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Batak lake cleaning

INDONESIA: Indigenous Batak Christians fight back against lake pollution

The Batak Church of Sumatra is a fascinating blend of the Batak indigenous culture with a vibrant Christianity. As such, the theology and practice of the Church is dynamically grounded in a deep respect for the natural world.

Building upon this, the Church has created a major new programme aimed at engaging Batak society in protecting the environment. The actions undertaken in this Sacred Gift range from: a campaign to tackle pollution caused by logging and factories on nearby Lake Toba; protection of their local national park; work on combating soil erosion caused by deforestation; and the creation of a new post of Environment Officer for the Church.

All these practical actions are backed by workshops, sermons, educational resources and specific Church-run projects, which build awareness of key environmental problems.

The Church’s actions are not only significant for the local area but are also a model for other Churches in Indonesia.

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Cambodian pagodas
Daoist medicines
Synagogues audit
Sikh sustainable energy
City monastery reborn
Church climate action
Power & Light ministry

Restoring the forest round Lake Toba
The indigenous Batak Church is campaigning to inspire local people to protect and restore the forests and the lake
Indonesia: Christian ecology
Indonesian Christians are re-awakening traditional values by focusing on issues like deforestation and soil erosion, and through education, prayer and the authority of the local clan leaders.