Dozens of Anglicans have had their say on the Zero Carbon Bill, a proposed new law that will serve as a national plan to address climate change. After a long campaign led by Generation Zero, supported by the Anglican Diocese of Wellington, the government has agreed to pass such a bill and has been consulting the public on what it should contain.
A number of events in our diocese gave people the opportunity to have their say. Climate Change Minister James Shaw spoke at St Peter’s event Ngā Kōrero: The Climate Change Challenge. (If you missed it, watch a video here.) Then dozens of Anglicans had an opportunity to pray about climate change and have their say on the Bill at four events at St Peters on Willis, St Thomas’ in Newtown, St. Michael’s in Kelburn and Blueprint Church.
Creative submission stations enabled people of all ages to contribute their thoughts. Children from St Michael’s wrote:
People of all ages contributed to the artwork below which reflects on the beauty of creation and the need to care for it. In Pahiatua-Eketahuna Parish, Wendy Parker taught church members about climate change by covering a globe with gladwrap to demonstrate how carbon pollution traps heat from the sun’s rays. She then encouraged people to submit on the Zero Carbon Bill.
Other creative submissions can be seen in this album.
Anglicans also contributed to a multi-denominational submission led by the Churches’ Climate Network, and an inter-faith submission led by the Jewish community.
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