The movement has three areas of focus: spirituality, local action and advocacy. In the aspect of spirituality, the Anglican Church encourages all churches to celebrate the Season of Creation in September each year as well as St. Francis Day, World Environment Day and World Water Day. For Lent, Rev. Mash’s Green Anglicans movement promotes a Carbon Fast, encouraging people to take 40 steps to minimize their carbon footprints. The Anglican Church regularly produces new books for clergy that include background information, fact sheets and study group study material to help expand the knowledge around the importance of water, land and climate change.
Local action is very close to Rev. Mash’s heart. She supports the move for local churches to go green, while rural churches are asked to adapt organic farming, tree planting, litter pick-up, recycling and water conservation. The biggest challenge has come with urban churches, which she hopes can cut back on electricity, water saving and little but positive lifestyle changes around recycling and modes of transportation.
Last but not least, the Green Anglicans movement has been actively advocating on behalf of our Earth with campaigns like One Million Climate Jobs and the one against nuclear power in South Africa. They’ve also taken a firm stand against fracking. Rev. Mash played a critical supporting role in the South African Anglican Church passing a resolution to divest from fossil fuels in 2016.
As a Climate Reality Leader trained by US Vice President Al Gore in 2014 in Johannesburg, Rev. Mash is making the Anglican Church of South Africa an example for religions across the world to follow.