On 13 April 2018, the Desmond Tutu Centre hosted a Religion and Ecology Seminar. It was facilitated by Rifqah Tifloen, a community activist with interests in ecofeminism. It was strategically planned for 13 April 2018 as this was the day after International Earth Day – ‘celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance. It also recognizes a collective responsibility to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity’ (https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/international-mother-earth-day-2018).
One of the outcomes of this seminar was Rifqah Tifloen joining the Centre as a Masters student working in the area of eco-feminism and religion.