The Most Revd Thabo Makgoba, The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, announced the appointment of the Revd Canon Rachel Mash as Environmental Coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.
The Archbishop, on his webpage, expressed his hope to broaden global ties particularly thorough the Anglican Communion’s Environmental Network (ACEN):
“Rachel will serve the Anglican family across Southern Africa, coordinating our Environment Network, and enhance our ability to participate in inter-religious responses to critical questions of climate change. She will also provide me with invaluable resources in the new role I have recently taken on as Chair of ACEN.”
“Climate change is a reality and we deny it at the earth’s peril, risking the destruction of our children’s future home.”
Canon Mash, for her part, looks forward to addressing the challenges ahead:
Pointing out that “all countries are affected by environmental degradation and climate change,” she went on to say that “the most vulnerable populations will suffer the most, so it is important that as Anglicans we stand together, especially with those of all faiths, in Southern Africa and globally, in support of those most affected.” In consequence, she stressed, “this means a commitment from all of us to tread more lightly on God’s earth.”