Church of England
Diocese of Salisbury
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25 March 2015
Bishop of Salisbury Joins Anglican Call on “Unprecedented Climate Crisis”
The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, has welcomed a Declaration from 17 Bishops from across the 85 million member worldwide Anglican Communion calling for urgent prayer and action to tackle what they call an “unprecedented climate crisis”.
Bishop Nicholas, who was the Church of England’s representative on the group that produced the Declaration, said:
“We accept the scientific evidence that human activity is more than 95% likely to be the main cause of global warming. This century began with fourteen of the fifteen hottest years ever.
“That our Declaration is issued in Holy Week and addressed to the Church on Good Friday is a mark of the seriousness with which we view the crisis of climate change.
“Climate change is the greatest moral issue facing the world, especially considering the poor are the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change.
“Our call to action is aimed at Dioceses and Provinces across the world-wide Anglican Communion. We are also clear that delivering real change demands forming deep alliances with other churches, other faith groups, and all who care for the Earth.”
The full statement, The World Is Our Host: A Call to Urgent Action for Climate Justice with a gallery of images is available for download at the ACEN site at http://acen.anglicancommunion.org/media/148818/The-World-is-our-Host-FINAL-TEXT.pdf
For interviews or further information from the Diocese of Salisbury, contact Gerry Lynch, Director of Communications, 01722 438652, 07799 900 610, gerry [dot] lynchsalisbury [dot] anglican [dot] org
International enquiries should be directed to Canon Ken Gray grayintheforestshaw [dot] ca