Monday, August 22, 2011

Anglican Action Plan to Advocate for Creation and against Climate Change

The Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN) met on Aug. 4 to 10 in Lima, Peru. Canadian participant Revd. Ken Grey noted that "ACEN representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Madagascar and Peru described how deforestation and associated environmental degradation continue at a frightening and devastating rate, often at the expense of indigenous communities who have undertaken subsistence farming for centuries". After this meeting  Revd. Gray, chair of Greening Anglican Spaces of the Anglican Church of Canada, declared that "Creation is in crisis. Anglicans must act".
Not only did participants learn of on the ground degradation of the environment in South America but saw to it that a plan be put forth to deal with it. ACEN convener Bishop George Browning of the Anglican Church of Australia heralded a call to "scrutinise and transform our own relationship with God’s creation". ACEN says that by September 2011 they will have an action plan for worldwide Anglican environmental advocacy.

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