Empowering Christians to pursue Sustainable Farming for Eco-Justice
How It All Started…
On September 2013, I became a lucky recepient of a surprise gift from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Youth Desk as being the 2500th person to LIKE its LWF Youth page on Facebook. The package contained a set of resource materials to be used as a Youth Training Tool Kit in promoting Eco-Justice.
This happened to be a great coincidence because a couple of months earlier, I was appointed by my employer to carry out farmer trainings on “Financial Literacy” and “Environmental Safegaurds” as an awareness campaign to oil palm smallholders so that they comply to sustainable standard oil palm practices. Papua New Guinea, especially West New Britain, hosts New Britain Palm Oil Limited’s (NBPOL) major operations. NBPOLis the world’s pioneer palm oil producer under RSPO’s certified sustainable scheme. Therefore, agricultural extension officers like me are to make sure RSPO’s Principles and Criteria are properly adopted and maintained by farmers.
Being a Lutheran myself, living and working in the Pacific’s largest smallholder projects consisting of thousands of Christians, I see that what I do draws similarities to the Church’s global quest for caring for God’s creations and can be integrated with respect to all three pillars of sustainability – society (People), environment (Planet) and economy (Prosperity). I believe that participation in strengthening these pillars in my little corner of the world would definately contribute in a big way in advocating Eco-Justice in the area of sustainable farming. Most importantly, I look forward to empower others to actively participate in God’s mission and to witness the love of Christ in a suffering World.This blog tells the story; the progress, learning experiences and opportunities in personally taking this challenge in making the World a better place.
PNG palm oil is RSPOcertified sustainable!:)
Yours in Eco-Justice.
Carlos C. Hidalgo, Extension Officer with the PNG Oil Palm Industry Corporation (OPIC), West New Britain