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Presbyterian Church Engages In Climate Change Fight 

By Nwunfor Babila N*

The Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, has pledged to partake in the fight against climate change and its impacts in Cameroon. This was during a recent consultation forum that took place at the PCC Synod Office in Buea Town.

Cameroon is one of the many developing countries bearing the brunt of climate change due to the industrialised lifestyles of Western Countries. Scientists say the major cause of sickness and death in Cameroon could be associated with rising temperatures due to global warming. Statistics show a decrease in rainfall by over 2 percent per decade since 1960, which again could be associated to climate change. The production of cash crops like cocoa is declining as a result of paucity of rainfall.

It is against such a back drop that the PCC Moderator, Rev. Dr Nyansako-ni-Nku, said the church needed to play its role in society, redressing the impact of climate change in Cameroon.
Speaking to The Post, Rev. Nku complained that, the world has been hijacked by human activities, which do harm to the eco-system. He posited that, it is the church’s responsibility to make things right, climate-wise, for posterity. Dr Nku gave more examples of the impact of climate change, citing the encroaching of pasture lands by the Chad Desert into Cameroon. He also made mention of rivers which are drying up all around Cameroon, citing Ngaroua as an example. Rev. Nku said global warming is a pertinent issue since most Cameroonians depend a lot on agriculture and livestock for their livelihoods.

On the question of pressing the government to embark on a hands-on approach to the problem of global warming, Rev. Nku stated that, the consultation serves also to strike government’s awareness on the problem of global warming and the church’s undertaking to that effect.
According to Rev. Nku, the consultation is a prelude to a summit in London, in November, organised in part by the church. Dr Nku added that, resolutions made at the summit would be taken to the conference in Copenhagen, Sweden, come December, on climate change.

The PCC Moderator also told The Post how practical the church has been on the issue of climate change. He explained that, it has been 20 years since the church began planting trees to make up for those cut regularly. A tradition which he says, the Church has observed yearly.
On his part, the Communication Secretary of PCC, Rev. Achowah Umenei, told The Post that, caring for the climate should be a participatory matter. "Individuals can reduce the impact of climate change by disposing of their waste material properly," Rev. Umenei said. He criticised the habits of individuals who urinate and defecate in rivers, which are used for laundry, drinking, or cooking.

(UB Journalism Student On Internship)

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