"At its meeting in Panama in October 1996, the Anglican Consultative Council expressed its support for a World Council of Churches (WCC) Petition on Climate Change. On Sunday 2 March , this WCC petition was handed to the President of the Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which was meeting in Bonn, Germany."
From 23 to 27 February 2015, an Anglican "eco-bishops conference" was held in Cape Town, South Africa. National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald and Bishop Jane Alexander of Edmonton, joined 15 other bishops at the conference which "was hosted by the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, which is dedicated to fighting climate change. On Good Friday, April 3 , the bishops -- representing 15 provinces of the Anglican Communion -- issued a declaration urging Anglican worldwide to recognize climate change as 'the most urgent moral issue of our day'" (p. 10). Bishop Jane Alexander "admitted to being particularly struck by the difficulties illustrated in a story told by the bishop of Fiji, Apimeleki Qiliho, whose diocese includes a number of small islands that, it is predicted, will be submerged within a generation". "But there were challenges inherent in such a diverse meeting as well. Much work still needed to be done to bring everyone onto the same page, according to Ncumisa Ukeweva Magadla, one of the conference organizers. 'I felt like they were coming from two different worlds, the Indigenous churches and the Western churches', she said. 'I really did think that some of the bishops -- especially the ones coming from the Western side -- did not understand the issues that were going on in those Indigenous countries like Fiji, like the Philippines, where they face water literally at their doorstep'" (p. 10).
"In August , 19 Muslim, Jewish and Christian students from 12 different countries were hosted by the WCC's [World Council of Churches] Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland, on an interfaith summer course on interreligious issues and climate change. The young person representing the Anglican Communion on the course was the Church of Ceylon's Mark Edwards". "Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places on earth, but it is marred by, among other things, religious violence and, increasingly, the impact of climate change. Not an uncommon story in many countries around the globe, but one that the World Council of Churches (WCC) has been trying to change -- through young people". "The fact that the faiths represented in Bossey were Abrahamic in origin gave the attendees a common base from which to discuss the protection of creation". "One main outcome of the two weeks together included a joint statement on climate change to be presented at the Interfaith Summit on Climate Change in New York in September [21-22, 2014]. Another was a commitment by the attendees to take practical action to raise awareness of the problems and solutions of climate change back home".
At head of cover title: Anglican Consultative Council X, Panama City".
"Published for the Anglican Communion by Morehouse Publishing".
"This report captures the essence of the multi-faceted, multicultural Anglican Communion through the sermons, hearings, reports, and resolutions from the 10th Meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council held in Panama City in October 1996. There the Council wrestled with the key issues that must be addressed by the Anglican Communion as it faces the challenges of mission, human sexuality, fundamentalism, Islam, crises, morality, evangelism, liturgy, ecumenical relations, and structure in the twenty-first century. Includes the complete text of 'The Virginia Report' on church structure, 'The Dublin Report' on liturgy, and an address by the Archbishop of Canterbury that discusses the possibility of an Anglican Congress in the near future and the topics set for the 1998 Lambeth Conference". -- back cover.
Contains NO index although listed in Table of Contents.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Member Churches of the Anglican Consultative Council -- Preface / Richard Harries -- Introduction / James M. Rosenthal -- Sermons and Addresses -- Sermon at the Opening Eucharist / Samir Kafity -- "Looking to the Future": Presidential Address / George Carey -- Opening Remarks / Colin Craston -- Opening Remarks / Simon Chiwanga -- Address / John L. Peterson -- Sermon at the Gimnasio Nuevo / George Carey -- Sermon at the Closing Eucharist / Colin Craston -- The Hearings -- On Plans for the Millennium in Bethlehem / John L. Peterson -- On Jerusalem / Samir Kafity -- On Human Sexuality / Richard Harries -- On Islam / Alexander Malik -- The Reports -- Address on The Virginia Report / Robin Eames -- On Mission: The First Report from Missio / Roger Chung Po Chuen -- On Mission: Report on the Mid-Point of the Decade of Evangelism / Cyril Okorocha -- On Guidelines for Membership by New Provinces / John Rees -- On Liturgy / Paul Gibson -- On Ecumenical Affairs / Donald Anderson -- On Communications / James Rosenthal -- On the United Nations / James Ottley -- On Rwanda / David Birney -- Section Reports -- Section 1: Looking to the Future in Worship -- Section 2: Looking to the Future in Ministry -- Section 3: Looking to the Future in Relating to Society -- Section 4: Looking to the Future in Communicating Our Belief in God -- The Resolutions of the Conference -- General Business -- Officers and members of the ACC Participants and Staff at ACC-10 -- Budget for the ACC -- Appendices -- The Virginia Report -- Renewing the Anglican Eucharist: The Dublin Report -- Statement of the Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem November 1994 -- The Porvoo Declaration -- WCC Petition on Climate Change -- A Final Thought / The Editors..
"Disappearing islands in the South Pacific, recent hurricanes in the Caribbean and food security in Africa were among the items discussed by Anglican church leaders, during the Primates' Meeting in Canterbury, England [2-6 October 2017]". Archbishop John Holder, primate of the West Indies, spoke about the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean. Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, primate of Southern Africa "encouraged his fellow-primates to think about 'caring for where the lambs and the vulnerable are -- that is, the environment' and to 'make the linkage between social justice and climate justice'. A number of primates spoke about climate change issues in their region, including Archbishop Albert Chama of Central Africa, who focused on food security; and Archbishop Winston Halapua, the bishop of Polynesia in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, who talked about rising sea levels".
"Anglicans from around the world have made a new commitment to fight for climate justice. The commitment was made at the conclusion of an international consultation in Fiji organised by the Anglican mission agency United Society. The society's global relations director, Rachel Parry, said 'While affirming the current direction and areas of mission with which the United Society is engaging around the world, this consultation allowed us to focus more deeply on mission priorities in the different contexts from which delegates came, and highlighted some particular areas on which we will endeavour to focus in the coming three years'." [Text of entire article.]
1. Endorse the "Call to Action in Solidarity with Those Most Affected", a statement (Appendix C) prepared by ecumenical development and relief agencies in collaboration with the World Council of Churches Climate Change Programmes.
2. Request the General Secretary to communicate with David Hallman, Climate Change Coordinator of the WCC, to have the name of the Anglican Church of Canada added to the list of supporters.
3. Request the General Secretary to send a letter to the Prime Minister in support of the ratification of Kyoto Protocols, asking that a realistic and achievable implementation strategy be put into place as soon as possible. CARRIED #32-11-02
(COGS Doc. #005-04-02-11 Appendix C)
A Call to Action in Solidarity
with Those Most Affected by Climate Change
Appeal to Governments and People
on the Occasion of the
8th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP8) to the
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
October/November 2002 New Delhi, India
Statement prepared by
Ecumenical Development and Relief Agencies in collaboration with The World Council of Churches Climate Change Programme
The overwhelming world scientific consensus is that human activities are causing observable changes to the global climate which are already having a significant environmental, social and economic impact, and are likely to have increasingly serious disruptive consequences as the century progresses.
There is growing evidence that weather extremes have become more frequent. Floods and droughts intensify. The mena global sea levels is rising. In the comming decades, according to the scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, even a medium scenario predicts that changing climate conditions may turn 150 million people into refugees. A recent study, conducted by a renowned re-insurance company, speaks of an annual damage of up to US$ 300 billion. This pattern of climate events is consistent with what scientists predict would happen as a result of human induced global warming.
For us these prospects are cause for dep concern. We represent people and churches in poor communities who will be especially hit by the adverse effects of climate change, and also concerned people and churches in materially rich countires who wish to bear witness that global actions to combat climate change are too slow. In addition we speak for the churches' international network of relief and development agencies, which has more than 50 years of experience in working in response to natural disasters and in adressing issues of poverty and injustice. We are committed both to alleviating suffering when catastrophes occur, and also to particiapating in efforts to promote economic justice. Over the years we have been engaged in numerous development projects, but now relief and development agencies are faced with a new situation. Firstly, the increasing need for emergency aid may considerably exceed the moral and economic capacities available in society to respond. Secondly, we will see increasingly situations where many years of careful and engaged development are put at risk, or even wiped out, by sudden extreme weather hazards.
The consequences of climate change further accentuate the deep injustices, which exist between industrialised, and developing countries. Developing countries, where the majority of the world's population live, are more likely to be hit by weather anomalies, and lack the means to protect themselves against the impacts brought about by climate change. At the same time, the poor in these countries make only marginal contributions to glbal greenhouse gas emissions, while rich countries continue to be the prime producers. Moreover, there is a lack of commitment by leaders in the most powerful countries to take the necessary political and financial responsibility.
The overwhelming magnitude of the task can easily lead to indiffernce or to despair. Instead, there is an urgent need for action. Every effort must be undertaken to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere.
The Kyoto Protocol is a first step in the global effort to combat climate change. The legal character and the compliance system are new elements in global institutional life. We call on all parties that have not yet ratified the Kyoto Protocol to do so, in particular the USA.
However, in the light of the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2000), we must be under no illusions. The impact of the Kyoto targets will only be very small. The Protocol needs to be followed up by much stronger efforts.
The Kyoto Protocol must be indeed ratified, but at the same we urge governments to proceed without delay with 'a new round of negotiations' whose targets must be determined in the light of the long-term perspective. Two basic requirements must be met:
1. Stabilisation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at a level in accordance with the overall objective of the Climate Change Convention.
2. A fair distribution of rights and obligations, by establishing the concept of per capita emission rights for all countiries, as proposed in the 'Contraction and Convergence' scheme.
In order to achieve these requirements, strong actions must be taken in order to make possible the necessary transformation from fossil fuel to renewable energy. Developed countries must put a high priority to setting up steering mechanisms and incentives that favour renewable energy and non-fossil fuel based transportation. In developing countires, investment and development aid need to be directed towards ways of producing and using energy and systems of transport that are environmentally and socially sustainable.
The benefits of all these efforts to reduce the causes of gobal warming will take a long time to show their effects. In the meantime the climate will continue to warm emissions are still rising and greenhouse gases have a long life. Weather anomalies are therefore projected to increase in the coming years and decades. Consequently there is an urgent need for increased mutual assistance and help. to maintain a minimum of justice in our world, a new sense of solidarity is called for.
We appeal therefore to all people not only to persevere in the struggle for a more just and peaceful world, but to contribute to this goal in new ways. Only on the basis of such a new commitment will relief and development agencies be able to carry out their task in the future.
This task requires a response from each one of us. Through our witness we can encourage governments to advance on the road towards responsible reduction targets.
The statement is supported by the following Agencies associated to the World Council of Churches:
Association of Protestant Churches and Missions (EMW); Germany
Bread for all and HEKS; Switzerland,
Christian Aid; United Kingdom,
Christian World Service; New Zealand,
Church of Sweden Aid; Sweden,
Church World Service; USA,
ELCA; United States of America
Global Ministries; The Netherlands
Justice, Global and Ecumenical Relations, United Church of Canada
National Committee of World Service and Development of The Presbyterian Church in Canada,
Norwegian Church Aid; Norway,
For more information, contact:
Dr. David G. Hallman, Climate Change Programme Coordinator, World Council of Churches
"[Prepared by] Ms. Hellen Grace Akwii-Wangusa, The Anglican Observer at the UN [and] The Rev. Canon Jeff Golliher, Ph.d, Program Associate for the Environment and Sustainable Development." -- p. 4.
"For Advocacy and Education on Climate Change". -- p. [i].
Contents: [Introduction] -- Renewable Energy and Energy Consumption -- Global Climate Change and the Millennium Development Goals -- What the Churches Can Do -- Consequences of Global Climate Change: Trends and Consequences (adapted from the 2007 report of the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change], Working Group II).
Page 4 contains only statement of responsibility and grant acknowledgement information. Page 5 is blank page headed "Notes".
OTCH Note. Date of publication supplied by Canon Jeff Golliher by email.
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