The Anglican map of Climate Change Impacts is designed to raise awareness about climate change impacts, as perceived by some Anglicans, and what Anglican organisations around the world are doing about climate change. All information for this map has been sourced from Anglican organisations (including Anglican Alliance) and clergy.
Anglican Alliance produces new Climate Change Resource
The Anglican Alliance has produced a 5 minute video for prayer, reflection and action on Climate Change. The video highlights both how the Anglican Communion around the world has been impacted by Climate Change, but also great examples of how churches are working with communities to adapt to and sometimes even mitigate these impacts. This is the link to the English version, but it is also in Spanish, Arabic and French.
How is ABM tackling Climate Change?
What do the following extreme weather events in 2018 all have in common: Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines, Cyclone Gita in Tonga, and floods in Kenya? What about these events in 2017: Cyclone Donna in Vanuatu, floods in Sri Lanka and drought across East Africa? What they all have in common is that they all became disasters, exacerbated (if not caused) by climate change. And the Anglican Board of Mission in Australia responded to all of them. Read more.
For ABM’s work on climate change with ACT Alliance, a worldwide coalition of 150 churches and faith-based organisations, see the article ACT Alliance Statement on Climate Change in the Pacific.
ABM Climate Change Position Statement
In 2018, climate change continued to exact a heavy toll and ABM continued to respond to climate-induced disasters in the Asia-Pacific and Africa. In December 2018, ABM formally adopted the following position statement on climate change: ABM Climate Change Position Statement
Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, and Global Climate Change
In March 2019, two major tropical cyclones hit the coast of Southern Africa, causing widespread damage across three countries – Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. More than 1.85 million people were affected, and at least 650 people were killed. A further 1,732 people were injured and over 400,000 people displaced. Incidences of malarial infection spiked, and access to health services was severely compromised for many because of the flooding.
Climate scientists see a clear link between the severity of the cyclones and global warming (see, for example, a 2017 report of the Climate Council, “Cranking up the Intensity: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events”).
Green Anglicans, the Anglican Church of Southern Africa’s Environmental Network, has produced a video in which Archbishop Thabo Makgoba shows some of the devastation, and explains the link between the disaster and climate change. You can view it below.
Rev’d Rachel Mash, Environmental Coordinator of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa says, “As a Province we want to make the significant link with Climate Change – Beira is the first major city devastated by climate change and will not be the last.”
If you wish to help the people of Mozambique, you can donate to ABM's Cyclone Idai, Southern Africa Emergency Appeal.
Walande Island and a village lost to the sea
Rt Rev William Pwaisiho takes a journey to visit the remote island of Walande in the Malaita Province of the Solomon Islands. Originally from Malaita, Rt Rev Pwaisiho has spent a number of recent years living in the Diocese of Chester in England, and so had not visited Walande Island since 2002. Read more.
ABM supports its partners in their Climate Justice Advocacy
To find out more about how ABM supports its partners to increase their skills in advocating for Climate Justice, see this article on our Kenyan partner Anglican Development Services, Eastern. Read more
Do you want to help reverse the effects of Climate Change, and stand in solidarity with these Pacific communities?