A group of Anglican bishops has called for urgent prayer and action on the ‘unprecedented climate crisis’ and published a ‘declaration’, The World Is Our Host: A Call to Urgent Action for Climate Justice. It can be downloaded from the Anglican Communion website.
The Archbishop of Cape Town and Primate of Southern Africa, the Most Revd Dr Thabo Makgoba, who brought the group together, said:
‘We accept the evidence of science: Human activity, especially in fossil-fuel based economies, is the main cause of the climate crisis. We heard of extreme weather and changes to seasons; rising sea levels; acidification of seawater; depleted fishing grounds; and displaced people who are climate refugees.
‘The problem is spiritual as well as economic, scientific and political. We have been complicit in a theology of domination. While God committed the care of creation to us, we have been care-less – but not hopeless.’
The declaration has been welcomed by the Christian environmental group Operation Noah. Revd Chris Halliwell, co vice-chair of Operation Noah, says ‘The release of this statement on Good Friday 2015 reinforces an earlier call to Christians issued by Operation Noah in 2012 under the title Climate change and the purposes of God: a call to the Church, also known as the Ash Wednesday Declaration.