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The Queen praises Church of England bishops for their commitment to climate change


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The Queen has sent a message as Anglican bishops from around the world are gathering in Canterbury for the Lambeth Conference.

Her Majesty sent a letter to those attending the conference, re-emphasising her faith and highlighting the work that the Anglican church has been doing around climate change. 

The Communion Forest officially launched on 4 August. Similar to The Queen’s Green Canopy, The Communion Forest calls on Anglicans across the world to plant trees and to engage in creation care and to “increase Anglican tree growing and landscape protection around the world.”

The Communion Forest website includes a list of what both Anglicans and individual churches can do to take part in and promote the project. 

The Queen’s message explained that the forest initiative is not only important to her but also to her heirs. 

We also live in a time when the effects of climate change are threatening the lives and livelihoods of many people and communities, not least the poorest and those less able to adapt and adjust. I was interested to learn that the focus of your programme at Lambeth Palace today is reflection and dialogue on the theme of the environment, a cause close to the heart of my late husband and carried on by The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Anglican Church, is leading the Lambeth Conference from 26 July to 8 August. The conference was originally meant to be held in 2020 to mark the centenary of the 1920 Lambeth Conference but was postponed due to the global health crisis. 

The Queen’s faith has been a constant throughout her 70-year reign. In the last twenty years, it has been most obvious in her broadcast Christmas messages where she explicitly acknowledges her Christian faith. 

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