The WISE Green Church Initiative
WISE stands for Wealth in Stewardship of the Environment.
The WISE Green Church Initiative is an Ecumenical Program that addresses the subject of Climate Change, Environment Sustainability, Natural Resource Management and Social Justice.
This is a practical training that builds participants with the tools and skills to address the care of creation by Churches in the communities.
The WISE Green Church is a multifaceted project whose approach addresses current prevailing trends of food insecurity, environmental degradation and climate change.
The project will look at areas of social and spiritual engagement using the YAP model. The YAP model is a TEEZ new innovation of addressing Young Adult Partnership in Christian Community Services as a tool for Missions and Evangelism.
The project will provide a platform for capacity building where both young and adults will be trained as Ambassadors for Environment and Climate Change.
The project will further address programs and projects in afforestation and reforestation that will see participating churches involved in tree planting on their church grounds and in their respective communities.
This will translate the Churches faith in deeds.
It is a project that will advocate for environment behavior change among churches and communities. This will be attained through lobbying and advocating for policy change and also creating awareness through radio programs, TV programs, Christian Education on care of creation and also production of IEC materials such as brochures, banners, focus group discussions and creation based bible studies.
The project comes at a time when Zambia, a country endowed with rich and abundant natural resources in Southern Africa continues to experience less rainfall and long dry spell which has affected food security. Zambia boasts of 40% of the whole water bodies in the whole of Southern Africa and different biodiversity. While this is the case, we have experienced the rising indiscriminate cutting of trees which has caused massive deforestation in the country.
With an increase in poverty levels and unemployment, many communities and Christians inclusive have resorted to charcoal production for energy and economic livelihood without taking responsiveness in the use of Economic natural resources.