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Peace and Justice

Campaign together for a world we want to live in.

Peace in the Pacific

Rev. Francois Pihaatae from the Pacific Conference of Churches spoke  on 10 November 2016 at Grey Lynn Presbyterian Church.  His paper: "The Much Aligned Tracks: the Keys to Solve the Ecological Crisis" is available here.

Pacific Conference of Churches' Tokatoka Declaration on Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience - 14-17 September 2016.


ACT Alliance petition

CWS is supporting the international petition calling for support to move the world towards a low-carbon resilient future.  You can show your support by signing the on-line petition or collecting signatures on a paper petition.  Download it here.

You can participate in actions locally and write to New Zealand Members of Parliament.  Suggested wording:

Dear Political Leaders

Climate change affects everyone, but especially poor and vulnerable people and communities, yet they are the least responsible for causing it. I don’t think that’s fair. For the UN climate change talks in Paris I call upon you to commit to:

** Delivering fair, ambitious and strong climate actions at national and international levels, adequate to stop climate change and keep global warming well-below 2 degrees,

* Delivering and scaling up public finance to enable the poorest to adapt to climate change and continue to develop in a low carbon sustainable way. 

Read more about the ACT Now for Climate Justice

UN Convention on Climate Change TalksTuvalu King flood 
26 November - 7 December 2012, Doha, Qatar

As the world's governments convene in Doha for the UN climate talks, CWS is calling as loudly as ever for the international action necessary to tackle climate change.

CWS is part of ACT Alliance which is strongly represented at Doha lobbying for greater commitment to both reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing funding for climate change adaptation and mitigation.  It is also a member of Tcktcktck which is also providing regular posts on events in Doha.

Qatar is the first Gulf country to host the international climate change talks.  Ironically Qatar is also one of the leading producers of oil and has the highest greenhouse gas emissions per capita of anywhere in the world. On Saturday 1 December several hundred climate activists, including members of a fledgling Arab youth movement, participated in Qatar’s first-ever environmental march.  They waved banners and called for Arab governments to take the lead in tackling climate change. They urged politicians attending the U.N. climate talks in Qatar to make commitments to reduce emissions from fossil fuels, use more renewable energy, and provide fresh funds to help poor countries adapt to climate impacts and develop in a low-carbon way.

But real commitment to reducing carbon emissions is wavering. For example the Russian government is refusing to join the Kyoto second commitment period, and appears to be backing away from its unconditional 25% emission reduction target announced by Prime Minister Medvedev during the Rio+20 summit in June in favour of the earlier 15-25% range stated in the 2009 Copenhagen Accord.

Contrast this with the German government’s target of 80 per cent renewable power by 2050, although many Germans believe they will have achieved 100 per cent renewable power by then.

In New Zealand Minister Tim Groser announced on 9 November that New Zealand would not sign up to the second commitment period (CP2) under the Kyoto Protocol. New Zealand will not presently commit to any specific target on carbon emission reduction over 1990 until “technical issues” are clearer. Instead New Zealand will shift its alliance towards the group of countries least committed to real reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. This group includes the China, India, Japan, Russia and the United States. 

CWS has written to Minister Tim Groser urging him to take a leadership role in supporting greater efforts towards real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Open Letter to Ministers attending COP 18 signed by ACT Alliance and many others, December 4, 2012.


ACT Alliance member DanChurchAid's smart, witty film Ripples won the 2011 global climate film competition at the COP17 climate conference in Durban. The film tells the story of how poor people in Bangladesh, with support from ACT members Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service and DCA, improve their possibilities to live with the effects of climate change.


  • Durban: What next? A news bulletin from the ACT Alliance 21 December 2011
  • Summary report on Durban events, including ACT Alliance comment.
  • Christian Aid report outlining critical agenda for Durban talks.
  • Sign the new petition to be presented at Durban on 27 November and watch Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
  • Send in your photo for the international petition.
  • World Council of Churches call for prayers and action.  Statement of the General Secretary in the lead up to COP17 in Durban, South Africa.
  • ACT Alliance backgrounder on COP17 talks at Durban, including ACT positions.
  • ACT Alliance policy brief on adaptation.
  • ACT Alliance policy brief on finance for poor communities affected by climate change.
  • ACT Alliance policy brief on a low carbon policy.
  • African faith leaders support climate justice.
  • Climate change worship materials produced by CWS for Copenhagen


A prayer for climate change

God of light and life, we see you in the rising sun,
the wind blowing through the fields of maize,
and the feel of a life-giving shower of rain.
Help us to see your light reflected throughout creation.

God of compassion, you are there with those people
who are facing the effects of a changing climate,
and are affected by floods, droughts and famine.
Show us how to be there with them too.

God of truth and justice, you hear those people around the world,
who struggle to make their voices heard.
Open our ears and the ears of those in power
to hear the cries of those living in poverty.

God of hope, we see you in people who refuse to give up,
who will not lose faith and keep on fighting,
for your earth and for your people.
Lift us, so that we may never lose hope.


Adapted from Michaela McGuigan/CAFOD

Hiroshima:  anniversary August 6, 2015.  Photo: WCC/P Jeffrey

Two boys bring paper cranes to Hiroshima for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bomb.  Photo: WCC/P Jeffrey

Peace Sunday Resources

Peace Sunday is held on the closest Sunday to Hiroshima Day, 6 August. 

In 2015 worship resources "Out of the Depths I cry to you" focused on the situation in Gaza and the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  More resources and updates are available here.

In 2014 worship resources "And the Hour is Now Late"  we remember the 100th anniversary of Britain's (and therefore New Zealand's) declaration of war on Germany on 4 August, the bombing of Hiroshima and the people of the Middle East.  Together we pray and work for peace.

Refugees and Displaced People