31 Mar Bishops call Anglican communion to urgent action on climate change
Twenty Anglican bishops have just released a statement entitled ‘The World is our Host’, which calls Churches to urgent prayer and action for climate justice and “sets a new agenda on climate change for the 85 million-strong Anglican Communion.” Pray and Fast for the Climate welcomes this strong and positive statement, and particularly the encouragement that it gives Anglicans to join in prayer and fasting on the 1st of every month.
The bishops who have issued “The World Is Our Host” come from six continents, and note that each of their dioceses is affected by climate change and environmental degradation.
Their statement notes the scientific and theological imperatives for action and urges the Church to “find its collective moral voice.” Understanding the imperative for shared action, the bishops pledge to undertake some key initiatives in the months ahead “to live in the way of our Saviour, who unites all to himself.” They also “encourage 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”.
Dr Isabel Carter, who works on Pray and Fast for the Climate, said: “We welcome the encouragement of the bishops for Anglicans everywhere to join in prayer and fasting for climate justice. This year brings a pressing need for Christians to grow in awareness and focus about the issue of climate change, particularly given the crucial Paris climate talks in December. We long for these talks to result in a powerful, hope-filled agreement that will transform global power production and usage, challenge our economic structures and patterns of consumption – and succeed in limiting climate change. Prayer underpinned by fasting is important in itself, and in our prayer, we also find inspiration for action. We hope that the informed prayers of people throughout the world will result in a climate agreement in Paris that protects all our futures.”