Environmental resolutions passed by the NSW/ACT Synod of the Uniting Church. For statements and resolutions passed by the National Assembly, visit the UnitingJustice website.
NSW/ACT Synod divestment implementation strategy 2013
In October 2013, the Synod Standing Committee approved the following implementation strategy, prepared by Synod’s Treasury and Investment Services (T&IS), for divestment from shares in companies engaged in the extraction of fossil fuels:
Fossil fuel divestment resolution 2013
In April 2013, a decision was passed by consensus by the Uniting Church Synod of NSW and the ACT in April 2013 to divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy.
Protection of land and water from mining 2013
A resolution passed by the Synod in April 2013 to call upon the NSW Government to protect important agricultural and conversation land and irreplaceable water resources from coal and coal seam gas exploration and mining. The proposal was an initiative of the New England North West Presbytery.
The Murray-Darling Basin: Pastoral care and a prophetic voice 2013
A resolution passed by the Synod in April 2013, asking the Synod and the Assembly to speak and act both pastorally and prophetically in the Murray-Darling Basin. The proposal was an initiative of the Moderator's Murray-Darling Basin Consultation group.
Climate change resolution 2008
The NSW/ACT Synod Standing Committee passed a climate change resolution on Saturday 22nd November 2008. Among other things, it commits the Synod to:
- Conduct a feasibility of reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the Synod offices, with a view to setting an emission reduction target in 2010
- Integrate ‘creation care’ into all aspects of its life
- Advocate to governments for action on climate change
- Support and provide resources for congregations to reduce their carbon footprint and integrate ‘creation care’ into their worship, witness and service
Financing of fossil fuel power stations 2008
A resolution passed by the Synod in 2008.
GreenPower resolution 2006
The 2006 meeting of the NSW Synod passed a resolution to ask all congregations, presbyteries and church agencies to switch to 100% government accredited GreenPower.