is a sample Green Policy:

We resolve and commit ourselves:

·           To replace misuse with moderation, greed with generosity, wastefulness with sharing;

·           To Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with minimum garbage, no litter;

·           To conserve water by plugging leaks, stopping wastage & watershed management;

·           To save electricity by turning off lights and gadgets while not in use;

·           To stop food wastage and minimize junk food;

·           To celebrate festivals with no air and sound pollution;

·           To avoid paper wastage, using notebooks fully, both sides of paper;

·           To plants saplings every year and protect them;

·           To grow vegetables without wasting water;

·           To use organic/natural manure and lessen the use of fertilizers and pesticides.

·           To keep our compound clean and green!

·           To save ponds and lakes; respecting parks n forests as green lungs;

·           To give life, save life and donate organs to needy.

Bishop D’Souza insisted: “All of us need to heed the call given by Pope Francis to ‘care for the earth, our common home’”. 

 
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