CAIRO — The Egyptian Coptic Church launched Dec. 25 an initiative to plant timber within the grounds of its church buildings and parishes with the intention to tackle local weather change.
The church additionally introduced a contest with prizes totaling 750,000 Egyptian kilos (roughly $48,000), supplied that opponents select timber appropriate for the atmosphere during which they are going to be planted, bear in mind landscaping and aesthetic look, and plant a minimum of 1,000 timber in each distinguished parish.
The spokesman for the Egyptian Coptic Church, Moussa Ibrahim, advised Al-Monitor, “The tree planting initiative stems from the church’s concerns about preserving the country and the world as a whole amid the climate change the planet is experiencing. The church had to take a stance and do something about it.”
He mentioned, “The church has launched several initiatives to raise awareness about climate change especially in Egyptian villages, as well as its participation in several events and conferences organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Environment or civil society organizations concerned with climate change issues.”
Ibrahim famous, “The initiative received broad acclaim and many media outlets covered the story, allowing it to have a wider reach. The results of the tree planting competition will be announced before Egypt hosts the COP27 [United Nations Climate Change Conference] in November 2022, and the results of this work will be presented during the conference activities.”
On Nov. 12, the plenary session on the COP26 determined to carry the subsequent version of the convention in Sharm el-Sheikh, in November 2022.
The Egyptian authorities instantly started preparations to host the COP27. On Nov. 25, it fashioned a supreme committee headed by Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly to arrange the convention. The committee consists of Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad, Finance Minister Mohamed Maait and Planning Minister Hala al-Saeed.
Fouad famous in a Nov. 25 assertion that coordination conferences have been held along with her counterparts in several ministries to develop an motion plan for organizing the convention. “During the meetings, a number of initiatives and implementation mechanisms were discussed, in addition to a package of development projects, based on the National Strategy for Climate Change.”
Kamal Zakher, a Coptic journalist for Shorouk News, advised Al-Monitor, “The social and environmental dimension is an integral part of the Egyptian Church’s tasks. It thus contributes to the homeland’s sustainable development.”
He mentioned, “The tree planting initiative helps raise awareness among citizens and educate them on how this important issue affects all aspects of life and has negative repercussions that we can prevent together. The church is thus supporting environmental awareness and social development as well as promoting a sense of solidarity among people.”
Meanwhile, Saber Othman, a local weather change skilled and former director of the local weather change division on the Ministry of Environment, advised Al-Monitor, “The Egyptian Church’s initiative is one of the most important initiatives to raise awareness about climate change. Although trees take years to grow and begin the process of absorbing carbon dioxide from the air, such initiatives are important to raise awareness and motivate people to take serious steps to confront climate change.”
He famous, “Egyptian authorities — official or unofficial — have recently paid great attention to addressing the climate change crisis after seeing its effects with their own eyes.”
Othman added, “Many studies have addressed the impact of climate change on Egypt, with top of the list the rise in sea level. The proof is what is happening in the city of Alexandria — the erosion of the beaches and salinization of the soil — while the Nile Delta is threatened by an increase in the area of saline soil, not to mention the violent weather events after which farmers endured heavy losses and many buildings in urban areas were damaged.”
The Egyptian authorities has not formally commented on the church’s initiative. However, a supply on the Egyptian Ministry of Environment, who declined to be named, advised Al-Monitor, “The initiative was welcomed by the Ministry of Environment due to its importance in raising awareness of the climate change crisis, at a time when we are trying to stress the need to preserve the environment, especially in light of our preparations to host the COP27 later this year.”
The supply added, “The Egyptian Church cooperates with us in lots of tasks associated to preserving the atmosphere, and performs an energetic function within the subject of neighborhood consciousness. This is a required and necessary matter for all establishments together with the Egyptian state’s curiosity in addressing environmental safety and coping with local weather modifications. Al-Azhar and the church particularly advocate for all Egyptians.”