Bishops fronting a public forum on environmental change today called on Anglicans everywhere to show moral courage in tackling its cause and impacts.
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Southern Africa, as well as Fiji’s Bishop Apimeleki Qiliho challenged listeners to consider addressing environmental damage as part of their Christian duty.
Following presentations from Bp Qiliho and Anglican Alliance director Sally Keeble on the impact of environmental change and on some church-led projects to address it, Abp Makgoba said, “This is not a social problem, it is not an economic problem, it is not an environmental problem, it is a moral problem and it needs a moral response.”
Bp Qiliho said God had given Christians a mandate to look after the earth and they needed to show moral courage by asking themselves how they and their communities could be better stewards of creation.
Speaking about the issue of stewardship and social justice, Sally Keeble told the forum that there was still massive inequity in terms of water and food consumption, and use of energy.
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