Anglicans have long been concerned with environmental issues. ACC-6
stated that the fifth mark of mission was,
To strive to safeguard
the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the earth.
In many parts
of the world local Anglican Churches have given leadership:
- by being advocates for responsible environmental stewardship
- by providing support and leadership to local initiatives to protect
- by seeking to educate Anglicans as individuals and as communities to
become better stewards of creation.
In 1998 the bishops gathered at Lambeth expressed their concern that
efforts to address such issues be given greater visibility and be better
coordinated across the Anglican Communion. The Network is an attempt to
do just that. After some initial work following ACC-11 in Dundee (1999),
the Network received recognition as an official network of the Anglican
Communion at ACC-12 in Hong Kong (2002).
Anglican Communion Environmental Network - Mission Statement
- To encourage Anglicans to support sustainable environmental practices
as individuals and in the life of their communities.
- To provide information about policies embraced by synods, councils
and commissions, and especially by the instruments of Unity (Statements
by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Resolutions and Reports of the Lambeth
Conference and the Anglican Consultative Council)
- To support local initiatives by providing information about ideas and
best practices developed around the communion.
- To share information about resources and initiatives that may be of
value to Anglicans everywhere.
- To provide an opportunity for interested Anglicans to meet both as
a formal network, and informally via electronic media.