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11

Jun

2018

Fossil free Churches: Accelerating the transition to a brighter, cleaner future

Front cover of the Fossil Free Churches report.

Our new Bright Now report looks at the role of the Churches in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

The report, Fossil free Churches: Accelerating the transition to a brighter, cleaner future, argues that the speed of transition needs to accelerate rapidly in order to keep temperature rises in line with the Paris Agreement. To accelerate the transition to a net zero carbon economy, Churches (and other investors) need to rapidly shift their investments from fossil fuel companies and reinvest in clean alternatives. Read more

29

May

2018

Encouraging signs for Church divestment

Banner: "Church of Scotland narrowly votes against divestment from oil and gas - but the fight for Fossil Free Churches continues!"

This is an exciting time in the campaign for fossil free Churches. Arguments for divestment are now being taken seriously in many quarters: in just a few weeks, we’ve seen the following signs of the times. Read more

21

May

2018

The Church of Ireland votes to divest from fossil fuels

Activists hold a 'keep it in the ground' banner on the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

The Church of Ireland’s General Synod voted last week in favour of full divestment from fossil fuels. Campaigner Stephen Trew explains how it happened. Read more

19

Jan

2018

New York City takes the lead on fossil fuel divestment

The Statue of Liberty in New York.

In a significant step forward for the divestment movement, New York City announced last week that it will divest its city pension funds from the fossil fuel industry.

At the same time, the city announced a lawsuit against five of the biggest oil and gas corporations for the damage caused by climate change, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Read more

15

Jan

2018

Make 2018 the year you divest your church

Tring Baptist Church

Two years ago, 195 countries signed the historic Paris Agreement, committing to keep average global temperature rises ‘well below 2 degrees Celsius’, compared with pre-industrial levels. We know that in order to meet these targets, there must be a rapid transition from fossil fuels to clean alternatives, including renewable energy.

The Church can lead the way: showing their support for the Paris Agreement by committing to divest from fossil fuels. And while our national Churches are still not there yet, local churches are taking a prophetic stand on this urgent issue. Read more

13

Dec

2017

Exxon announcement on climate reporting: too little, too late

On Tuesday 12 December, ExxonMobil finally responded to shareholder pressure following a resolution passed at the company’s AGM in May 2017, announcing that it would report on the impact of climate policies on its business operations.

The announcement came on the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement, which the company publicly supports, although its actions have suggested otherwise. Read more