Steward of God's Creation Award

The Steward of God?s Creation award is bestowed to those individuals who exhibit courage and commitment in the caring and keeping of the earth in a heroic, distinguished and effective manner. Awardees are determined by a vote of religious leaders and bestowed at a public event, normally the National Prayer Breakfast for Creation Care, which is sponsored annually by a coalition of religious organizations and affiliates.


Carlos Agnesi2008

Carlos Agnesi
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

By day Carlos Agnesi was a businessman, running Lloyd’s of Mexico, his country’s largest commercial insurance company. By night and on weekends he promoted the care and protection of Mexico’s forests. As the national chairman of the environmental affairs committee of the Interreligious Council of Mexico (Consejo Intereligioso de Mexico), he began to provide for the ecological training of Mexico’s clergy in 1998 by raising the funds to transport key leaders to the Au Sable Institute in Michigan. Carlos subsequently convened Mexico’s first national religious festival for protection of the environment which he held with leaders of the Catholic Church outside of Mexico City on the Feast of Saint Francis.  He subsequently organized ecological training for the Catholic bishops of Mexico and as an unexpected consequence this resulted in their promulgation of a pastoral letter on the seriousness of forest conservation. The bishops declared that saving Mexico’s forests was “a life and death issue” for the campesinos of central Mexico. Carlos also helped to spearhead RCFC’s dialogues with The World Bank in Washington DC that resulted in grants and non-repayable loans for the restoration of Mexico’s forests in the states of Michoacan and Oaxaca (totalling US $91 million). Additionally Carlos serves as an environmental consultant for Mexican President Felipe Calderon and pushed the Pro-arbol reforestation program that planted over 250 million trees in 2007 and that will plant another 280 million trees in 2008, giving reforestation jobs to over seven million people in poor rural communities. For his long service in the care and keeping of the Lord’s good forests, Carlos Agnesi received a Steward of the Forest award at the RCFC’s 2008 National Prayer Breakfast.



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