MINISTER for Environment Colonel Samuela Saumatua stressed the importance of raising awareness on environmental stewardship during the National Faith-Based Environment stewardship programme launch at Holiday Inn last Thursday.
Col. Saumatua said conceptual ideas and approaches to educate people about conservation would not only change mentality and attitudes to be an environment champion but would elevate peoples' desire to keep their faith.
"The spillover effect of this will be the holistic human development of an individual and the resultant deployment of upright and law abiding citizens," Col Saumatua said.
"The maximum beneficial returns will be to society and its norms," he said.
Col. Saumatua said the ministry, through the Department of Environment's next step to environment stewardship, would be calling for a national summit steering committee consultation meeting soon.
He said the environment stewardship program could be an ideal catalyst to bring the people of diverse socio-religious backgrounds together, to discuss issues that related to their lives.