Environmental Racism – When #Blacklives Don’t Matter

Eleven Archbishops and sixty bishops have signed a Statement by the Anglican Communion Environmental Network on Environmental Racism – When #Blacklives don’t matter.

Black lives are disproportionately affected by police brutality; COVID-19 sweeps through crowded vulnerable communities unable to  socially distance; toxic dump sites are placed next to poor communities of Black people; indigenous people are forced off their land.

The world is slow to respond to climate change, hanging on to an increasingly precarious and unjust economic system. It is predominantly  Black lives that are being impacted by drought, flooding, storms and sea level rise. The delayed global response to climate injustice gives the impression that #blacklivesdontmatter. Without urgent action Black lives will continue to be the most impacted, being dispossessed from their lands and becoming climate refugees.

We stand at a Kairos moment – in order to fight environmental injustice , we must also fight racial injustice.

“If you are neutral in times of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

In the words of Archbishop Tutu

The Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN)  calls attention to environmental racism. We issue this urgent statement today, June 19 2020, a day known as Juneteenth in the United States, marking and remembering the official end of slavery in that country in 1865.

We call attention in particular to the  impact of environmental racism on indigenous peoples decimated  by the effects of colonization. Tribes of people were enslaved, and annihilated by harsh conditions and by diseases for which they had no immunity in the first decades of colonization. Later indigenous groups such as the Taíno in what is now Haiti and the Dominican Republic were replaced by enslaved peoples from Africa.

From the Gwich’in in the Arctic Circle to the many tribes in the Amazon River Basin, indigenous people continue to be subjected to intense, sustained racism.

Unjust economic structures and extractive industries subject indigenous peoples and traditional Black communities to forced, violent removal from lands with which they have been integrally connected for centuries. Prominent indigneous leaders – defenders of the land – from tribes such as the Guarani in Brazil, have been murdered and  tribes terrorized .

For example in  Panama, the Guna and Embera were granted land rights under the Comarcas (Reservation). However, land grabbers – non indigenous farmers – seize this  land for their own farms,  leading  to escalating levels of violence from house burnings to murders.

ACEN also witnesses  the growing and alarming rise in the number of people becoming  refugees due to climate change. It is estimated  that there are 40 million climate refugees in the world today, and by 2050 that number could reach one billion. Communities are being forced from their traditional lands due to drought and sea level rise. Climate change can lead to increased conflict as farming communities are forced off their land into cities.

In Central America thousands of indigenous people have been made climate refugees. Upon  reaching the United States, they  are often subjected to double discrimination, firstly for being refugees and then as people whose first language is a tribal language rather than Spanish.

Pacific islanders in places such as Tonga and Fiji face the destruction of their homes and cultures due to sea level rise. 

Even in the midst of the wealthiest countries Black people bear the brunt of environmental racism. Dumpsites for toxic chemicals are situated near poorer Black communities. These communities become food deserts-  lacking both access to nutritious food and safe water.

Take action for climate justice to show #blacklivesmatter

 June 19, 2020

God of love and peace,
God of justice and fire,
when the orders are carried out with bullets and bullies,
hear those who shout, “I can’t breathe.”
When a loving embrace twists into violence of rape, hear those who cry “I can’t breathe”
In the midst of corporate control and the conspiracy of lies, we are choking in poverty and plead, I can’t breathe.”

As a virus raids a slum and insidiously tracks a migrant camp,
have mercy on those caught who cough and struggle, “I can’t breathe.”
As the cars return and the airlines receive huge government subsidies,
listen to the earth gasping, “I can’t breathe.”
The waters rise, God of sea and sky, but dominions do not rest from their wrecking power.
Heed the world as it cries, “I can’t breathe.”

When we continue to inhale and exhale
as if the suffocation did not matter,
as if our breathing were somehow separate from the struggles of others for air,
align our lives with our prayer.

Forgive us all that does not honour your love,
all that does not live gratefully from the gift of your grace,
all that restricts the communion that your Spirit extends far and wide.
Alongside all those who can’t breathe,
we seek the fresh wind over the chaos of our lives,
setting us free, setting all your people free
to breathe, through Jesus Christ. #Amen.

(Sunday Prayers Service of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Geneva (English) , Terry MacArthur and team)

As the Anglican Communion Environmental Network we commit to :

  • Listening to voices of indigenous people.
  • Recognising and challenging white privilege in society and the Church.
  • Recognising the colonial past of the Anglican Communion, its ongoing Euro-centric values and the dominance of English.
  • Identifying the need for further study and active listening around issues of racism.
  • Recognising and challenging theological ideologies and social norms that perpetuate racism
  • Acting in solidarity with vulnerable populations experiencing eco-injustice by actions such as: advocacy for policy change at national and regional levels; nonviolent protest; boycotts.
  • Acting as  a mediator between  indigenous people and farmers or  extractive industries, understanding the legal frameworks involved.


Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Archbishop Julio Murray, Primate, Anglican Church of Central America

Archbishop Mark Macdonald- National Indigenous Archbishop of Canada

Archbishop Naudal Gomes, Primate, Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil

Archbishop Don Tamihere Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia.

Archbishop Philip Richardson, Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia.

Archbishop Winston Halapua, Retired Primate of Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Bishop Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church

Archbishop Ian Ernest, Director of Anglican Centre in Rome

Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of Canada

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Primate of Anglican Church of Southern Africa

Archbishop Francisco Moreno, Primate of Mexico

Bishop Mark Strange, Primus of Scottish Episcopal Church

Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya, Diocese of Swaziland, Eswatini

Bishop Marc Andrus, Diocese of California, USA

Bishop Nick Holtam, Diocese of Salisbury, UK

Bishop Bertin Mwale Subi – Diocese of Katanga , Democratic Republic of the Congo

Bishop Chris McLeod, National Aboriginal Bishop, Australia

Bishop Isaiah Beardy of the nothern Manitoba Region of Indigenous Spirituality Ministry of Mishamikoweesh

Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Suffragan, Diocese of Canterbury, UK

Bishop Geoff Davies, Patron SAFCEI

Bishop Francisco Duque- Gomez; Bishop of Colombia

Bishop Bill Mchombo.  Diocese of East Zambia

Bishop Lloyd Allen, Diocese of Honduras

Bishop Kee Sloan, Diocese of Alabama, USA

Bishop Mike Harrison, Bishop of Dunwich

Bishop Dave Bailey, Diocese of Navajoland, USA

Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick, Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii and the Episcopal Church in Micronesia

Bishop Marinez Bassoto, Diocese of Amazon, Brazil

Bishop Philip Mounstephen, Diocese of Truro, UK

Bishop Andy Dietsche, Diocese of New York, USA

Bishop David Rice, Diocese of San Joaquin, USA

Bishop Doug Sparks, Diocese of Northern Indiana, USA

Bishop Lawrence Provenzano, Diocese of Long Island, USA

Bishop Mark D.W. Eddington, Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe

Bishop Jane Alexander, Bishop of Edmonton

Bishop Patrick Bell, Diocese of Eastern Oregon, USA

Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori,  XXVI Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church USA

Bishop Gretchen Rehberg, Diocese of Spokane

Bishop Philip Huggins President , National Council of Churches of Australia

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Diocese of Washington

Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple, Bishop Suffragan, Diocese of North Carolina

Bishop Eugene Sutton, Diocese of Maryland, USA

Bishop Karowei Dorgu, Diocese of Woolwich, UK

Bishop Steven Benford, Diocese of Dunedin, New Zealand

Bishop Karen Gorham, Diocese of Sherborne, UK

Bishop Keith Joseph, North Queensland, Australia

Bishop Geoff Quinlan, Retired Regional Bishop of Cape Town, South Africa

Bishop Oswald Swartz, Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman, South Africa (retired)

Dr Rowan Williams: Honorary Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Ely. (Former Archbishop of Canterbury) UK

Bishop Eric Pike, Retired Bishop of Port Elizabeth South Africa

Bishop Peter John Lee Retired Bishop of Christ the King Diocese , South Africa

Bishop Steven Croft, Diocese of Oxford, UK

Bishop Guli Francis-Dheqani, Diocese of Loughborough, UK

Bishop Sam Rodman, Diocese of North Carolina

Bishop Nick Drayson Diocese of North Argentina

Bishop Olivia Grahama, Diocese of Reading, UK

Bishop Richard Cheetham , Diocese of Southwark, UK

Bishop Peter Catrell, Bishop of Christchurch, NZ

Bishop David Alvarado, El Salvador

Bishop H Sharma Nithiyanandham, Vellore, India

Bishop Andrew Rumsey, Ramsbury, Salisbury, UK

Bishop S E C Devasahayam  Thoothukudi – Nazareth Diocese: South India 

Bishop Vicente Msosa, Diocese of Niassa, Mozambique

Bishop Raphael Hess, Diocese of Saldanha Bay, South Africa

Bishop Brian Marajh, Diocese of George, South Africa

Bishop Stephen Diseko, Diocese of Matlosane, South Africa

Bishop Jeremy Greaves, Bishop for the Northern Region, Anglican Church Southern Queensland, Australia

Bishop  Murray Harvey, Diocese of Grafton, Australia

Bishop  Brian N. Prior,  Diocese of Olympia , USA

Bishop Daniel Gutierrez, Diocese of Pennsylvania  USA

Bishop William Stokes, Diocese of New Jersey, USA

Bishop Prince Grenville Singh, Diocese of Rochester, USA

Bishop Dede Duncan Probe Bishop of Central New York, USA

Bishop Luke Pretorius, Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist, South Africa

Bishop David Atkinson,  Assistant Bishop Diocese of Southwark, UK

Bishop Daniel Kgomosotho, diocese of Mpumalanga, South Africa

Bishop Kevin S. Brown, The Episcopal Church in Delaware, USA

Bishop  A. Robert Hirschfeld, Diocese of New Hampshire, USA

Bishop Greg Rickel , Diocese of Olympia, USA 

Bishop Morris K Thompson, Jr, Diocese of Louisiana 

Bishop Jo Bailey Wells, Diocese of Dorking ,UK

Bishop  Andrew Watson, Diocese of Guildford, UK 

Bishop Margaret Vertue, Diocese of False Bay, South Africa 

Bishop Anne Hollinghurst, Diocese of Aston, UK

Bishop Carol Gallagher (Assisting) Diocese of Montana, USA 

Bishop Mark Lattime, Diocese of Alaska, USA 

Bishop Te Kitohi Pikaahu, Te Pihopatanga o Te Tai Tokerau, New Zealand

Bishop Shannon MacVean-Brown, Diocese of Vermont, USA 

Bishop Chris Harper, Diocese of Saskatchewan, Canada

Spanish Version


Las vidas de las/os negras/os se ven afectadas de manera desproporcionada por la brutalidad policial, COVID-19 barre comunidades vulnerables abarrotadas incapaces de distanciarse socialmente, los vertederos tóxicos se colocan junto a comunidades pobres de negras/os y las/os indígenas son expulsadas/os de sus tierras.

El mundo es lento para responder al cambio climático, aferrándose a un sistema económico cada vez más precario e injusto. Son predominantemente las vidas de la gente negra las que están siendo impactadas por la sequía, las inundaciones, tempestades y el aumento del nivel del mar. La respuesta global retardada a la justicia climática da la impresión de que #blacklivesdontmatter (#vidasnegrasnoimportan). Sin una acción urgente, las vidas de las/os negras/os seguirán siendo las más afectadas, siendo desposeídas/os de sus tierras y convirtiéndose en refugiados climáticos.

Estamos en un momento Kairos – para luchar contra la injusticia ambiental, debemos también luchar contra la injusticia racial.

En palabras del arzobispo Tutu “Si eres neutral en tiempos de injusticia has elegido el lado del opresor”.

La Red Ambiental de la Comunión Anglicana (ACEN) llama la atención sobre el racismo ambiental. Emitimos esta declaración urgente hoy, 19 de junio de 2020, día conocido como el “Juneteenth” en los Estados Unidos, que marca y recuerda el fin oficial de la esclavitud en ese país en 1865.

Llamamos la atención, en particular, sobre el impacto del racismo ambiental en los pueblos indígenas diezmados por los efectos de la colonización. Muchas tribus fueron esclavizadas y exterminadas por las duras condiciones y por enfermedades para las que no tenían inmunidad en las primeras décadas de la colonización. Más tarde grupos indígenas como los Taínos, en lo que hoy es Haití y la República Dominicana, serían reemplazados por esclavos de África.

Desde los Gwich’in del círculo polar ártico hasta las numerosas tribus de la cuenca del río Amazonas, los pueblos indígenas continúan sometidos a un racismo intenso y bien institucionalizado.

Las estructuras económicas injustas y las industrias extractivas someten a los pueblos indígenas y a las comunidades negras tradicionales a una expulsión forzosa y violenta de las tierras con las que han estado integralmente conectados durante siglos. Prominentes líderes indígenas – defensores de la tierra – de tribus como los Guaraníes en Brasil, han sido asesinados y las tribus aterrorizadas.

Por ejemplo, en Panamá, a los Guna y los Embera se les concedieron derechos sobre la tierra en el marco de las Comarcas (Reserva). Sin embargo, los acaparadores de tierras -agricultores no indígenas- se apoderan de estas tierras para sus propias granjas, lo que lleva a un aumento de los niveles de violencia, desde la quema de casas hasta los asesinatos.

ACEN también es testigo del creciente y alarmante aumento del número de personas que se convierten en refugiados debido al cambio climático. Se estima que hoy en día hay 40 millones de refugiados climáticos en el mundo, y para el 2050 esa cifra podría alcanzar los mil millones. Las comunidades se están viendo obligadas a abandonar sus tierras tradicionales debido a la sequía y a la subida del nivel del mar. Los cambios climáticos pueden llevar a un aumento de los conflictos, ya que las/os agricultores son obligadas/os a abandonar sus tierras para ir a las ciudades.

En América Central, miles de indígenas se han convertido en refugiados climáticos. Al llegar a los Estados Unidos, a menudo son objeto de una doble discriminación, primero por ser refugiados y luego por ser personas cuya primera lengua es un idioma tribal en lugar del español.

Los isleños del Pacífico en lugares como Tonga y Fiji se enfrentan a la destrucción de sus hogares y culturas debido al aumento del nivel del mar.

Incluso en los países más ricos, las/os negras/os son los más afectados por el racismo ambiental. Los vertederos de productos químicos tóxicos están situados cerca de las comunidades negras más pobres. Estas comunidades se convierten en desiertos de alimentos – donde falta de buen alimento y agua segura.

Haga algo por la justicia climática para demostrar que #blacklivesmatter #vidasnegrasimportan

19 de junio de 2020

Dios de amor y paz,

Dios de la justicia y fuego,

cuando el orden establecido perturba su gracia con balas e intimidación.,

oye a los que gritan: “No puedo respirar”.

En medio del control corporativo y la conspiración de mentiras,

gritamos, “No puedo respirar”.

En la medida que un virus incursiona en los barrios pobres y rastrea insidiosamente un campo de migrantes,

Tenga piedad de los atrapados que tosen y luchan, “No puedo respirar”.

A medida que los coches regresan y las aerolíneas reciben enormes subsidios del gobierno,

escucha a la tierra jadeando, “No puedo respirar”.

Las aguas se elevan, Dios del mar y del cielo, pero los dominios no descansan de su poder de destrucción.

Presta atención al mundo mientras grita: “No puedo respirar”.

Cuando continuamos inhalando y exhalando

como si la asfixia no importara,

como si nuestra respiración estuviera de alguna manera separada de las luchas de otros por el aire,

alinea nuestras vidas con nuestra oración.

Perdona todo lo que no honre tu amor,

todo lo que no vive agradecido del don de tu gracia,

todo lo que restringe la comunión que su Espíritu extiende a lo largo y ancho.

Junto con toda la gente que no puede respirar,

buscamos el viento fresco sobre el caos de nuestras vidas,


liberando a toda tu gente

para respirar,

por Jesucristo. Amen

(Servicio de Oraciones Dominicales de la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana de Ginebra (Inglés) , Terry MacArthur y equipo)

Como Red Ambiental de la Comunión Anglicana nos comprometemos a..:

  • Escuchar las voces de los pueblos indígenas
  • Reconocer y desafiar el privilegio de los blancos en la sociedad y la Iglesia.
  • Reconocer el pasado colonial de la Comunión Anglicana, sus valores eurocéntricos y el dominio de los Ingleses
  • Identificar la necesidad de un estudio más profundo y una escucha activa sobre cuestiones de racismo
  • Reconocer y desafiar las ideo-teologías y las normas sociales que perpetúan el racismo
  • Actuar en solidaridad con las poblaciones vulnerables que sufren de injusticia ecológica; esas medidas podrían incluir: la promoción de cambios de política a nivel nacional y regional; la protesta no violenta; los boicots
  • Actuar como mediadora entre los pueblos indígenas y los agricultores o las industrias extractivas, comprendiendo los marcos jurídicos correspondientes.


Arzobispo Julio Murray, Primado, Iglesia Anglicana de América Central

El Obispo Michael Curry, Obispo Presidente de la Iglesia Episcopal, EE.UU.

Arzobispo Mark Macdonald – Arzobispo Nacional Indígena de Canadá

Arzobispo Naudal Gomes, Primado de la Iglesia Episcopal Anglicana de Brasil

Arzobispo Don Tamihere, Iglesia Anglicana Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Arzobispo Philip Richardson Iglesia Anglicana Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Arzobispo Winston Halapua (retired)  Iglesia Anglicana Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Arzobispo Ian Ernest; Anglican Centre in Rome

El Obispo Mark Strange, Primus, Scottish Epsicopal Church, Escocia

El Obispo Marc Andrus, Diócesis de California, EE.UU.

El Obispo Nick Holtam, Diócesis de Salisbury, Reino Unido

Obispa Ellinah Wamukoya, Diócesis de Swazilandia

El obispo Geoff Davies, patrón de SAFCEI

Obispo Francisco Duque – Obispo de Colombia

Obispo Bertin Mwale Subi, Diócesis de Katanga, República Democrática del Congo

El obispo Bill Mchombo, Diócesis de Zambia Oriental

Prof. Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackadu, Hon. Director del Departamento de Asuntos Ecológicas del Sínodo de la Iglesia del Sur de India 

El Obispo Lloyd Allen, Diócesis de Honduras

El Obispo Kee Sloan: Diocesis de Alabama EE UU

El Obispo Dave Bailey, Diócesis de Navajoland, EE.UU

El Obispo Andy Dietsche, Diócesis de Nueva York, EE.UU.

El Obispo Robert Fitzpatrick, Diócesis Episcopal de Hawai y la Iglesia Episcopal de Micronesia

El Obispo David Rice, Diócesis de San Joaquín, EE.UU.

La Obispa Marinez Bassoto, Diócesis Anglicana de la Amazonia, Brasil

El Obispo Doug Sparks, Diócesis de Indiana del Norte, EE.UU.

El Obispo Lawrence Provenzano, Diócesis de Long Island, EE.UU.

El Obispo Mark D.W. Eddington, Convocatoria Episcopal de Iglesias en Europa

La Obispa Jane Alexander, Diocesis de Edmonton, canada

El Obispo Patrick Bell, Diócesis del Este de Oregón, EE.UU.

La Obispa Katherine Jefferts Schori, , XXVI Obispa Presidenta de la Iglesia Episcopal de EE.UU.

El Obispo Gretchen Rehberg, Diócesis de Spokane

El Obispo Philip Huggins Presidente del Consejo Nacional de Iglesias de Australia

La Obispa Mariann Edgar Budde, Diócesis de Washington, EE.UU.

La Obispa Anne Hodges-Copple, Obispa Sufragánea, Diócesis de Carolina del Norte. EE.UU.

El Obispo Eugene Sutton, Diócesis de Maryland, EE.UU.

El Obsipo Karowei Dorgu, Diocesis de Woolwich, Reino Unido

El Obispo Steven Benford, Diócesis de Dunedin, Nueva Zelandia

El Obispo Karen Gorham, Diócesis de Sherborne, Reino Unido

El Obispo Keith Joseph, Queensland del Norte, Australia

El obispo Geoff Quinlan, Obispo regional jubilado de Ciudad del Cabo, Sudáfrica

El Obispo Oswald Swartz, Diócesis de Kimberley y Kuruman, Sudáfrica

Dr. Rowan Williams, Obispo Asistente Honorario de la Diócesis de Ely. (Ex Arzobispo de Canterbury), Reino Unido

El Obispo Eric Pike, Obispo jubilado de Port Elizabeth, Sudáfrica.

El Obispo Peter John Lee Obispo jubilado de la Diócesis de Cristo Rey, Sudáfrica.

El Obispo Steven Croft, Diocese de Oxford Reino Unido

El Obispo Guli Francis – Dheqani, Diocese de Loughborough Reino Unido

El Obispo Sam Rodman, Diocesis de North Carolina EE UU

El Obispo Vicente Msosa, Diocese of Niassa, Mozambique

El Obispo Raphael Hess, Diocese of Saldanha Bay, South Africa

El Obispo Brian Marajh, Diocese of George, South Africa

El Obispo Stephen Diseko, Diocese of Matlosane, South Africa

El Obispo Jeremy Greaves, Bishop for the Northern Region, Anglican Church Southern Queensland, Australia

El Obispo  Murray Harvey, Diocese of Grafton, Australia

El Obispo Chris McLeod, National Aboriginal Bishop, Australia

El Obispo  Brian N. Prior,  Diocese of Olympia , USA

El Obispo Daniel Gutierrez, Diocese of Pennsylvania  USA

El Obispo William Stokes, Diocese of New Jersey, USA

El Obispo Prince Grenville Singh, Diocese of Rochester, USA

La Obispa Dede Duncan Probe Bishop of Central New York, USA 

El Obispo Luke Pretorius, Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist, South Africa 

El Obispo David Atkinson,  Assistant Bishop Diocese of Southwark, UK

El Obispo Daniel Kgomosotho, diocese of Mpumalanga, South Africa

El Obispo Kevin S. Brown, The Episcopal Church in Delaware, USA

El Obispo  A. Robert Hirschfeld, Diocese of New Hampshire, USA

El Obispo Greg Rickel , Diocese of Olympia, USA 

El Obispo Morris K Thompson, Jr, Diocese of Louisiana

La Obispa Jo Bailey Wells, Diocese of Dorking ,UK

El Obispo  Andrew Watson, Diocese of Guildford, UK 

La Obispa Margaret Vertue, Diocese of False Bay, South Africa 

La Obispa Anne Hollinghurst, Diocese of Aston, UK

La Obispa Carol Gallagher (Assisting) Diocese of Massachusetts, USA 

El Obispo Mark Lattime, Diocese of Alaska, USA 

El Obispo Te Kitohi Pikaahu, Te Pihopatanga o Te Tai Tokerau, New Zealand

La Obispa Shannon MacVean-Brown, Diocese of Vermont, USA 

El Obispo Chris Harper, Diocese of Saskatchewan, Canada



As vidas negras são desproporcionalmente afetadas pela brutalidade da polícia, a COVID-19 varre comunidades vulneráveis e lotadas, incapazes de distanciar-se socialmente, os lixões tóxicos são colocados ao lado de comunidades pobres de negras/os, os povos indígenas são forçados a sair de suas terras.

O mundo é lento para responder às mudanças climáticas, agarrando-se a um sistema econômico cada vez mais precário e injusto. São predominantemente vidas negras que estão sendo impactadas pela seca, enchentes, tempestades e elevação do nível do mar. A vagarosa e atrasada resposta global à justiça climática dá a impressão de que #blacklivesdontmatter (#vidasnegrasnaoimportam). Sem ação urgente as vidas negras continuarão a ser as mais impactadas, sendo despojadas de suas terras e tornando-se refugiadas/os climáticos.

Estamos em um momento de Kairos – para combater a injustiça ambiental, devemos também combater a injustiça racial.

Nas palavras do arcebispo Tutu “Se você é neutro em tempos de injustiça, escolheu o lado do opressor”.

A Rede Ambiental da Comunhão Anglicana (ACEN) chama a atenção para o racismo ambiental. Emitimos esta declaração urgente hoje, 19 de junho de 2020, dia conhecido como dia “Juneteenth” nos Estados Unidos, marcando e lembrando o fim oficial da escravidão naquele país em 1865.

Chamamos atenção em particular para o impacto do racismo ambiental sobre os povos indígenas dizimados pelos efeitos da colonização. Tribos inteiras foram escravizadas e exterminadas por imposição de condições severas de vida e por doenças para as quais não tinham imunidade nas primeiras décadas de colonização. Mais tarde grupos indígenas como os Taíno, no que é hoje o Haiti e a República Dominicana, eles seriam substituídos por gente vinda da África (gente que foi escravizada),

Desde os Gwich’in no Círculo Ártico até as muitas tribos da bacia do rio Amazonas, os povos indígenas continuam sendo submetidos a um racismo intenso e institucionalizado.

Estruturas econômicas injustas e indústrias extrativistas sujeitam os povos indígenas e comunidades negras tradicionais (quilombolas) à remoção forçada e violenta de terras com as quais estão integralmente ligados há séculos. Líderes indígenas proeminentes – defensores da terra – de tribos como os Guarani no Brasil, foram assassinados e tribos inteiras aterrorizadas.

Por exemplo, no Panamá, os Guna e Embera receberam o direito de terra sob as Comarcas (Reserva). No entanto, os grileiros de terra – agricultores não indígenas – confiscam essas terras para suas próprias fazendas, elevando os níveis de violência, desde queimadas de casas até assassinatos.

A ACEN também testemunha o aumento crescente e alarmante do número de pessoas que se tornam refugiadas devido às mudanças climáticas. Estima-se que existam 40 milhões de refugiados climáticos no mundo hoje, e até 2050 esse número poderá chegar a um bilhão. As comunidades estão sendo obrigadas a sair de suas terras tradicionais devido à seca e à elevação do nível do mar. As mudanças climáticas podem levar frequentemente ao aumento dos conflitos à medida que populações tradicionais e agricultoras são forçadas a sair de suas terras para as cidades.

Na América Central milhares de povos indígenas foram feitos refugiados climáticos. Ao chegar aos Estados Unidos, eles são frequentemente sujeitos a dupla discriminação, primeiro por serem refugiados e depois como pessoas cuja primeira língua é uma língua tribal, em vez do espanhol.

Os moradores das ilhas do Pacífico, em lugares como Tonga e Fiji, enfrentam a destruição de suas casas e culturas devido à elevação do nível do mar.  

Mesmo no meio dos países mais ricos, as vidas negras suportam o fardo do racismo ambiental. Os lixões para produtos químicos tóxicos estão situados perto das comunidades negras mais empobrecidas. Estas comunidades tornam-se desertos alimentares onde a falta tanto acesso a comida de qualidade como água limpa são frequentes.

Tomar atitude em favor da Justiça Climática para mostrar que #vidasnegrasimportam #blacklivesmatter

19 de junho de 2020

Deus de amor e paz,

Deus de justiça e fogo,

quando a ordem desordena sua graça com balas e valentões,

ouve aqueles que gritam: “Eu não consigo respirar”.

Em meio ao controle corporativo e à conspiração de mentiras,

nós suplicamos: “Eu não consigo respirar”.

Como esse vírus que ataca uma favela e destrói insidiosamente um acampamento de migrantes,

tenha piedade daqueles afetados e infectados que tossem e lutam: “eu não consigo respirar”.

À medida que os carros retornam e as companhias aéreas recebem enormes subsídios do governo,

Ouve o arfar da terra, “Eu não consigo respirar”.

As águas sobem, Deus do mar e do céu, mas os domínios não descansam do seu poder destruidor.

Presta atenção no mundo enquanto ele grita: “Eu não consigo respirar”.

Quando continuamos a inalar e a exalar

como se a asfixia não importasse,

como se nossa respiração estivesse de alguma forma separada das lutas dos outros por ar,

conforma nossas vidas com a nossa oração.

Perdoa-nos a todas/os que não honram o teu amor,

Todas/os que não vivem agradecidas/os pelo dom da tua graça,

Tudo e todas/os as/os que restringem a comunhão que o seu Espírito provoca

Ao lado de todas/os aquelas/es que não conseguem respirar,

buscamos o vento fresco sobre o caos de nossas vidas,

nos libertando,

libertando todo o seu povo

para respirar,

através de Jesus Cristo. Amém

( Serviço de Oração Dominical da Igreja Evangélica Luterana de Genebra (Inglês) , Terry MacArthur e equipe)

Como Rede Ambiental da Comunhão Anglicana, nós nos comprometemos a :

  • Ouvir as vozes dos povos indígenas
  • Reconhecer e desafiar o privilégio branco na sociedade e na Igreja.
  • Reconhecer o passado colonial da Comunión Anglicana, seus valores eurocêntricos contínuos e o domínio Inglês
  • Identificar a necessidade de mais estudo e escuta ativa
  • Reconhecer e desafiar ideo-teologias e normas sociais que perpetuam o racismo
  • Agir em solidariedade com as populações vulneráveis que vivem a eco-injustiça; tais ações podem incluir: defesa de mudanças políticas em nível nacional e regional; protesto não violento; boicotes
  • Atuar como mediadora entre povos indígenas e agricultores ou indústrias extrativistas, compreendendo os marcos legais envolvidos.


Arcebispo Julio Murray, Primaz, Igreja Anglicana da América Central

Bispo Michael Curry, Bispo Presidente, A Igreja Episcopal, EUA

Arcebispo Mark Macdonald- Arcebispo Nacional Indígena do Canadá

Arcebispo Naudal Gomes, Primaz da Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil

Arcebispo Don Tamihere Igreja Anglicana Aotearoa, New Zealand and polynesia

Arcebispo Phlip Richarson igreja Anglicana Aotearoa, New Zealand and polynesia

Arcebispo Winston Halapua, Primaz (retired)  Igreja Anglicana Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Arcebispo Ian Ernesto, Centro Anglicano en Roma

Bispo Mark Strange, Primus, Scottish Episcopal Church

Bispo Marc Andrus, Diocese da Califórnia, EUA

Bispo Nick Holtam, Diocese de Salisbury, Reino Unido

Bispa Ellinah Wamukoya, Diocese da Suazilândia

Bispa Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Suffragen, Diocese de Canterbury

Bispo Geoff Davies, Patrono SAFCEI

Bispo Francisco Duque – Diocese de Colombia

Bispo Bertin Mwale Subi, Diocese de Katanga , República Democrática do Congo

Bispo Bill Mchombo.  Diocese da Zâmbia Oriental

Bispo Lloyd Allen, Diocese de Honduras

Bispo Kee Sloan, Diocese de Alabama EUA

Bispo Mike harrison, Diocese de Dunwich, Reino Unido

Bispo Dave Bailey, Diocese de Navajoland, EUA

Bispo Andy Dietsche, Diocese de Nova York, EUA

Bispo Robert Fitzpatrick, Diocese Episcopal do Havaí e Igreja Episcopal da Micronésia

Bispo David Rice, Diocese de San Joaquin, EUA

Bispa Marinez Bassoto, Diocese Anglicana da Amazônia, Brasil

Bispo Doug Sparks, Diocese do Norte de Indiana, EUA

Bispo Lawrence Provenzano, Diocese de Long Island, EUA

Bispo Mark D.W. Eddington, Convocação Episcopal de Igrejas na Europa

Bispa Jane Alexander , Diocese de Edmonton, Canada

Bispo Patrick Bell, Diocese de Oregon Oriental, EU

Bispa Katherine Jefferts Schori, PhD, XXVI Bispa Presidente, A Igreja Episcopal, EUA

Bispo Gretchen Rehberg, Diocese de Spokane

Bispo Philip Huggins, Presidente do Conselho Nacional de Igrejas da Austrália

Bispa Mariann Edgar Budde, Diocese de Washington

Bispa Anne Hodges-Copple, Bispa de Sufragânia, Diocese da Carolina do Norte, EUA

Bispo Eugene Sutton, Diocese de Maryland, EUA

Bispo Steven Benford, Diocese de Dunedin, Nova Zelandia

Bispa Karen Gorham, Diocese de Sherborne, Reino Unido

Bispo Keith Joseph, North Queensland, Austrália

Bispo Geoff Quinlan, Bispo Regional Emérito da Cidade do Cabo, África do Sul

Bispo Oswald Swartz, Diocese de Kimberley e Kuruman, África do Sul

Dr. Rowan Williams, Bispo Assistente Honorário da Diocese de Ely (Ex-arcebispo de Cantuária), Reino Unido

Bispo Eric Pike, Bispo Emérito de Port Elizabeth, África do Sul

Bispo Peter John Lee, Bispo Emérito da Diocese de Cristo Rei, África do Sul

Bispo Vicente Msosa, Diocese of Niassa, Mozambique

Bispo Raphael Hess, Diocese of Saldanha Bay, South Africa

Bispo Brian Marajh, Diocese of George, South Africa

Bispo Stephen Diseko, Diocese of Matlosane, South Africa

Bispo Jeremy Greaves, Bishop for the Northern Region, Anglican Church Southern Queensland, Australia

Bispo  Murray Harvey, Diocese of Grafton, Australia

Bispo Chris McLeod, National Aboriginal Bishop, Australia

Bispo  Brian N. Prior,  Diocese of Olympia , USA

Bispo Daniel Gutierrez, Diocese of Pennsylvania  USA

Bispo William Stokes, Diocese of New Jersey, USA

Bispo Prince Grenville Singh, Diocese of Rochester, USA

Bispa Dede Duncan Probe Bishop of Central New York, USA 

Bispo Luke Pretorius, Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist, South Africa 

Bispo David Atkinson,  Assistant Bishop Diocese of Southwark, UK

Bispo Daniel Kgomosotho, diocese of Mpumalanga, South Africa

Bispo Kevin S. Brown, The Episcopal Church in Delaware, USA

Bispo  A. Robert Hirschfeld, Diocese of New Hampshire, USA

Bispo Greg Rickel , Diocese of Olympia, USA 

Bispo Morris K Thompson, Jr, Diocese of Louisiana 

Bispa Jo Bailey Wells, Diocese of Dorking ,UK

Bispo  Andrew Watson, Diocese of Guildford, UK 

Bispa Margaret Vertue, Diocese of False Bay, South Africa 

Bispa Anne Holinghurst, Diocese of Aston, UK

Bispa Carol Gallagher (Assisting) Diocese of Massachusetts, USA 

Bispo Mark Lattime, Diocese of Alaska, USA 

Bispo Te Kitohi Pikaahu, Te Pihopatanga o Te Tai Tokerau, New Zealand

Bispa Shannon MacVean-Brown, Diocese of Vermont, USA 
Bispo Chris Harper Diocese of Saskatchewan, Canada



La vie des Noirs est affectée de manière disproportionnée par les brutalités policières ; COVID-19 balaie des communautés vulnérables surpeuplées, incapables de s’éloigner socialement ; des décharges toxiques sont placées à côté de communautés pauvres de Noirs ; des autochtones sont forcés de quitter leurs territoires.

Le monde est lent à réagir au changement climatique, s’accrochant à un système économique de plus en plus précaire et injuste. Ce sont surtout les vies des Noirs qui sont touchées par la sécheresse, les inondations, les tempêtes et l’élévation du niveau de la mer. La lenteur de la réponse mondiale à l’injustice climatique donne l’impression que #blacklivesdontmatter – les vies noires n’ont pas d’importance. Sans action urgente, les vies noires continueront à être les plus touchées, étant dépossédées de leurs terres et devenant des réfugiés climatiques.

Nous sommes à un moment Kairos – afin de lutter contre l’injustice environnementale, nous devons également lutter contre l’injustice raciale.

Selon les mots de l’archevêque Tutu, “si vous êtes neutre en temps d’injustice, vous avez choisi le camp de l’oppresseur”.

Le Réseau Environnemental de la Communion Anglicane (ACEN) attire l’attention sur le racisme environnemental. Nous publions cette déclaration urgente aujourd’hui, le 19 juin 2020, jour connu sous le nom de “Juneteenth” aux États-Unis, marquant et rappelant la fin officielle de l’esclavage dans ce pays en 1865.

Nous attirons en particulier l’attention sur l’impact du racisme environnemental sur les peuples autochtones décimés par les effets de la colonisation. Des tribus ont été réduites en esclavage et anéanties par des conditions difficiles et par des maladies contre lesquelles elles n’étaient pas immunisées au cours des premières décennies de la colonisation. Plus tard, des groupes autochtones tels que les Taíno, dans ce qui est aujourd’hui Haïti et la République dominicaine, ont été remplacés par des peuples africains réduits en esclavage.

Des Gwich’in du cercle arctique aux nombreuses tribus du bassin du fleuve Amazone, les peuples indigènes continuent d’être victimes d’un racisme intense et soutenu.

Les structures économiques et les industries extractives injustes soumettent les peuples indigènes et les communautés noires traditionnelles à un déplacement forcé et violent des terres avec lesquelles ils ont été intégralement liés pendant des siècles. D’éminents chefs indigènes – défenseurs de la terre – de tribus telles que les Guarani au Brésil, ont été assassinés et des tribus terrorisées.

Au Panama, par exemple, les Guna et les Embera ont obtenu des droits fonciers dans le cadre des Comarcas (réserves). Cependant, les accapareurs de terres – des agriculteurs non indigènes – s’emparent de ces terres pour leurs propres exploitations, ce qui entraîne une escalade de la violence, allant des incendies de maisons aux meurtres.

L’ACEN est également témoin de l’augmentation croissante et alarmante du nombre de personnes devenant des réfugiés en raison du changement climatique. On estime à 40 millions le nombre de réfugiés climatiques dans le monde aujourd’hui, et d’ici 2050, ce nombre pourrait atteindre un milliard. Les communautés sont contraintes de quitter leurs terres traditionnelles en raison de la sécheresse et de l’élévation du niveau de la mer. Le changement climatique peut entraîner une augmentation des conflits, car les communautés agricoles sont contraintes de quitter leurs terres pour les villes.

En Amérique centrale, des milliers d’autochtones sont devenus des réfugiés climatiques. En arrivant aux États-Unis, ils sont souvent victimes d’une double discrimination, d’abord parce qu’ils sont réfugiés, puis parce que leur langue maternelle est une langue tribale plutôt que l’espagnol.

Les habitants des îles du Pacifique, dans des endroits tels que Tonga et Fidji, sont confrontés à la destruction de leurs foyers et de leurs cultures en raison de l’élévation du niveau de la mer.

Même au sein des pays les plus riches, les Noirs sont les plus touchés par le racisme environnemental. Les décharges de produits chimiques toxiques sont situées à proximité des communautés noires les plus pauvres. Ces communautés deviennent des déserts alimentaires, sans accès à des aliments nutritifs et à de l’eau potable.

Agissez pour la justice climatique afin de montrer #blacklivesmatter

19 juin 2020

Dieu d’amour et de paix,

Dieu de la justice et du feu,

Lorsque l’ordre mis en place trouble votre grâce par des balles et des brimades,

Entendre ceux qui crient : “Je ne peux pas respirer”.

Au milieu du contrôle des entreprises et de la conspiration des mensonges,

Nous plaidons, “Je ne peux pas respirer”.

Alors qu’un virus s’attaque à un bidonville et traque insidieusement un camp de migrants,

Ayez pitié de ceux qui sont pris en train de tousser et de se débattre, “je ne peux pas respirer”.

Au retour des voitures, les compagnies aériennes reçoivent d’énormes subventions gouvernementales,

Écouter la terre haletante, “Je ne peux pas respirer”.

Les eaux se lèvent, Dieu de la mer et du ciel, mais les dominions ne se reposent pas de leur puissance de démolition.

Écoutez le monde qui crie : “Je ne peux pas respirer.”

Quand nous continuons à inspirer et à expirer

Comme si la suffocation n’avait pas d’importance,

Comme si notre respiration était en quelque sorte séparée des luttes des autres pour l’air,

Aligner notre vie sur notre prière.

Pardonne-nous tout ce qui n’honore pas ton amour,

Tout ce qui ne vit pas avec gratitude du don de ta grâce,

Tout ce qui restreint la communion que votre Esprit étend au loin et au large.

Aux côtés de tous ceux qui ne peuvent pas respirer,

Nous cherchons le vent frais sur le chaos de nos vies,

Nous libérer,

Libérer tous vos collaborateurs

Pour respirer,

Par Jésus-Christ. Amen.

(Service de prières du dimanche de l’Église Évangélique Luthérienne de Genève (anglais), Terry MacArthur et son équipe)

En tant que réseau environnemental de la Communion anglicane, nous nous engageons à :

  • Écouter les voix des peuples indigènes.
  • Reconnaître et contester les privilèges des Blancs dans la société et l’Église.
  • Reconnaître le passé colonial de la Communion Anglicane, ses valeurs eurocentriques actuelles et la domination de l’Anglais.
  • Identifier le besoin d’une étude plus approfondie et d’une écoute active sur les questions de racisme.
  • Reconnaître et remettre en question les idéo-théologiques et les normes sociales qui perpétuent le racisme
  • Agir en solidarité avec les populations vulnérables qui subissent l’éco-injustice ; par des actions telles que : plaidoyer pour un changement de politique aux niveaux national et régional ; protestation non violente ; boycotts.
  • Agir en tant que médiateur entre les populations autochtones et les agriculteurs ou les industries extractives, en comprenant les cadres juridiques concernés.


L’Archevêque Julio Murray, Primat de l’Église Anglicane d’Amérique Centrale

L’Évêque Michael Curry, L’Évêque Président, L’Église Épiscopale, États-Unis

L’archevêque Mark Macdonald- Archevêque national indigène du Canada

L’Archevêque Naudal Gomes, Primat, Église Épiscopale Anglicane du Brésil

L’Archevêque  Don Tamihere Anglican Church of Aotearoa, new Zealand and Polynesia

L’Archevêque Philip Richardson, Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

L’Archevêque Winston Halapua (retired) Anglican Church of Aotaearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

L’Archevêque Ian Ernest, Anglican Centre in Rome

L’Eveque Mark Strange, Primus, Scottish Episcopal Church

L’Évêque Marc Andrus, Diocèse de Californie, États-Unis

L’Évêque Nick Holtam, Diocèse de Salisbury, Royaume-Uni

L’Évêque Ellinah Wamukoya, Diocèse du Swaziland

L’Évêque Rose Hudson Wilkin, Suffragen  Diocese of Canterbury , Royaume – Uni

L’Évêque Geoff Davies, parrain de la SAFCEI

L’Évêque  Francisco Duque, Diocese de Colombia

L’Évêque Bertin Mwale Subi – Diocèse de Katanga, République démocratique du Congo

L’Évêque Bill Mchombo.  Diocèse de Zambie orientale

L’Évêque Lloyd Allen, Diocèse du Honduras

L’Évêque Dave Bailey, Diocèse de Navajoland, États-Unis

L’Évêque Andy Dietsche, Diocèse de New York, États-Unis

L’Évêque Robert Fitzpatrick, Diocèse Episcopale de Hawaï et l’Église Épiscopale de Micronésie

L’Évêque David Rice, L’Évêque du Diocèse de San Joaquin, États-Unis

L’Évêque Marinez Bassoto, L’Évêque du Diocèse Anglicane d’Amazonie, Brésil

L’Évêque Doug Sparks, diocèse du nord de l’Indiana, États-Unis

L’Évêque Lawrence Provenzano, L’Évêque du Diocèse de Long Island, États-Unis

L’Évêque Mark D.W. Eddington, Convocation Épiscopale des Églises en Europe

L’Évêque Patrick Bell, Diocèse de l’Oregon Oriental, États-Unis

L’Évêque Katherine Jefferts Schori, PhD, XXVI L’Évêque Président, L’Église Épiscopale, États-Unis

L’Évêque Gretchen Rehberg, diocèse de Spokane

L’Évêque Philip Huggins, Président du Conseil National des Églises d’Australie

L’évêque Mariann Edgar Budde, Diocèse de Washington, États-Unis

L’Évêque Anne Hodges-Copple, Évêque Suffragan, Diocèse de Caroline du Nord, États-Unis

L’Évêque Eugene Sutton, Diocèse de Maryland, États-Unis

L’Évêque Steven Benford, Diocèse de Dunedin, Nouvelle Zélande

L’Évêque Karen Gorham, Diocèse de Sherborne, Royaume-Uni

L’Évêque Keith Joseph, North Queensland, Australie

L’Évêque Geoff Quinlan, Évêque régional émérite du diocèse Ville du Cap, Afrique du Sud

L’Évêque Oswald Swartz, Diocèse de Kimberley et Kuruman, Afrique du Sud

Dr. Rowan Williams, Évêque adjoint honoraire du Diocèse d’Ely (Ancien Archevêque de Canterbury), Royaume-Uni

L’Évêque Eric Pike, Évêque à la retraite de Port Elizabeth, Afrique du Sud

L’Évêque Peter John Lee, Évêque émérite du diocèse du Christ Roi, Afrique du Sud

L’Évêque  Steven Croft, Diocese de Oxford, Royaume Uni

L’Évêque Guli Francis Dheqani, Diocese de Loughborough, Royaume Uni

L’Évêque Sam Rodman, Diocese de North Carolina, Etats-Unis

L’Évêque Vicente Msosa, Diocese of Niassa, Mozambique

L’Évêque Raphael Hess, Diocese of Saldanha Bay, South Africa

L’Évêque Brian Marajh, Diocese of George, South Africa

L’Évêque Stephen Diseko, Diocese of Matlosane, South Africa

L’Évêque Jeremy Greaves, Bishop for the Northern Region, Anglican Church Southern Queensland, Australia

L’Évêque  Murray Harvey, Diocese of Grafton, Australia

L’Évêque Chris McLeod, National Aboriginal Bishop, Australia

L’Évêque  Brian N. Prior,  Diocese of Olympia , USA

L’Évêque Daniel Gutierrez, Diocese of Pennsylvania  USA

L’Évêque William Stokes, Diocese of New Jersey, USA

L’Évêque Prince Grenville Singh, Diocese of Rochester, USA

L’Évêque Dede Duncan Probe Bishop of Central New York, USA 
L’Évêque  Luke Pretorius, Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist, South Africa 

L’Évêque  David Atkinson,  Assistant Bishop Diocese of Southwark, UK

L’Évêque  Daniel Kgomosotho, diocese of Mpumalanga, South Africa

L’Évêque  Kevin S. Brown, The Episcopal Church in Delaware, USA

L’Évêque    A. Robert Hirschfeld, Diocese of New Hampshire, USA

L’Évêque   Greg Rickel , Diocese of Olympia, USA 

L’Évêque   Morris K Thompson, Jr, Diocese of Louisiana 

L’Évêque Jo Bailey Wells, Diocese of Dorking, UK

L’Évêque Andrew Watson, Diocese of Guildford, UK 

L’Évêque Anne Holinghurst, Diocese of Aston, UK

L’Évêque Carol Gallagher (Assisting) Diocese of Massachusetts, USA 

L’Évêque Margaret Vertue, Diocese of False Bay, South Africa

L’Évêque Mark Lattime, Diocese of Alaska, USA 

L’Évêque Te Kitohi Pikaahu, Te Pihopatanga o Te Tai Tokerau, New Zealand

L’Évêque Shannon MacVean-Brown, Diocese of Vermont, USA 

L’Évêque  Chris Harper, Diocese of Saskatchewan, Canada 


9 thoughts on “Environmental Racism – When #Blacklives Don’t Matter”

  1. I feel that all human life matters, there are those who are not ethnically “black” who suffer the same, we have South American Indians, Samoans and Maouries, Vietnamese and Australian Aborigines who suffer the same and worse. We have marginalised communities in Mexico, Texas and South Africa that are Caucasians who suffer the same. I feel that this issue should be extended to include all marginalised communities across the globe. Not to do so would be creating the same problem that developed as a result of Eugenics over 100 years ago. We are all a part of God’s creation and therefore we may not call anyone less or more than ourselves.

  2. I think that this is a great initiative – let’s hope that it brings some focus to the church’s message in this area and bears some fruit. I’m just slightly concerned that to have the hash-tag Black Lives Don’t Matter in the headline at the top of the article leaves things open to misinterpretation and misunderstanding by the casual, cursory viewer…. it just doesn’t feel right, somehow. All the same, well done, your graces!

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  4. Whilst always welcoming the Church taking a strong stand against racism and injustice of any sort, I find that the message in this letter points a finger of blame to only one group. In 2020 we are all responsible for the environment and for working to improve lives. As one who has been involved in a church Trust for southern Africa I know how much people want to help and do. But sadly its often the governments and elite of many countries who deprive the people of their nation. I look forward to the day when the Church really speaks against ALL injustices, whoever commits them, White, Black, Asian, Arab, Indian.

    1. While I don’t disagree with you, I think that you are up against the forces of common usage. It’s a little like saying the word “gay” should apply to all people who are happy, not specifically to homosexual men. Maybe it should, maybe it shouldn’t, but it’s too late to change that now. In the same way, the phrase “All Lives Matter” has been claimed by the white supremacists. When it is used that is where people’s minds go. You may not be using it to say that black lives don’t matter, but that is how you will be understood.

  5. It is so good to read that the Church is taking up the anti racism banner.

    I agree with a previous comment that the headline is misleading. Some people will read no further, some might even feel their racism beliefs are justified.

    It is difficult to convey the unconscious racism that black people suffer and perhaps, if I didn’t have mixed race family members I would be unconsciously racist too. My grand daughter has the most marvellous head of thick tight curls (a time-consuming challenge for her and her parents!) and from her babyhood passers by would touch her hair.

    Would they, without permissionn, touch a white child’s hair?

    So her mother taught her to say: “Yes, if I can touch yours.”

    Just one example of no harm meant, but an intrusive and perhaps unwelcome gesture.

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