By Philip Yatai

The Network of Civil Society in Environment (NCSC) in Kaduna State has partnered with the United Church of Christ in Nigeria (UCCN), Kaduna, on environment conservation.

The coordinator of the network, Ms Gloria Bulus, who made this known in Kaduna on Saturday, said that the move was part of a strategies to work with faith-based organisations on environmental conservation and climate change mitigation.

She explained that the NCSC was engaging stakeholders on various issues affecting the environment – climate change, climate justice, policy, governance processes, including climate sensitive budgeting.

She said that partnership with faith-based organisations was very crucial considering their level of influence on the people in communities.

According to her, religious leaders play a critical role in mobilizing residents to act on issues affecting them.

“We have a strong conviction that the clergy will play a key role in the enlightenment of the people on good practices that will conserve and sustain the environment for everyone and the next generation.

“People listen to religious leaders and so it is our belief that more people will be sensitised using the pulpit on good environmental practices that will be beneficial for all.”

“If we have our respected religious leaders among us, it will go a long way in mobilising people to take action for the good of our environment.

“We have visited the leadership of UCCN in Kaduna for partnership and the church has expressed willingness to work with us in addressing climate change and other environmental issues in Kaduna state.”

The coordinator stressed the need for all critical stakeholders to join the movement for a better and sustainable environment.