“We are seeking to make our 70-year-old house a net zero energy one, that is, it generates as much energy as it uses. And we’re determined to do this in a cost effective way.
To that end we installed solar water heating in 2008, which reduced our electricity consumption by one-third. The savings paid off the investment in five years.
In 2013 we installed double-glazing, LED lighting in our main living areas, and a new roof that is thermally highly efficient. We also installed 5.5 kW of photovoltaic panels on the roof at a cost $22,000.
The PVs generated 3 MW h of electricity in their first seven months, most of which was during the winter. With summer coming up, we will generate more. So over the course of the first 12 months we think we will generate more energy than we use. Moreover we’ve switched from gas to electric heating, thereby reducing our carbon footprint further.”
You can read more about what Rod is doing to reduce his transportation carbon footprint in the Climate Change section.
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.
“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]
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. 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
Links related to the Province of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia becoming the first Province in the worldwide Anglican Communion to pledge to divest from fossil fuels.
“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.”
On July 12, 2011, crew from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy retrieved a canister dropped by parachute from a C-130, which brought supplies for some mid-mission fixes. The ICESCAPE mission, or “Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment,” is NASA’s two-year shipborne investigation to study how changing conditions in the Arctic affect the ocean’s chemistry and ecosystems. The bulk of the research took place in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in summer 2010 and 2011. Credit: NASA/Kathryn Hansen