CLIMATE EMERGENCY – THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION RESPONDS
At the Anglican consultative council in Hong Kong the Anglican Communion recognised the Climate Emergency and called upon Anglicans all over the world to respond. The following Resolution was passed by the Anglican Communion Environmental Network:
- Provinces were called to develop action plan and resources for sustainable living at individual, parish, diocesan and provincial level; including policies and procedures to minimise waste, increase use of renewable energies, and incorporate creation care into liturgical practice
- To hold strategic planning conferences on the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change, ensuring the involvement of Indigenous, youth, and women’s voices
- To identify environmental and climate-related threats in their context
- and to develop or adapt existing tools on disaster preparedness
- and mitigation.
The Anglican Communion Environmental Network steering committee met in London at the Anglican Communion offices for strategic planning. During the meeting a workshop was held in the form of a round Table discussion with Anglican Partners, to look at how to implement these resolutions.
Partners who attended were: Anglican Alliance (representing Anglican Relief and Development agencies Globally), Tearfund, Christian Aid USPG, CMS, A Rocha, CofE Environmental Network, Anglican Communion office in the United Nations.
All the Agencies recognise the climate emergency and Climate Change has become a priority in their global work. The Anglican Communion is a family of churches in 165 countries. We are present in the smallest village, the largest metropole. We can bring the voices of those most impacted by climate change to politicians, business people and opinion leaders worldwide. .
The oceans are rising – but so is the Anglican Communion.