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.

“Taking drawingpin2money 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]

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 Symonds Street. View presentations from the Forum [here].

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