The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has agreed to be honorary chairman and patron of the Anglican Communion's network of environment champions.
The Archbishop was invited to take up the position by the Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, who heads the network.
Archbishop Justin said: “It is a great privilege to be asked to be the honorary chair and patron of the Anglican Communion movement on the environment. Trips like this [to the ACC in Lusaka] reveal more and more clearly as one listens to those in the Communion the huge life threatening seriousness of the matters that are being faced.
“It has come upon me with fresh force during this ACC and I am very honoured to be allowed to have a role.”