There’s information, actions that churches can take to support the call for sustainable development, and Bible studies to use at home or in church.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), Rio +20, will be held from 13 to 22 June 2012,in the city of Rio de Janeiro. It marks the twentieth anniversary of implementation of United Nations Conference on Environment and Development and should help to define the sustainable development agenda for the coming decades.
Archbishop Mauricio Andrade of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil calls on Anglicans around the world to fulfill their mission to “take care of Creation”.
“We need to support the initiatives of organized civil society and religions and make a strong appeal to the governments to take their responsibility for the life on our planet”, he says in his official letter to the Church which is also available in Spanish and Portugese.
Parallel to the Conference civil society groups are organising a “Peoples’ Summit” to build a common voice for ethical, spiritual, social and environmental justice, and to oppose the commoditisation of religion, nature and life. This space is named Religions for Rights: An ecumenical and interreligious approach to Rio+20 and the People’s Summit.
The Anglican Family is part of the Ecumenical Coalition that is part of the coordination of this process and the Episcopal Anglican Church in Brazil is taking a lead with open arms to provide a clear strong voice for our Church. We are going to join efforts during debates, workshops, round tables and advocacy from the local communities and during the Conference itself.
For more information please check the People’s Summit website. In order to prepare and influence the Church to get more involved on June 3rd we’re going to celebrate globally the Run up Rio +20. During the People’s Summit there will be an Anglican Celebration on June 22nd (Saturday) at 5pm at the Rio’s Cathedral of the Anglican Church. Watch the Anglican Alliance website for more details.