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
See “Sources” below for a link to the video of Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaking, in which he says:
We are on the cusp of a global transition to a new safe energy economy, a transition that unites people in common purpose, advances collective wellbeing and ensures the survival of our species. ²
¹ Desmond Tutu, “Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Divestment”, video published online 26th April 2013. Website: http://youtu.be/SR-xBzs09D8
² Desmond Tutu, “Archbishop calls for end of fossil fuel era”, video published online 18th September 2014. Website: http://www.tutu.org.za/archbishop-tutu-calls-for-end-of-fossil-fuel-era-18-september-2014