The African Catholic Union of the Press (UCAP) and its Uganda Chapter (UCAP-Uganda), in collaboration with partners, have inaugurated a Pan-African Refresher Program on integral ecology, running from November 6th to 11th.
The seminar’s theme is “Contribution of Journalists and Media Practitioners Toward an Integral Ecology According to the Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ of Pope Francis.” Attendees include journalists, communicators, and professionals involved in sustainable development from Ghana, Nigeria, Oman, Brazil, Germany, Togo, and Uganda.
The primary objective of this event is to “enhance the capacities of media professionals and suggest effective approaches to address environmental issues integral to the sustainable development of the African continent,” as stated by Charles Ndawula, the president of UCAP-Uganda during the opening ceremony.
Dr. Paolo Ruffini, Prefect of the Dicastery for Communication at the Vatican, commended the organizers and partners for emphasizing the crucial role of communication in raising awareness of the significant challenges we collectively face. Dr. Ruffini referred to the apostolic exhortation Laudato Deum, published on October 4, 2023, as an extension of Laudato Si, emphasizing the need for global cooperation in addressing climate change and combatting the spread of fake news.
Cardinal Michael Czerny, S.J., Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, encouraged participants to consider both Laudato Si and Laudate Deum, highlighting the importance of an integral ecology that addresses environmental and social justice concerns. He urged communicators to collaborate with families, parishes, organizations, and projects to promote ecological education and address new challenges.
Charles Ayetan, the continental president of UCAP, emphasized the event’s ambition to create a platform for disseminating information and education in support of integral ecology for sustainable development. Participants in the program were educated about ecological crises in their respective countries and regions, including climate change, pollution, forest devastation, and their root causes. The seminar will culminate in resolutions and commitments aimed at contributing to integral ecology for development.
The program seeks to empower journalists and media practitioners to play a pivotal role in addressing environmental challenges and fostering sustainable development across the African continent.
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