• Young People Caring for Our Common Home - CYNESA
  • Climate and Coconut in Accra, Ghana
  • Masvingo Deanery Youth in Cleanup Campaign (1)

Our Story

Inspired by St. Pope John Paul II’s 1990 message for World Day of Peace, in which he called for the need to upscale ecological awareness and to find fitting expression in concrete programs and initiatives, young Catholics from Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda and South Africa, drawn from and representing university chaplaincies and parish groups, joined up to respond to this invitation, and to set up the Africa-wide Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) in January 2012. CYNESA is - the platform for all young Catholics in Africa, promoting responsible stewardship of the environment!

Education and Awareness Creation

CYNESA is preparing a youth toolkit on climate change that draws from scripture, Ignatian Spirituality, scientific research and Catholic social teaching.

Networking and Advocacy Training

We seek to establish and build relationships with like-minded partners, train young Catholics in advocacy on environmental sustainability, and link different initiatives on the continent.

Encouraging and Supporting Local Action Plans

We endeavor to encourage young people to act in their parishes, schools and within their youth movements by developing appropriate sustainable practices to conserve resources.

What is Antimicrobial Resistance?

According to the Africa Union Center for Disease Control (AUCDC), Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) occurs when antimicrobials undergo genetic changes. Most microorganisms have used their survival mechanisms ( genetic changes) to resist the effect of Antimicrobials. The misuse, abuse and overuse of Antimicrobials in human health and animal health has led to resistance, which in turn spills over into the environment and

World Antimicrobial Resistance Week (WAAW)

The World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Week (WAAW) is set to take place, November 18th to 24th 2020. So what is Antimicrobial Resistance, and why should we be concerned about it, especially in a time that the world is dealing with a pandemic?

The Catholic Social Teaching, Bridging the Gap Between the Teaching and Practice: Our Response to The Environment

There is a saying in Latin which goes thus: “verbum docet, exampla trahunt” (word teaches, examples draw). In our contemporary era, unlike any other eras in the history of mankind, the cry of the environment resounds loudly than ever. The environment laments of

Integrating Biodiversity in Pastoral Engagements: A Reflection on Laudato Si’

From conception to death a human person is able to survive due to provisions of nature as provided by our mother earth. Human interaction with nature is a product of personal choices and some are a product of incidents. Our life changes are…

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CYNESA South Africa Team Meets with Environmental Affairs Minister Barbara Creecy

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Fisheries and Forestry of the Republic of South Africa, Hon. Barbara Creecy, held a consultative meeting with young leaders, and engaged in an interactive dialogue on a wide range of environmental issues.  The event, held on February 27th at the Aviator Hotel in Kempton Park, Johannesburg,…

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