Resolution Number: A203
Subject: Moving Toward Net Zero in the Anglican Church of Canada
Moved By:  
Seconded By:  
Be it resolved that this General Synod:

  1. Encourage the members of the Anglican Church of Canada from coast to coast to coast to live out the 5th Mark of Mission as well as our Baptismal Covenant.
  2. Encourage all parts of the Church to:
    1. Discern prayerfully which meetings most benefit from face-to-face interaction, and with what frequency,
    2. Attend to the non-monetary costs of travel, including loss of time, environmental impact, accumulated fatigue and increased stress,
    3. Ensure, where possible, that physical meetings are accessible by public transit and “active transit” (bicycles, walking, etc.),
    4. Continue to offer ways for people to participate online.
  3. Direct the Council of General Synod to seek to reduce the carbon impact of travel for meetings of General Synod, the Council of General Synod, and its committees, when possible, by offering online or hybrid options and choosing lower-carbon travel as a witness to the rest of the Church, and to report on these efforts regularly and to General Synod 2025.
  4. Direct the Council of General Synod to purchase carbon offsets for such travel as is deemed still to be necessary, using offset initiatives of Indigenous communities where possible.
  5. Encourage Canadian Anglicans, Ecclesiastical Provinces, dioceses and parishes to purchase carbon offsets for their own travel.

Source: Creation Matters Working Group of The Anglican Church of Canada

Submitted By: Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice Coordinating Committee

Does this motion contain within it any financial implications? 

If yes, has the General Synod Expenditures Committee considered the implications? 

Yes     No


We give thanks to God that Anglicans have proven their devotion to worship, fellowship, learning and proper governance by learning how to hold many forms of meetings online during the pandemic, and have found new ways of including people with disabilities and the vulnerable in so doing. The environment and our finances (national, diocesan and personal) were all blessed by the decrease in travel of all kinds, local as well as inter-provincial. Most meetings were effective, and creative hosts even found ways of sharing refreshments together and promoting friendships, new and old. Some learning still needs to happen to identify just which kinds of meetings should be in person, and how often any one body should meet physically.

This motion aligns with Resolution A203 passed at General Synod 2019 “The United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development”, reflecting Goal #13: Climate Action and Resolution C003, which encouraged consideration of the purchase of carbon offsets as one action to address climate change.



In the normal course, an ordinary motion must be passed by a majority of the members of General Synod present and voting together. 

Six members of General Synod may, prior to the question being put, require a vote by Orders, with a majority of each Order being necessary to pass.

If a question passes on a Vote by Orders, any six members (two from each of three different dioceses) may immediately before the next item of business require a vote to be taken by dioceses.  A motion passes if a majority (or a tie) of dioceses vote in favour.

Source: Sections 4 and 5 of the Declaration of Principles and sections 18, 19 and 20 of the Rules of Order and Procedure.

Resolution download and history

Matthew 10:40-42


40 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous, 42 and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

John 15:12-17

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing, but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

John 21:15-19

Jesus and Peter

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19 (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Luke 11:33-36

The Light of the Body

33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a bushel basket; rather, one puts it on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but if it is unhealthy, your body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. 36 But if your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.”

Matthew 8:1-4

Jesus Cleanses a Man

8 When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him, and there was a man with a skin disease who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be made clean!” Immediately his skin disease was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”