Together for the survival of our planet: our contribution to mitigate global warming and climate change

Is our planet under serious menace? If yes, to what extend? Whose responsibility is it? And what to do? Are developing countries in general and high learning institutions, churches and civil society organizations concerned by climate change and global warming?  This was the issues under investigation by the 7th PIASS Scientific Week which came to close on Sunday 22 July 2018 by 12.30. The three day conference concluded one year long research that focused on the theme: “Together for the survival of our planet: our contribution to mitigate global warming and climate change”. The question under investigation is a global concern; about the survival of our planet given continuous greenhouse gas emission that trigger rapid warming of our planet cause to  many catastrophes and disasters with millions of human loses.

Closing the event, the Vice chancellor of PIASS, Rev Prof Elisée Musemakweli, told his happiness to the audience for a successful organization, a better attendance and hugely relevant presentations and discussions of the major topic and subtopics. Global warming and climate change, he said, “is not only academic or professional but practical and concerning our existence”. During the three day conference 12 papers were presented by PIASS academic staff and external scholars. Four scholars gave critical academic discussion to all papers presented.
The papers include:

A. Bible: the rest of land and environment by Rev Prof Viateur Ndikumana discussed by Rev Dr Viateur Habarurema [see link]

The rest of land and environment

B. Community Resilience to climate change by Dr Claudette Uwimana discussed by Dr Elysee Ntiranyibagira [see link]

Building community resilience to climate change effects

c. Nyungwe National Park community participation in management, by Prof Tharcisse Gatwa and Gloriose Umuziranenge – discussed by Mr. Marshall Banamwana [see link]
Community Participation in the Nyungwe National Park Management

D. Gender Justice in community Management of Nyungwe National Park by Gloriose Umuziranenge and Jacqueline Muhawenayo discussed by Mrs. Fortunee Bayisenge [see Link]
Gender Justice in community Management of Nyungwe National Park

E. Threatened habitat: Nyungwe and Mukura National Parks by Gloriose Umuziranenge, Methode Majyambere and Fabien Muhirwa  discussed by  Dr Elysee Ntiranyibagira

Threatened habitats and the conservation challenges

F. Landscape in the Rusizi National Park [Burundi] from 1980 to 2015: a model for monitoring the environment degradation of protected areas by Dr Elysee Ntiranyibagira [see link].

Landscape in the Rusizi National Park

G. Global Warming and climate change: a Global Challenge. By Prof Tharcisse Gatwa and Prof Viateur Ndikumana- discussed by Dr Elysee Ntiranyibagira .

H. A dichotomy amended by nature: flowers of Reconciliation from Umucyo Nyanza by Prof Penine Uwimbabazi and Murekatete Shukulu [see link].

A Dichotomy Amended by Nature

I. Bioethanol production from agro wastes by Dr Isaie Mushimiyimana & Mr Leonidas Manariho, paper discussed by Dr Elysee Ntiranyibagira.

J. Analysis of environmental education in Rwanda basic education. Suggestions by Abel Dufitumukiza; Jacqueline Mukanziza and JB Ndikubwimana, discussed by Marshall Banamwana [see link].

Analysis of Environmental Education Curriculum its Delivery in Rwanda

All three accompanying devotions resourced in the Bible teachings that established the human being mandate to care for the environment. Experts on environment and climate have persistently voiced about the menaces global warming constitutes to our planet; the guild-up of greenhouse gases risk to reach an irreversible state. Drought conditions jeopardizing access to clean drinking water, fuel out-of-control wildfires, resulting in dust storms, extreme heat events flash flooding; heavier acid rains cause of destructive streams, rivers, and lakes to overflow which damage life and property, contaminates drinking water, creates hazardous material spills, promote mold infestation and unhealthy air whilst lack of water is a leading cause of death and serious disease.

PIASS Scientific Week
The Protestant University of Rwanda annual Scientific Week is an annual research event gathering to discuss findings from a topic adopted by the university academic Senate. The activity is conducted during the academic year under the supervision of the directorate of research culminating in a three days conference. The research of the Scientific Week is mandatory to all university faculties; and attracts external scholars both to present papers and to be critical academic discussants. All the papers presented at the Scientific Week are edited and published in a now peer reviewed Protestant University of Rwanda Publications Series, today at its 12th Issue.


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