IRI Colombia’s forest restoration campaign inspires faith communities to hold events for World Environment Day

From June 2-5,  several IRI Colombia local chapters carried out activities to commemorate World Environment Day and join the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Religious leaders from IRI-San José del Guaviare conducted a collective exercise of imagining what the future of the Amazon would look like, writing down their ideas on a sketch of the tree of life.  Members of IRI-Puerto Asís dedicated the day to ecological prayer and the planting of 49 different species in the El Santuario de la Vida nature reserve. A group led by Pastor Luis Abelardo Muñoz Novoa from the World Missionary Movement and member of IRI-San José del Guaviare planted abarco (also known as Colombian mahogany) and cuyubi trees in the village of Las Brisas.John Jairo Escobar, IRI-Puerto Rico coordinator and lead pastor from the Assemblies of God Church gathered a group of children and invited them to draw the Amazon Forest and how they imagined it in the future.