Religions in Bac Kan province engage environment protection


Bac Kan province currently has three religions of Catholicism, Buddhism, Protestantism, with over 40,000 followers (accounting for 5% the province population), living in 51 communes of eight provincial districts.  

Over the past years, local religions have proactively participated in patriotic movements, environment protection and climate change adaption, contributing to socio-economic development of the locality.

In 2016, the Fatherland front committee, the department of natural resources and environment and religious organizations in Bac Kan province have signed a coordination program promoting religious engagement for environment protection for the 2016-2020 period. 

Accordingly, local authorities in collaboration with religious organizations have disseminated and enhanced awareness of environment protection amongst religious communities.

For the past five years, many religious models have been set up, including “Religious people engage in environment protection” model in Khuoi Hao village of Cao Thuong commune and Nam Dai village of Nam Mau commune in Ba Be district,  “Religious and residential communities participate in environmental protection and climate change adaption” model in Cong Tum village of Cho Moi district’s Cao Ky commune and the Mother Goddess temple in Bac Kan city, etc.

These religious models have enhanced communication work to raise awareness of local people and religious worshipping places on keeping hygiene, using fresh water, building water tanks, bathrooms, strengthening the treatment of waste and sewage, as well as established self-management groups for environment protection in residential areas.