In April 2006, the Anglican Bishops of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia issued a joint statement acknowledging global climate change as “a real and present danger to the future of this planet and the survival of the species;” affirming the church’s support for exploration and cross party development of policy measures to address, contain and limit the extent and impact of climate change; committing to commending a policy of carbon neutrality; and calling on central and local governments, businesses and faith communities to work together in this important area.
In March 2009, The Most Reverend David Moxon, then Archbishop of Aotearoa, gave an address on the science and theology of global climate change to Anglican Primates in Alexandria. He urged ‘moral leadership’ by the Church in view of our commitment to social justice and to the Creation, of which we are a part. In his address he said that this was a biblical imperative.
“Climate change reflects the denial of social justice. Climate change is occurring because people in rich countries are consuming resources and generating waste (particularly CO2) at a rate that is overwhelming the processes that sustain the biosphere. We consume resources at a rate that would require 3-4 earths if everyone on earth consumed at the same rate. Jeremiah connected ecological collapse, injustice and neglect of the moral order, with neglect of the true worship (Jer 5:22-28). Unrestrained consumption is inherently unjust and is not an option for disciples of Christ.”
The Most Reverend David Moxon is currently the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. In this 2013 video interview he reiterates the link between the environment and issues of global poverty and hunger.