Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN) Steering Committee.
Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019

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The ACEN Steering Committee was held at Anglican Communion Office at London from 29th to 31st May 2019. Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackad, Honorary Director CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns attended ACEN steering Committee. Canon John Kafwanka (Mission Director, Anglican Communion); Bishop Bertin Subi (Africa); Bishop Jason Selvaraj (Malaysia); Canon Rachel Mash (South Africa- Secretary to ACEN) and Melanie Mullen (New York) attended the three days Committee. Libby Gordon (Christian Aid); Paul Thaxter (CMS); Bishop Nicholas Holtham (Salisbury); David Shreeve (Church of England); Ruth Valerio (Tearfund); Dr. Elizabeth Perry (Anglican Alliance); Rev Dave Bookless (A Rocha); Katherine Kramer (Christian Aid); Jack Palmer-White (ACO representative in UN) and  Emma Bridger (USPG) attended the consultation on the second day.

At the Anglican consultative council in Hong Kong, the Anglican Communion recognised the Climate Emergency and called upon Anglicans all over the world to respond. The following Resolution was passed by the Anglican Communion Environmental Network:

  • Provinces were called to develop action plan and resources for sustainable living at individual, parish, diocesan and provincial level; including policies and procedures to minimise waste, increase the use of renewable energies, and incorporate creation care into liturgical practice
  • To hold strategic planning conferences on the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change, ensuring the involvement of Indigenous, youth, and women’s voices
  • To identify environmental and climate-related threats in their context
  • and to develop or adapt existing tools on disaster preparedness
  • and mitigation.

The Anglican Communion Environmental Network steering committee met in London at the Anglican Communion offices for strategic planning. During the meeting a workshop was held in the form of a Round Table discussion with Anglican Partners, to look at how to implement these resolutions.

Partners who attended were Anglican Alliance (representing Anglican Relief and Development agencies Globally), Tearfund, Christian Aid USPG, CMS, A Rocha, CofE Environmental Network, Anglican Communion office in the United Nations.

All the Agencies recognize the climate emergency and Climate Change has become a priority in their global work. The Anglican Communion is a family of churches in 165 countries.

Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackad
Hon. Director,
CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns

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