Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Forum educates about climate change
Encourages teachers to raise more environmental awareness among studentsStudents learn climate change issues from exhibitors
- Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
- April 23, 2012
The three-day event, organized by the Indonesian National Council on Climate Change (DNPI) attracted thousands of people, including elementary and junior high students.
The event aimed to engage young people and professionals through interactive talk sessions, educational trips and media training, on issues such as adaptation, mitigation, climate finance and technology transfers.
Dimas Sapta Muharam, a student coordinator representing several schools in East Jakarta, said the exhibition broadened many young people‚Äôs horizons on climate and environment issues.
‚ÄúParticipants gave us practical explanations about climate change issues. So we were not there just sightseeing,‚ÄĚ Muharam said yesterday, adding that they would also share their insights with other students.
Nearly two hundred participants were at the expo, including government agencies, state own firms, NGOs, educational institutions, donors, and climate change groups.
‚ÄúOur focus was on instructing teachers who are sensitive to global and local climate issues,‚ÄĚ said Azizah Ust of Green Teachers Indonesia.
‚ÄúWe targeted teachers who can set an example among their students,‚ÄĚ she added.
The Indonesian government used the forum to raise people‚Äôs awareness about the impacts of climate change, and explore ways to combat global warming.
‚ÄúThe exhibits and forum were meant to allow for the dissemination of information relevant to climate change issues,‚ÄĚ said Rahmat Witoelar, chairman of DNPI.
Environment minister Balthasar Kambuaya said the expo also helped map out a national strategy on climate change.
‚ÄúIt is necessary to support the national target of achieving seven percent economic growth and reducing carbon emissions by 26 percent by 2020,‚ÄĚ the minister said.
Forum plots future for rainforests