The Anglican Communion occupies a unique position globally in terms of affecting and suffering from climate change:Looks like it's time for this:
From all points of the globe we point to the reality of climate change and to the very serious effect it is already having upon our people; from severe weather events, to prolonged droughts, major floods, loss of habitat and changing seasons.
Our position is faith-based:Our faith and our ancestors have always taught us that the earth is our mother and deserves respect; we know that this respect has not been given. We know that like a mother the earth will continue to give its all to us. However, we also know that we are now demanding more than it is able to provide. Science confirms what we already know, our human footprint is changing the face of the earth and because we come from the earth, it is changing us too.
Our statement is framed in the context of hope channeled through a positive vision.We have always known that “without a vision, the people perish”. The Copenhagen Conference can either produce a bland, minimalist set of non enforceable targets or it can sketch a vision to inspire the world and its peoples. Leaders lead, please . . . do not let us down.
A PDF of the Statement is available here.
LATER: "Our ancestors always taught us ..." I've been thinking about that phrase today. "Our ancestors always taught us ..." and I got to thinking about what my "ancestors always taught us," and it's not very pretty.