Cherished Earth Papa-tū-ā-nuku – he taonga, he tapu is a climate justice initiative of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. It is the practical outworking of a commitment by the Anglican Bishops of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia in 2006 when they recognised that global climate change was, “a real and present danger to the future of this planet and the survival of the species“. They affirmed the church’s support for policy measures to address, contain and limit the extent and impact of climate change. Shortly afterwards, in 2007, a group of lay Anglican members formed the Diocesan Climate Change Action Group (DCCAG) to help the diocese’s churches and members move towards carbon neutrality by living more sustainably. Photo Credit: Marsden Cross Memorial Reserve by Nick Thompson, Flickr CC
Diocesan Climate Change Action Group
The DCCAG have met regularly since 2007 to promote climate justice. Over that time they have conducted many workshops within the Diocese inspiring others to connect their faith with caring for creation and taking action on climate change. You can read and download past presentations by going to the Education section. Members of the DCCAG share some practical actions they have taken in their own lives…continue reading
“Thankyou to all our supporters – if you have attended a workshop, invited us to your church, sent us information, taken action on things we have shared, voted in favour of divesting, communicated your thanks or are on our email list then you are part of our team!”
In 2013 the DCCAG, along with clergy and other members of the Diocese successfully campaigned for the Anglican province of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia to divest from fossil fuels making them the first province in the Anglican Communion to vote to divest. The launching of the Cherished Earth website in 2014 is the latest development in this on-going mission which has at its heart the Anglican Communion marks of mission to, “strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth, to respond to human need by loving service and to work to transform unjust structures of society”.
The Sustainability Field Worker
He has a keen interest in sustainable agriculture and climate action, and is very pleased to bring his skills to this role for the Anglican Church. Those skills include familiarity around modern technologies, problem solving, and a natural curiosity around why and how things work.
John lives on a 9 Ha lifestyle block south of Pukekohe and is developing a small business focused on small scale and natural farming methods.
He writes a weekly column on rural issues for the local community newspaper and is active with a number of community organisations. These include bee keeping, tree cropping and project managing the Franklin Food Forest. Curling is his sport and as a foundation member of the Auckland Curling Club, is this year celebrating his 21st season of play in Auckland.
For the future, John believes that our society will proffer a more faith-centred and nature-based lifestyle that is less dependent on computers and those technologies that diminish our humanness.
You can find stories from parishes and ministry units in which the Sustainability Field Worker has worked by going to the Sustainability Newsbites section of the website.
About the Cherished Earth logo
Our beautiful logo was designed by Sarah Newton and, along with the Cherished Earth title, is based on the idea that the earth is the Lord’s and that we are to care for it. Each element has relevance to the ideas of cherishing the earth and climate change, arranged around the concepts of balance and change…continue reading about the logo design.
Our Funding Partners
The Cherished Earth Papa-tū-ā-nuku – he taonga, he tapu climate justice initiative is funded by the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. This work began under the sustainability initiative of the Diocese in 2012.
The Diocese of Auckland gratefully acknowledges the support and grant from The Tindall Foundation towards the sustainability initiative from 2013 through to 2015. Find out more about the environmental work supported by The Tindall Foundation on their website.
The Diocese works in collaboration with The Auckland Council Eco Design Advisor service on the sustainability assessment of clergy homes. The New Zealand Green Building Council Homestar online assessment tool is being used by the Sustainability Field Worker to measure each home’s performance against recognised sustainability standards.