Climate change is not just an environmental problem. It is a humanitarian and development emergency, and it is already affecting vulnerable communities worldwide.
And unfortunately it’s going to get unimaginably worse. It’s a hard fact to face but our planet is on course for devastating climate change. Scientists warn that the steps governments are taking at the moment are not bold enough to change the future.
But there is hope – if we act now. As people of faith, we believe that climate change is a moral issue. People like us who follow Christ can play an important part in calling world leaders to decisive action.
Together with other people of faith, we have been speaking up at the UN climate negotiations to put the moral case for climate justice at the heart of things. We have been bringing the voices of vulnerable coastal communities to the table.
We are working together with the Anglican Communion Environmental Network to build on the momentum of the UN climate talks with coordinated action in all parts of the Communion.
Fast for the Climate
And we’re encouraging Anglicans and Episcopalians throughout the world to join the Fast for the Climate initiative. This campaign unites people of faith globally on the first day of every month to pray and fast for meaningful action on climate change. It was started by Yeb Saño, the Philippine’s lead negotiator at the 2013 UN climate talks.
Many Anglican Communion churches are already involved in the movement. Leaders such as the Most Revd Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town, are ‘Fast for the Climate’ ambassadors.
Our desire is for God’s Kingdom to be raised up in our world. We want our prayers to help build a platform for just decisions by politicians, leaders and negotiators. Let’s shape a greener, sustainable world together!