The Archbishop of Canterbury has told his former oil company colleagues to use their talents to change the world as he condemned the record profits of fossil fuel business.
Speaking during the decennial Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops, Justin Welby said “there will be more done” by the Church of England and fellow institutional investors to ensure major oil companies tackle climate change and do more to help the poor.
The Church of England has chosen to keep many of its investments in fossil fuel companies, with the exception of coal, on the basis that it can push those companies to transition to net zero.
After joking that most of his co-workers would now be retired, Lord Welby made reference to Colossians and said: "It is our duty as human beings, before God and before the rest of humanity… to serve through the talents we have.
“Energy production companies have enormous talent and gifts and financial capital, use it for good and my grandchildren and yours and others will say Praise God for what those companies did in the 2020s, for they have changed our world."