Comments: Church of England and the low carbon economy

Re Ethical climate investment and especially The Guardian article by Adam Vaughan, this is an important decision for C of E investment policy makers. Readers unfamiliar with the Canadian context may be interested to know that the current Canadian Tory government has done everything it can to shut down debate over climate change, including intimidating environmental advocacy not-for--profit groups. The Harper government created a specific line item in the federal budget allocating funds to The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to audit not for profit environmental groups to make sure they are not engaging in "political" activity. Here is one way this works. The feds use the a budget line item to create a virtual mandate to conduct the audits. Then "arms length" right wing groups that favor both big oil and the Conservatives file a complaint with CRA triggering an audit. The result is that not for profits, including some church groups, are forced into expending funds to mount a defense. In some cases the audits have resulted in the not for profits having their charitable tax status revoked. Here is a link to a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. item on this story.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/sierra-club-latest-environmental-charity-hit-by-revenue-canada-audits-1.3052770

Posted by Rod Gillis at Friday, 1 May 2015 at 4:37pm BST

One suspects that the amount of carbon being expended in the ongoing 'Shared Conversations' on Human Sexuality won't be too devastating for the climate in the Church of England.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Saturday, 2 May 2015 at 1:31am BST
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