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Tawau parish gears up efforts to protect Mother Earth

TAWAU – Tawau parish is geared up to be part of the effort to protect Mother Earth from catastrophe such as climate change which is increasingly felt today.

Creation Justice Commission (CJC) from Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese spread its wings to Tawau and helped the parish to organize Climate Change awareness Seminar at Holy Trinity Parish Hall Mar 16.

Parish priest Msgr Nicholas Ong said this is the most crucial time for everyone from every level of society to be aware and to acknowledge about what is happening to the climate today, so that together humanity could
counter this threat and protect the earth.

Sr Calista Saliun, KK CJC Coordinator underscored that the call to care for the environment is aligned with Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si.

The seminar, which attracted over 200 participants, aimed to heighten the awareness of the current condition of our earth through talks by CJC members.

Professor Dr Justin Sentian from UMS spoke on the changes which
humanity needs to make as an individual, institution and generally in the ways of living if we are serious about protecting the environment.

Daisy Aloysius, Deputy Director of Environmental Protection Department
shared about the Climate Change phenomenon which has caused changes
on earth especially global warming, which has influenced decision making
by policy makers worldwide.

Philip Lasimbang from Kivatu Nature Farm demonstrated the process of making compost and organic fertilizer from waste such as raw vegetables, the making of Indigenous Micro Organism (IMO) and organic capsules.

Among other activities held that day was an exhibition on products such
as soap made of oil wastes, candles, IMO, the Holy Father’s Encyclical Laudato Si, organic capsules such as moringa, black pepper and turmeric.

Tawau parish through its Creation Justice Committee, also promoted
its collection of unused plastics to make Ecobricks where parishioners and the public are encouraged to participate. The Ecobricks could then be sent to Holy Trinity Parish and receive a token bag of rice in return.– Linda Edward

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