Churches in Kerala go green

KOCHI: If churches in the state follow the example of the cathedral in Muvattupuzha, there will soon be a solar revolution in Kerala. Because, according to the environment policy of the  Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC), the coming days will see churches, church-run institutions and the faithful following a green path to save the earth.

Interestingly, for churches in the state, environment protection is the new mantra. From banning plastic cups during feasts, to using  solar energy churches are going green all the way.

Since the  Catholic Church has 373 congregations and 30 dioceses, the move will make an impact on the lives of lakhs of people across the state. “Environment protection is part of our religious beliefs and our aim now is to popularise it. In the first stage we will do the basics like distributing saplings. The second stage will be for more elaborate programmes like the use of solar power to conserve energy,” says Fr Stephen Alathara, deputy secretary-general of KCBC.

Dioceses like the Verapoly archdiocese and the Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese have already implemented their environment policies with a slew of programmes. The Catholic Church has 5,800 schools, 198 colleges, 13 engineering colleges, four medical colleges and 45 hospitals in the state, and this network will play a major role in popularising environment protection, says Fr Alathara.

The response from the government and other agencies has been very encouraging, so we are going ahead with our plans,” he says.

Courtesy to times of India.