In February, Bishop Jane met with 16 bishops from all six continents in Cape Town, South Africa, to consider how to live out with urgency and in hope, the Fifth Mark of Mission of the Anglican Communion: “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”
As we approach Good Friday, the Anglican Eco Bishops have released a joint statement calling for prayer and action to address the “climate change crisis.”
The declaration calls for Anglicans everywhere to:
- Join in prayer and fasting for climate justice on the first day of each month as an integral part of life and worship.
- Implement energy conservation measures in church buildings and move to renewable energy sources as quickly as possible.
- Take measures to conserve, recycle and collect water around church buildings and properties.
- Nurture biodiversity on church land by creating safe habitat for indigenous species.
- Support local communities by sharing water, energy and arable land resources for local food production.
- Advocate for sustainable water, food, and agricultural practices in our communities. It is imperative to take into account the interwoven relationship of food, water and energy systems.
- Call upon political, economic, social and religious leaders in our various constituencies to address the climate change crisis.