Globally, the Anglican Church has long been concerned with environmental issues. The Anglican Communion states that the fifth mark of mission is ‘to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the earth’. The ACSA environmental network aims to support churches and Dioceses to fulfil Gods call to be Earthkeepers and to care for creation.
The Environmental Network of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa was founded in 2004 with Bishop Geoff Davies as chair. Two Diocesan networks were formed JAEI (Johannesburg Anglican Environmental Initiative and the Natal Environmental Network. The Diocesan Environmental Group (DEG) was formed in Cape Town Diocese in 2011
In 2012 a Provincial Coordinator, Rev Rachel Mash was appointed and a youth Coordinator Ncumisa Magadla. The Network became a movement under the name of “Green Anglicans” and has now spread to Central Africa (Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Zimababwe), Kenya, DRC and Portugal.
“A church which is striving to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth”
The Provincial Green Anglicans team is based in Cape Town.
Each Diocese has been encouraged to select a Diocesan Coordinator and/or Chaplain. We also recognise the role of the many ‘movers and shakers’ who are making the work happen without an official role Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya is the chairperson of ACSA Environmental Network