KITTING OUT KENYA!
Supply and demand
In the wake of World Cleanup Day 2021, I —one of the members of the Green Church Work Group— was interested in seeing how litter-picking campaigns were being conducted in countries far away from the Netherlands. After all, we are truly a global village. Curious to see how the Kenyan World Cleanup Day had gone, I contacted Kenyan environmental campaigner James Wakibia. On chatting with James, and several emails and photos down the line, some things became painfully clear to me. He told me fishing nets and other equipment are not easy to buy in Kenya. —Then we’ll help you with that— was the first thing I thought and offered.
However, shipping a box with items such as litter pickers would be expensive and time-consuming. The Work Group found another way to contribute to World Cleanup Day 2022 in Kenya: the campaign as it is now! In the best scenario, we’ll receive enough contributions to be able to ship extra litter pickers to Kenya.
Tina coordinates the cleanups in Kisumu County and James does so for Nakuru County.
We not only want to make the environment of our own green church, De Groene Kerk Nederland as green as possible, but also the environment far away from our church. The plans were not easy to carry out. We found out during preparation that shipping a wooden box with items would be complicated and expensive.
But in the process we came across Tina Wentink through another member of The Green Church Work Group. She lives in Kenya and can help buy cleaning equipment locally. That way we could buy locally. This possibility was already on the table, but now it could actually be carried out. This meant one less obstacle and a major reduction in cost.
In this way bilaterality took shape in a way other than by shipping cleaning equipment by means of a wooden box.
a church can call itself green if it wants to work actively in the fields of sustainability, social justice and greening its own community
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sailboat made of flip-flops and plastic from the environment
The Flipflopi Project
boat made of recycled Amsterdam Canal Plastic
The Plastic Whale
for financing the cleaning campaign in Kenya
The Biblical concept of stewardship inspires us to help people out with what resources we can afford. The Pope's most recent encyclical deals with all current affairs: world politics, polarisation, conspiracy theories, climate issues, and so on. But above all, the ecclesiastical letter deals with brotherhood and social friendship. Helping each other according to each other’s culture. The Vicar of Christ quotes Saint Francis of Assisi:
Of the counsels Francis offered, I would like to select the one in which he calls for a love that transcends the barriers of geography and distance, and declares blessed all those who love their brother as much when he is far away from him as when he is with him.
Let's share more on Earth and respond to this call. Sustainability, planting trees, saving water and above all the fight against plastic are essential if the Earth is to have a future. All well-informed people, believers and non-believers alike, wants to assist with these topical issues. In that global village, everyone is their brother’s keeper.