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We look back at Earth Keeper Day and look forward to Earth Hour. Easter is also drawing close and we look at the connection of water to this time. Nuclear still concerns us and OWL has started a call to action on the welfare of pigs.

Dear Earth Keeper,

We are well into the year by now and the theme of Earth Keeping continues as we reflect back on Earth Keeper Day celebrated in February, whilst also looking forward to the annual Earth Hour which is taking place this 19th March. Our One Web of Life (OWL) programme has started a call to action on pigs and asks all Earth Keepers to speak against the cruel methods used on factory farms by not buying pork this year. SAFCEI is also continuing the campaign against nuclear and uranium mining; Kate Davies and the Green Bishop have written an op-ed on the latest development on nuclear indicated in the Budget Speech.
And as Easter approaches for our Christian Earth Keepers we would like to draw attention to one of our most precious resources, water, and the regenerative power held within it. We hope that as World Water Day approaches on the 22nd, all Earth Keepers will keep this sacred element in their thought, prayers and actions.

The Celebrations of Earth Keeper Day Weekend

In February we wrote about Earth Keeper Day, a day of love for the Earth. We invited everyone to join us on the weekend of the 12 -14 February in cherishing Creation and hoped to build a web of love and prayer across Southern Africa. The call did not go unanswered and we had parishes from Malawi, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa join us. Here we bring you some of the accounts of that weekend. Read more...

An Hour of Darkness brings Light to Climate Change

 On the 19th of March the world will shine a light on climate change by switching off all lights for an hour. Earth Hour, as it is known, is a worldwide campaign that draws attention to the effect climate change is having on our Common Home. Join the movement with your family and community and take this time to reconnect to your surroundings as you switch off all lights and electronic gadgets. Read more... 

A Voice for the Voiceless

The One Web of Life (OWL) programme is calling on all faith communities to act on the behalf of those that cannot speak. Factory farmed pigs are subjected to many cruel methods of farming and slaughter and OWL would like to see all Earth Keepers acting by not buying pork products this year. Together we can send out a strong message that we as consumers do not condone these practices. Read more...

SA's Energy Future

SAFCEI eagerly awaited the Budget Speech to hear what Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, would say on nuclear. We were reassured that Gordhan exercised caution and said that the nuclear procurement would only proceed at a 'scale and pace that is affordable'. We pray that renewables will continue to expand on the rapid and exciting scale they are, showing government that no nuclear is needed. Read more...

Water and Rebirth

World Water Day and Easter will be marked in the same week this year, a most apt coincidence as water is integrally connected to life, and renewal. We invite our Christian Earth Keepers to keep water central in their Easter celebrations and ask all Earth Keepers to keep this precious resource in their thoughts, prayers and actions on World Water Day - marked on the 22 March - and beyond. Read more...
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