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The 'Tree Bishop' of Tanzania is interviewed for PBS TV

July 17, 2012:

Children plant trees before being confirmed.

One of ARC's partners, Bishop Fredrick Shoo - dubbed Tanzania's "Tree Bishop" - has been interviewed for the American broadcaster PBS about his crusade to plant trees to save the glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro. It's a really inspiring story. Bishop Shoo, who is Assistant Bishop of the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania, is leading his 500,000-strong membership in restoring the degraded landscape of Mount Kilimanjaro region.

Mount Kilimanjaro's snow-topped peak is one of Africa's best known and most evocative images. But in the last century, 92% of the glaciers on the mountain have disappeared.

Even more alarming, some estimates predict they will all be gone by 2020, causing the rivers that millions of people - and farmers - rely on to dry up.

Already, Tanzania's farmers are suffering the problems of less rainfall, drier rivers and soil degradation, thanks partly to the diminishing glaciers and partly due to deforestation to grow crops, for timber or for charcoal.

The story on PBS.org's website
As Bishop Shoo told PBS correspondent Lucky Severson, "It does not need a PhD to see that already people are experiencing the impact of global warming. A simple farmer in the village can tell that something is very wrong with our climate."

The Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church was one of 31 faith groups to launch a Long-Term Plan to protect the Living Planet at ARC's Windsor Celebration in 2009. As part of that plan, Bishop Shoo is mobilising his community to plant millions of trees in the next few years.

He is setting up tree nurseries and mobilising parishes, women's groups and schools to plant tree. He is also instigating tree planting as a core part of key faith ceremonies such as marriages, baptisms and confirmations.

You can watch the interview - called "Kilimanjaro Trees" on the Religion & Ethics Newsweekly channel on www.pbs.org by clicking here.



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The 'Tree Bishop' of Tanzania is interviewed for PBS TV
One of ARC's partners, Bishop Fredrick Shoo - dubbed Tanzania's "Tree Bishop" - has been interviewed for the American broadcaster PBS about his crusade to plant trees to save the glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro.