A quote from Archbishop Thabo Magoba
“That there is life on this planet is a miracle in itself. It is the most serious of sins that we humans are threatening this life. For too long we have selfishly misused and abused God’s mandate to “have dominion over” creation (Genesis 1:28). Now is the time to recognize that we have a responsibility to God to care for this intricate web of life, acknowledging that “The Earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it” (Psalm 24).
The Johannesburg Anglican Eco-Spiritual Initiative is a formal body of the Diocese of Johannesburg, seeking to meet the challenges being faced by this generation with regards to the environment. We believe it is God’s will that we look after this precious planet we call home.
Guided by our Diocesan vision, we commend all parishes and Diocesan organisations to pursue responsible environmental management through:
- Embodying and proclaiming the message of God’s redemptive hope and healing for all creation
- Preaching and practising ‘Reverence for Creation’
- Integrating environmental awareness into our worship and other group activities
- Creating awareness and enhancing the environmental knowledge of our members
- Empower environmental action and responsibility by reducing the ecological footprint of the Parish or organisation
- Meeting sound environmental practices as far as possible and encouraging our members to do the same at home, in their communities and their places of work.
- Evaluating our performance regularly and improving this where possible
- Holding active membership of the Johannesburg Anglican Eco-spiritual Initiative (JAEI)
- Partnering with nearby communities to combine resources and address environmental issues
- Compliance with applicable legislation