Responding to our members work in addressing the climate crisis, in 2020 we established the Misean Cara annual Climate Action Awards.
In 2021, the Climate Action Awards recognised individual projects and people that were showing leadership to help communities protect their environment, restore biodiversity and find new and innovative ways to grow food. The 2021 winners were:
Mr. Lucien Diarra of St. Louise Inclusive School,
Nouna, Burkina Faso, received an Individual Award for his forward-thinking work as the school’s gardener and groundskeeper, transforming a dusty compound with little shade into a lush microclimate that produces fruit trees and crops to feed the school community. His outreach initiatives to ten nearby villages have resulted in increased tree planting and an understanding of the importance of climate care. Sr. Toyin Abegunde of the Daughters of Charity remarked “We wish to nominate Lucian Diarra for his resilience in promoting climate change and encouraging others to do so in a difficult climate zone.”
Fr. Tim Galvin, Saint Patrick’s Missionary Society,
also received an Individual Award for his work with the St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Riwoto, South Sudan. Fr. Tim, a Laudato Si’ Animator, is working with his parish community to mitigate the effects of climate change by planting trees for shade and fruit and by setting up the St. Mary Magdalen Garden at the parish primary school, which provides food crops for the school. Every plant and tree grown stores carbon and reduces the level of greenhouse gas emissions, while the trees also help combat desertification and prevent erosion by flooding during the rainy season. Flowers are also being planted to attract bees and butterflies.
The Salesian Missions of Ireland/Don Bosco Aid
were awarded a project-based Climate Action Award for a grassroots community-based survey to gather data on how well the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Climate has been implemented. The Action Agenda was established in 2015 to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, by providing a new global framework for financing sustainable development. The Salesians conducted the survey in communities in seven countries: India, Nepal, the Philippines, Mexico, Haiti, Kenya and Senegal. The research findings were later presented at the 2021 UN Economic and Social Council Forum on Financing for Development and were used to call on UN leaders to help better protect the planet and its most vulnerable people by advocating directly to UN decision makers.
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