Bishops around the world should plant a tree every time they do a confirmation or baptism; this was one of the recommendations put to the archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby by a group of young Anglicans in central and southern Africa.
Gathered at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka from April 4 to 8, the Anglican Church youths realised that climate change affects all people, including churches, and as young people, their contribution to the fight against climate change is vital.
Climate change is the consequence of unchecked pollution.
When carbon emissions caused by human activity enter the air, they have dangerous effects on the environment, the economy, and people’s well-being.
But just as human activities are responsible for climate change, people can halt its progress.
The young Anglicans who had gathered ahead of the 16th Anglican Consultative Council (ACC16) in Lusaka, discussed discipleship and environmental matters.
They also pledged to dedicate a 100-day campaign to raise awareness on climate change through what they dubbed “New Green Growth” upon returning to their respective dioceses.