“Taking money out of the fossil fuel industry is a bold move. It sends a strong signal about the urgency of tackling climate change and about the church’s commitment to standing with the poor and vulnerable who will be hit first and hardest by climate change.” [The Rev’d Matthew Newton]
Divestment in the Auckland Diocese
The Diocesan Climate Change Action Group worked with members of St Paul’s Symonds St to compose a fossil fuel divestment motion for the 2013 Auckland Diocese Synod. The motion was moved by the Rev’d Mathew Newton of St Paul’s and seconded by Dr. Adrienne Puckey on behalf of the DCCAG. The motion was debated and passed by the Auckland Synod on 7 Sept 2013, the first Diocese in New Zealand to pass such a motion. Subsequently, four other Anglican Dioceses considered the case for divestment at their Synod meetings and all four voted likewise to divest: Waiapu, Wellington, Waikato & Taranaki, and Dunedin.
Prior to the 2013 Auckland Synod a Fossil Fuel Forum was co-hosted by the DCCAG and St Paul’s at which business journalist Rod Oram said that fossil fuel divestment was, “probably the most inspired and practical and powerful idea that anyone has yet come up with about trying to really knock back CO2 emissions.” Rod explains the rationale behind fossil fuel divestment and speaks of the need and the benefits of investing in the green economy. Three of the presentations at the forum were recorded and can be viewed at the following links.
Download Rod Oram’s presentation, “Doing right…doing well – The economic case for fossil fuel divestment”
New Zealand Anglican Fossil Fuel Divestment
The story so far.
In May 2014 the province of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia became the first province in the worldwide Anglican Communion to pledge to divest from fossil fuels. This historic vote came as a culmination of work that began as part of the global ‘Go Fossil Free’ divestment campaign launched by the leading international grassroots climate NGO, 350.org. Recognition of the power of divestment was echoed in April 2013 by Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he issued a call for churches to cut their financial ties with the fossil fuel industry, saying:
The divestment movement played a key role in helping liberate South Africa. The corporations understood the logic of money even when they weren’t swayed by the dictates of morality. Climate change is a deeply moral issue too, of course. Here in Africa we see the dreadful suffering of people from worsening drought, from rising food prices, from floods, even though they’ve done nothing to cause the situation. Once again we can join together as a world and put pressure where it counts. ¹
And in September 2014 the Archbishop called for an end of the fossil fuel era…continue reading
Further information and links
“We believe that tackling climate change isn’t just about what is wrong but also about what is right. Our vision is for an alternative future that is not dependent on fossil fuels, a future based on solutions not problems. We believe that a fossil free future is a brighter future.”
[from Operation Noah’s Bright Now Fossil Free Churches campaign website]
Go Fossil Free international website.
Greenfaith’s Divest and Reinvest resource page.
For more go to the Links sections of this website.