Catholic Church in Malawi has emphasised the importance of enactment of all legislations that may support in mitigating the continued effects of climate change.
Malawi has this year experienced worst climate change effects following erratic rainfall and floods in most parts of the country.
The Bishop Chairman for the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) His Grace, Thomas Msusa has asked Malawi Government to speed up the process of enacting all policies that addresses the climate change mitigation.
Msusa was speaking at on Tuesday night in the Capital city, Lilongwe during the launch of Pope Francis Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ which calls the world to protect and preserve the environment.
“Surely in Malawi we are affected seriously about climate change.” Said Msusa Arch Bishop of Blantyre Arch Diocese then gave an example of recent adverse floods and drought which hit most parts of the country as a vivid sign that climate issues needs serious attention.
“So we would like to see government which is concerned with the welfare of poor people to speed enactment of climate policy” urged Msusa
“We are agro-based economy.” He said: “We would like to invite political leaders, government and religious leaders and everyone to have an advocacy on these policies that government should speed up enactment of Agriculture policy and Climate policy” adding that this will help people to have proper direction on taking care of environment
Responding to the call, Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Bright Msaka who was at the launch a guest of honour said Government is “making huge progress” on process of enactment of legislations that are deals with climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Msaka said; “We are leaving nothing undone to ensure that we address the effects of climate change, mitigate and adapt”
He explained “There are many pieces of legislation that are already addressing the issue of environment. We have Forest Act which is in existence and that is going to be amended shortly, we have Forest Policy that is under process now and is before cabinet and it was last week discussed by the Cabinet Committee responsible of these matters and was passed.
“Similarly the Climate Change Management Policy was discussed by the Committee of Cabinet and the Committee referred the document to Cabinet.”
He then assured “Passage of Climate Change Policy by Cabinet will be in matter of weeks when cabinet meets and discuss on it. Be assured that Climate Change Policy and Agriculture Policy are to be enacted soon and we are making huge progress on this”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :