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 Tindall Foundation LogoThe 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.

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].

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, 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.

350.org 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: http://youtu.be/SR-xBzs09D8

² Desmond Tutu, “Archbishop calls for end of fossil fuel era”, video published online 18th September 2014. Website: http://www.tutu.org.za/archbishop-tutu-calls-for-end-of-fossil-fuel-era-18-september-2014

Source for NASA photo of sea ice patterns http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/6151061573/sizes/l/in/photostream/

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

Diocesan Climate Change Action Group

DCCAGThe 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.


“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!”

fossil fuel divestment motion presented 2013In 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. [more…]

[Statement of purpose and other policy statements of the DCCAG]

The Sustainability Field Worker

In 2012 The DCCAG sought Diocesan Synod and Council for the appointment of a part-time Sustainability Field Worker, charged with implementing a sustainability programme among the churches of the Diocese.

Yvonne Thompson The Sustainability Field Worker

Yvonne Thompson is the Sustainability Field Worker for the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. Along with her faith based convictions and background in architecture, she is an accredited practitioner with the New Zealand Green Building Council.

For more details see the Contacts section of this website.

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.

History of What We Believe

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 MosStained Glass window St Andrew's Epsom To The Glory of Godt 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.

Living Within Ecological Bounds

Oxfam graphic A Safe and Just Space for Humanity“Achieving sustainable development means ensuring that all people have the resources needed – such as food, water, health care, and energy – to fulfil their human rights. And it means ensuring that humanity’s use of natural resources does not stress critical Earth-system processes – by causing climate change or biodiversity loss, for example – to the point that Earth is pushed out of the stable state, known as the Holocene, which has been so beneficial to humankind over the past 10,000 years.”

This quotation is from the Oxfam Discussion Paper (February 2012) “A Safe and Just Space for Humanity” that sets out a visual framework for sustainable development – shaped like a doughnut – by combining the concept of planetary boundaries with the complementary concept of social boundaries.

New Zealand Oxfam Climate Change page

Oxfam video about innovative solutions to climate change in Thailand.

Climate Change Effects

The United Nations “Global Climate 2001 to 2010” report released in July 2013 says the 21st century’s first decade was the hottest on record, with weather extremes claiming more than 370,000 lives.

It is recognised that the effects of climate change will be disproportionally felt by the poor and vulnerable of the world.

Interactive map showing countries and climate changeThis interactive map presents in graphical form, a world overview showing which countries are producing the carbon emissions and which are the most vulnerable to climate change.

Closer to home, the recent pledge to divest from fossil fuel investments by the Anglican province of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, “drew impassioned support from Tikanga Pasefika speakers, most notably Bishop Api Qiliho, who said, “the survival of Pacific Island people was at stake”. (Anglican Taonga).

Oceans of Justice is an Anglican Alliance campaign to petition on behalf of pacific nations already suffering the effects of climate change.

Caritas, the Catholic Bishop’s agency for Justice, Peace and Development has prepared a Pacific environment report (released 4th October 2014) sharing more voices from the Pacific.

New Technologies and the Green Economy

Leading New Zealand business jounrnalist, Rod Oram, recently stated that, “we can have a better economy and a better climate, thanks to dramatic shifts in the world economy that began some five years ago” (Sunday Star Times article, “Missing the big picture”). He was referring to a report by the Global Commission on the Economy and the Climate. The report says that conventional economic analysis fails to capture the benefits flowing from improvements in innovation, technology, energy and resource efficiency and quality of life. Rod comments that,

“it is already cheaper to build and run high quality, compact urban environments… than it is to build and run sprawling, inefficient cities dependent on fossil fuels”.

Many organisations are working to promote sustainability in New Zealand among whom are, the Sustainable Business Network and the New Zealand Green Building Council. See the SBN website resources section for more information. The Links section of this website lists more organisations involved in sustainability.

Care of Creation Bulletin photoThe Anglican Diocese of Auckland’s Rev’d Jim Hunt, supported by the Rev’d Vivienne Hill and Dr Nicola Hoggard Creegan, publishes a regular Care of Creation bulletin in which he highlights new developments occurring around the world. You can read past bulletins or go the Education section of this website for more.