Interreligious group embraces environmental advocacy

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 5, 2013—Aside from promoting respect of religious diversity, the Silsilah Dialogue Movement (SDM) is also advocating for the protection and preservation of watersheds in this city.

As part of SDM’s the Dialogue with Creation (DWC) program, it has launched a group called “Friends of Zamboanga Watersheds” last May 26 to proactively protect the Zamboanga City watershed and six other watersheds in Mindanao.

According to SDM, the “Friends of Zamboanga Watersheds” has pledged to offer their skills and services to “educate our people on the importance of water, asking their collaboration to be vigilant and oppose any move that may destroy our watersheds and environment.”

The environmental protection advocates likewise said they will “encourage our people to appreciate their work as stewards of God’s Creation helping them to protect the watersheds of Zamboanga for the good of all.”

Furthermore, the “Friends of Zamboanga Watersheds” has committed to foster their newfound friendship and mission in the local, national and international level by “engaging government leaders and people of all cultures and religions to dream and act together with our youth in building an eco-harmonious society with clean water for all.”

The SDM was founded in 1984 and launched efforts to advocate for environmental concerns since 2008. It has even organized a march to raise awareness about the mining at the Ayala Watershed in 2010 where thousands of people participated. (KB/CBCPNews)

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