THE ANGLICAN CHURCH IN SOUTHERN AFRICA LAUNCHES A CARBON OFFSET PROGRAMME

 

 

 

As a province we recognise that a lot of our work involves travelling. Unfortunately air travel has a large impact on the environment. A two hour flight produces 320 kg of CO2. The ideal is to cut down on travel as much as possible, but we recognise that there are times when this is not possible. Travel not only has a financial cost, but an environmental one as well. Climate change is already having an impact on members of our Province and it will only get worse.

 

One of the ways to make a difference is to make carbon offsetting part of our lives. This means if you have to travel by air, to consider paying back into a project which makes an environmental difference.  This ACSA offset project will plant trees at Anglican Churches in order to soak up some of the carbon emissions, as well as providing shade and beauty in our places of worship.

 

The miracle of trees, that soak in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen reminds of the verse in Rev 22:2 ‘The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations’.

 

Recent visitors to the Diocese of Cape Town purchased trees to offset their travel. The Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order   left funds which were used for the greening of Church of the Reconciliation, Manenberg

 

 

 

A group of youth workers visiting from York Diocese enabled us to plant trees the Church of the Resurrection in Bonteheuwel

 

 

On a Provincial level the youth have already  taken up the challenge !

 

 

Provincial Youth Council executives planted two trees at the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. James in Maseru,  Lesotho on Sunday 22nd January 2012. They also  travelled to Pretoria for their half yearly Exco meeting from 10 to 12th February.  On the Sunday the Council joined the worship service at St Pauls in Saulsville in Atteridgeville in Pretoria.  After the service a few trees were planted during a tree planting ceremony which was attended by most of the congregation.  The congregation was briefed on the reasons for doing this and the youth was encouraged to both nurture these trees as well as to continue the process of planting trees on occasions when we are acutely aware of our carbon emissions and the need to give back to God’s creation in this regard.

 

 

Ms Nonhlanhla Shezi, President of PYC, and Tony Lawrence, Provincial Youth Coordinator, travelled to Maseru for meetings with the Diocesan Youth Leaders as well as the Youth Chaplain for Lesotho, Fr Oriel Peko.

 

After the morning service at the Cathedral, they proceeded to plant the trees in a short ceremony which was also attended by Bishop Adam Taaso as well as the Dean of the Cathedral and members of the congregation.

 

 

“We challenge everybody in the Province to make provision in their travels to plant at least one tree (per travelling person) to offset the carbon emissions generated as a result of travelling by plane or car either on official business or any other reason” says Nonhlanhla.

 

 

 

The website for this offset programme is

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/plant-10-000-trees-in-africa/

and donations can be made by credit card.

 

Donations can also be made to the following account:

Provincial Trusts Board

(reference Environmental funds)

Standard Bank

070562423

Branch code: 020009

 

The funds generated will be used to purchase trees to be planted at churches throughout the Province. If you are interested in your church getting involved in this greening project please contact Rev Rachel Mash on rmash@mweb.co.za