The Anglican Church in Dunedin has taken its own steps to
combat climate change, choosing not to invest any longer in
companies involved in fossil fuels.
The Dunedin Diocese joined four others from around New
Zealand in committing to divest holdings in fossil-fuel
Dunedin Anglican Diocesan manager Graeme Sykes said the
decision was made by the Dunedin Synod on Sunday.
''The feeling from the synod was it was one way we could
demonstrate that extracting more fossil fuels from the ground
was not doing anything to help in the efforts against global
warming,'' he said.
Mr Sykes said investments made up a small part of the
church's funding and he did not expect there to be much
impact from the decision.
The Church would also look at other ways to reduce its carbon
footprint, Mr Sykes said.
''We have tried to cut down on vehicle use but our diocese is
quite large, so that can can be difficult, but we are also
looking at using more digital conferencing to cut down,'' he
Each diocese could choose its own policies when it came to
issues about social justice and on this issue the church in
Dunedin decided to take a moral stand, he said.
The global fossil fuel divestment campaign was started by the
environmental group 350.org last year. 350 Aotearoa national
co-ordinator Ashlee Gross said the five Anglican diocese had
shown moral leadership with their decisions to divest.
The group was calling on other churches and organisations to
do the same, she said.