The Reverend Margaret Marquardt, chair of the Eco-Justice Unit asked that we link to and print this April 20, 2016 letter on the Anglican Church of Canada, General Synod News Site.
Dear friends in Christ:
As we observe Earth Day on April 22, we commend to you the Storforsen Appeal, the statement from the conference The Future of Life in the Arctic: The Impact of Climate Change. Indigenous and Religious Perspectives held on Sami Territory in Sweden in 2015.
The appeal calls on all of us, “to take brave action and make bold decisions on promoting climate justice.” It asks us to rededicate ourselves, “to stand in solidarity and support the peoples in the North, who are now already survivors and leaders in responding to climate change.”
We pray for the humility and discipline to use the earth’s resources wisely and responsibly; to take action with care for those who will come after us; and to continue to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Yours in Christ,
The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Primate, Anglican Church of Canada
The Rev. Susan C. Johnson National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
The Rev. Mark MacDonald National Anglican Indigenous Bishop, Anglican Church of Canada