Environmental Action Programme 2022
“Action is urgently needed. Our Creator called the human family to be the steward of creation, but we have neglected that call. Our hotter, dirtier, deader planet is driving up the risk of suffering. The most vulnerable suffer above all”.
Our world is Burning. The climate crisis and environmental degradation are real and taking care of our environment is increasingly a priority for our generation. Responding to the climate crisis is everyone’s responsibility. Therefore, everyone’s talents and involvement are needed if we are going to turn the tide on environmental degradation and its devastating effects on the world’s populations, particularly the poor and vulnerable. The Green Hearts South Africa climate action campaign aims to respond to the invitation to act to overcome this climate crisis by inviting individuals, families, communities, organisations, private business, government agencies and any other interested stakeholders to join in a partnership that promotes actions and attitudes of care for the earth, our common home.
The SJTI Environmental Action Programme is aimed at creating awareness and promoting action for environmental stewardship and ecological conversion.
The programme is born as a direct response to two calls:
i. Pope Francis
Through the launch of the Laudato Si Action Platform called on institutions, communities and families to get involved and journey together towards full sustainability in a holistic spirit of integral ecology.
ii. OMI general Administration
Through signing on to Pope Francis’ Laudao Si Action Platform, the OMIs set to develop within the Oblate congregation viable projects of integral ecology. Institutes of Higher Learning have a unique capacity to offer, through their academic programs, ongoing education, or institute policies, processes and/or programs that can teach and practice integral ecology and evangelization.
Green Hearts South Africa’s mission is to create supportive, engaged and ecologically conscious communities that promote responsible citizenship and individual and community action in the care for the earth, our common home. Our primary goal is to help society develop positive attitudes and to get involved as agents of change that care for the earth enough to want to make a difference. The campaign focuses on 3 pillars that are critical in responding to the environmental crisis: Awareness, Education and Action.
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The St Joseph’s Theological Institute Environmental Action Programme, called Green Hearts South Africa, operates under the following auspices:
Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, General Administration
Oblates of Mary Immaculate Southern Africa Province
SJTI Board of Directors
The operations of Green Hearts South Africa is entrusted to the SJTI Executive Administration who will be tasked with ensuring that the programme:
- Meets its intended objectives
- Remains within the budget constraints
- Has appropriate personnel driving implementation
Further, the SJTI Executive will be responsible for giving regular reports on a pre-determined time-period.
Green Hearts South Africa is a collaborative programme and invites all interested individuals, families, communities, organisations, business and government agencies to come together and be part of the Green Hearts South Africa campaign.
Partnership is voluntary and entails a commitment to acting in small or big ways in caring for the environment.
Join the action and share your Green Heart
To become a part of those who are changing the world by caring for the earth complete the following:
THE LAUDATO SI’ GOALS
These seven goals provide guidance on urgent and immediate actions each one of us can take in the care of our common home. “All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents” (Laudato Si’ 14)