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XU to launch region-wide environmental campaign – VEST

Vest_ FinalStewardship for Mother Nature requires a multi-sectoral cooperation, thereby Xavier University frontlines an environmental movement designed to propel communities to engage in a sustainable mechanism ensuring the recuperation of our forest resources in Northern Mindanao. XU sets to launch the region-wide environmental platform dubbed as Valuing Ecosystem Services Together (VEST) on November 4-7 at the Activity Center of Centrio Mall.

Part of this green endeavor is to mainstream the principles of VEST. With this idea, the XU core team has organized a slew of activities to raise awareness and encourage Kagay-anons to participate in the fund drive to reforest Mt Kalatungan and reward the efforts of the indigenous people community as the forest managers.

Nurturing Eco-Warriors in Burundi

10708403_10152823691144351_2078034930_nThe Lycee Saint-Esprit (Holy Spirit High School) is the only Jesuit-run secondary school in Burundi. While it is not as large, in comparison to other Jesuit schools in the Great Lakes Region, it is the ‘School of Excellence’, where intelligence and passion for nature have became part of the tradition. On November 21st, 2014, the environmental club of the school hosted the CYNESA Executive Director, Mr. Allen Ottaro, and organized an interactive forum during which they shared with him their local experience, hopes and desires for a clean and healthy environment.

This environmental club is like a tree nursery. The majority of the students are in the early years of their studies. What is most impressive, is their courage, their responsibility and their sense of creativity despite their young age.

Tree Planting

Tree_Planting_coverLately our students have been concerned about their environment. Therefore they took vigorous efforts into tree planting. On International Women’s Day (2013-03-08) the girls planted over 100 seedlings. During the past holidays more trees were added. The trend is going to continue. Soon we will be able to harvest fruits from our own orchard. The tree planting efforts benefit the students’ practical agriculture skills and contribute towards the sustainable provision of food at the school.

Sustaining environmental stewardship at Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview

2014_08_31_NE_Photo2-225x300The Environment Committee of Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview in New South Wales, Australia organized a tree planting activity with a group of geography students last 10 to 11 August at the Yamagalli property in Harden that lies in the region’s southwest slopes.