On the 19th of September 2023, the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) will launch its Eco initiative in Swakopmund during its Executive Session. This initiative aimed to promote environmental sustainability and stewardship within the church and the wider community.
As part of the UCCSA Eco launch, a Spekboom tree planting initiative will take place in Swakopmund. Spekboom, also known as Portulacaria afra, is a drought-resistant succulent native to South Africa. It is known for its ability to absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, making it an effective tool in combating climate change.
The tree planting initiative sought to raise awareness about the importance of reforestation and the role of trees in mitigating climate change. It also aimed to encourage community engagement and participation in environmental conservation efforts.
The UCCSA Executive, along with members of the congregation and volunteers, will come together on this day to plant Spekboom trees in designated areas. This act symbolizes their commitment to environmental responsibility and their desire to create a greener and more sustainable future.
By launching the UCCSA Eco initiative and organizing the Spekboom tree planting event, the UCCSA will demonstrate its dedication to environmental stewardship and its role as a responsible custodian of the Earth.
The Rev. Damon Mkandawire (CWM Mission Secretary for Ecology and Economy) will deliver a Keynote Address during the launch.
Article by Rev. Wellington Mthobisi Sibanda (UCCSA Chronicle Editor)