In his reflection, the ZCCB official challenges Christians in Zambia to pose, in reference to God’s creation, “Am I affecting it in a negative or a positive way? How do I take care of other living things and how do I interact with the environment? What is my role as a Christian, as a baptized person?”
“At the household level, how do we dispose of our waste? How do we make the world a better place? Even those who are doing farming, what kind of farming methods are we employing? What kind of fertilizer are we using?" the Zambian Priest further poses.
After reflecting on the impact of their actions on the environment, Fr. Chibamba says, "there is need to do something."
"We have to do something. We have to act now," the Pastoral Coordinator of ZCCB says.
Fr. Chibamba, whose reflection is in the context of the Season of Creation, an annual ecumenical celebration of prayer and action for the earth, says that the environmental degradation has reached unprecedented levels and that there is need to save the earth urgently.
“Our prayers should be accompanied by our actions," the Zambian Priest says, and adds, “Where we have reached, we are heading towards disaster. We have to do something. We have to act now.”
There is need for "concerted effort from every individual" to reclaim the environment, Fr. Chibamba says and calls upon the people of God to establish a connection with all creation.
“We are supposed to be connected to one another, not only human beings but we are supposed to create an equilibrium with all living species and inanimate objects,” the Pastoral Coordinator of ZCCB further says.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.