Fossil Free

The Time is Now: Workshop 10 Divest your Church, Divest Parliament (London)

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26 June
2019

Is it ethical to invest in fossil fuels?

More than 1,000 organisations around the world with more than $8.5 trillion (£6.5 trillion) in assets under management, including New York City, the Royal College of GPs and the Universities of Cardiff and Edinburgh, have taken the step of divesting from fossil fuels in response to the growing climate crisis.

Faith groups have been at the forefront of the global divestment movement. The World Council of Churches, Kolot Chayeinu (a synagogue in New York), the Islamic Society of North America and Sydney Buddhist Centre are among the organisations to have divested.

Here in the UK, the Quakers in Britain and the United Reformed Church Synods of Scotland and Yorkshire are leading the way. However, most faith institutions including the Church of England and the Catholic Church continue to invest significant sums in fossil fuel companies such as BP, Shell and ExxonMobil.

More than 200 MPs have now signed the Divest Parliament pledge. This April, the UK Parliament pension fund took the first step towards divestment, though there is still further to go before its investments go fossil free.

Join this workshop to find out more about what we can do to get our faith institutions and the UK Parliament to divest from fossil fuels and invest in the future we all want to see.

About Operation Noah

Operation Noah is a Christian charity working with the Church to inspire action on climate change. Our work is informed by the latest science on climate change, its causes, impacts and solutions. We are faith-motivated, science-informed and hope-inspired.

To find out more about Operation Noah’s Bright Now campaign go to www.brightnow.org.uk

About Divest Parliament

Divest Parliament works with MPs from across the political spectrum to sign our campaign pledge calling on their pension fund to phase out its substantial investments in fossil fuels.

To learn more about Divest Parliament visit gofossilfree.org/uk/divest-parliament/

James Buchanan, Bright Now Campaign Manager at Operation Noah

James works on Operation Noah’s Bright Now campaign, supporting groups in all Christian denominations calling on their Churches to divest from fossil fuels and invest in clean alternatives. James was previously Project Coordinator for the Pilgrimage2Paris at the Church of England ahead of the 2015 UN climate talks. He has also worked for Christian Aid and CAFOD.

Tytus Murphy, Divest Parliament Campaigner at 350.org

Tytus is a campaigner with 350.org and helps coordinate the Divest Parliament campaign. He works with constituents, local groups and volunteer organisers across the UK to effectively pressure MPs and gain their support for bringing about a fossil free future.

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Event Details

Location St Martin-in-the-Fields
Start Wednesday 26 Jun 2019 10:30am
Finish Wednesday 26 Jun 2019 11:30am