Diocese makes solid progress against climate change

Diocese makes solid progress against climate change

As a family, we can be proud of the progress we are making to alleviate and reduce our impact on carbon emissions, and therefore on climate change.  The Diocesan Advocacy Enabler shared a short summary of climate change actions taken in the last year, and other environmentally-focussed actions:

  • 32 climate catalysts came forward to promote environmental actions in their mission units.
  • The Anglican Centre installed an electric vehicle charger.
  • The Anglican Centre kept off-setting flights and using an electric bike for cross-town meetings.
  • Teleconferencing was used to reduce mileage.
  • The Parish of Pahiatua encouraged car-pooling, and ran a sermon series on environmental issues.
  • The Parish of Miramar-Seatoun-Strathmore also ran an environmentally-themed sermon series, put tips for reducing carbon emissions in their parish newsletter, and installed bike racks to make it easier for people who chose to leave their cars at home.
  • All Saints’ Palmerston North planted enough trees to offset their flights to Europe for a parish pilgrimage.
  • The Parish of St Matthew’s in Palmerston North used their noticeboard to share tips on reducing carbon emissions.
  • The Parish of Pauatahanui formed a “God’s Earth: Our Home” group to hold monthly meetings on environmental topics, and are using cars less and e-bikes more.
  • The Parish of Wadestown held a public forum on climate change.
  • The Parish of Wellington South preached on the topic of climate change, including discussion on alternatives to fossil fuel transport.
  • The Parish of St Matthew’s in Masterton car-pooled to Team Training Day, and installed more efficient heating.
  • The Radical Tea Party held a discussion on climate change, and so did the Anglican Chaplaincy at Victoria University of Wellington.
  • The Parish of Waikanae planted over 350 treesThe Parish of Lower Hutt continued “Project Kowhai,” nurturing kowhai seedlings to plant in Manor Park.
  • Young people in the Parish of Waiwhetu made reusable bags from recycled pillowcases and ties.
  • Lower Hutt Transition Churches had a public meeting on water quality.
  • The diocese joined calls for a zero carbon-emission act, a piece of legislation aimed at moving New Zealand toward net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Here are some questions to facilitate discussion in your mission unit:

  1. Does your mission unit have a climate catalyst?  How could you support them?
  2. How could your mission unit continue the journey of reducing carbon emissions?
  3. Do other mission units’ actions inspire you?
  4. What do you think of the Zero Carbon Act campaign?  You can read about it at zerocarbonact.nz.

We’d love to continue the discussion and hear your responses.  To share your ideas, please email us on duncan@wn.ang.org.nz.  To get involved or enquire about becoming a climate catalyst, please contact the Diocesan Advocacy Enabler, Kate Day, on kate@wn.ang.org.nz.