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Caring for God's creation: health and healing for the world in which we live

Archbishop to chair Anglican Communion environment initiative

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has agreed to be honorary chairman and patron of the Anglican Communion's network of environment champions.
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The environment—and particularly the effects of climate change—featured heavily during the two-week ACC-16 meeting. Before ACC members had begun to gather in Lusaka, young Anglicans from Southern Africa and Central Africa gathered for a youth conference on the environment sponsored by the Christian development agency Tearfund. Archbishop Justin Welby attended the event to hear from the young people about their concerns for the environment and their proposals for how churches can respond. A small delegation from the youth conference attended a plenary discussion on the environment to press their concerns to ACC-16 members.


Caring for God's creation: health and healing for the world in which we live

'2015 emerged as the year in which the health of our shared environment and the impact of its state on our personal and communal wellbeing—are being more deeply appreciated. Healing and protecting the health of the world in which we live, the Earth, are becoming more widely shared concerns and commitments amongst Christians and people of other faiths.'

'Laudato Si: On care for our common home'

On 18th June 2015, Pope Francis gave us his Papal encyclical on the environment. An easily accessible site for further information and a copy of the encyclical in English is that of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

'On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si') is the appeal from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candour and humility.'

Father of all,
Creator and ruler of the universe,
You entrusted your world to us as a gift.
Help us to care for it and all people,
that we may live in right relationship—
with You,
with ourselves,
with one another,
and with creation.

Christ our Lord,
both divine and human,
You lived among us and died for our sins.
Help us to imitate your love for the human family
by recognizing that we are all connected—
to our brothers and sisters around the world,
to those in poverty impacted by environmental devastation,
and to future generations.

Holy Spirit,
giver of wisdom and love,
You breathe life in us and guide us.
Help us to live according to your vision,
stirring to action the hearts of all—
communities of faith,
and civil and political leaders.

Triune God, help us to hear the cry of those in poverty, and the cry of the earth, so that we may together care for our common home.

Amen.

This prayer from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is based on Pope Francis' Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home.

Lambeth Declaration 2015 on Climate Change

Faith leaders in Britain have pledged to fast and pray for the success of key international negotiations over climate change in a new declaration warning of the "huge challenge" facing the world over global warming. For further information, including the text of the Lambeth Declaration 2015 on Climate Change, please follow the link above.

'Representatives of the major faiths including the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said climate change has already hit the poorest of the world hardest and urgent action is needed now to protect future generations. The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, the Church of England's lead bishop on the environment, said: "The impact of climate change is something about which all people of faith are concerned. We need to work together in order to find our responses to some of the most significant moral issues facing the world.'

As leaders of the faith communities we recognise the urgent need for action on climate change. From the perspective of our different faiths we see the earth as a beautiful gift. We are all called to care for the earth and have a responsibility to live creatively and sustainably in a world of finite resources . . . We have a responsibility to act now, for ourselves, our neighbours and for future generations.

The scale of change needed to make the transition to a low carbon economy is considerable and the task urgent. We need to apply the best of our intellectual, economic and political resources. Spirituality is a powerful agent of change. Faith has a crucial role to play in resourcing both individual and collective change.

Shrinking the Footprint: the Church of England's environmental campaign

"The present challenges of environment and economy, of human development and global poverty, can only be faced with extraordinary Christ-liberated courage."

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

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