New Zealand Anglican Fossil Fuel Divestment

scientists uplift canister from sea ice
Credit: Flickr NASA/Kathryn Hansen

The story so far.

divestmentmotiongeneralsynodIn 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, 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. article “Five Key Factors in the Anglican Church of NZ and Polynesia’s Vote to Divest”.

Anglican Taonga news article about the General Synod pledge to divest.

Anglican News article “ANZP first Province to agree to divest from fossil fuel shares”.

Further information and links.

drawingpin2“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.”

[from Operation Noah’s Bright Now Fossil Free Churches campaign website]

Go Fossil Free international website.

Greenfaith’s Divest and Reinvest resource page.

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change website Fossil Free page.

For more go to the Media and Links sections of this website.


¹ Desmond Tutu, “Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Divestment”, video published online 26th April 2013. Website:

² Desmond Tutu, “Archbishop calls for end of fossil fuel era”, video published online 18th September 2014. Website:

Source for NASA photo of sea ice patterns

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

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