OPEN LETTER TO THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY
We welcome the leadership that you are providing in this vital year for our climate, such as your work convening global faith leaders ahead of the Glasgow summit.
We fully agree with your statement that:
“We all have both a moral and financial responsibility to address the climate emergency and to use those tools available to us to support the goals of the Paris Agreement. For Christians and people of conscience, this is even more so when you see the impacts on the world’s poorest and least equipped to adapt to extreme weather, as well as the impacts on the beauty of God’s creation”.
In that context, we are extremely disappointed and concerned to see that the Church of England Pensions Board is lending its moral and financial authority to Shell, and plans to vote for Shell’s climate and energy plan at its 2021 Annual Meeting. We urge you to use all the tools available to you to encourage all parts of the Church of England to challenge Shell, rather than champion the corporation’s climate and energy plan.