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Three more churches pledge to divest from fossil fuels

At the beginning of the Season of Creation, Operation Noah invited local churches to join the growing fossil fuel divestment movement. We are delighted that three more churches have now taken this step.

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Divest your church this Season of Creation: 1 September to 4 October

As our scorching summer gradually fades into autumn, the Bright Now campaign is inviting local churches to support the movement for fossil free churches. Could you join us in this next stage of the campaign?

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Join the Season of Creation: 1 September to 4 October 2017

Today marks the launch of Season of Creation (or Creation Time), when Christians around the world will be praying and caring for creation. Over the coming weeks, Season of Creation will provide an opportunity to celebrate creation and contemplate our role in protecting it. Read more




Global Divestment Mobilisation is coming soon!

This May, people all over the world will be taking action calling on our institutions to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in a brighter, cleaner future.

Global Divestment Mobilisation, taking place 5-13 May, is your opportunity to join with thousands of others to highlight the climate impacts of churches, universities, local government and pension funds investing in fossil fuels and demand that they do the right thing: divest! Read more




UK – climate leader or laggard? A chance to question Amber Rudd – UK Energy Secretary

If you’ve been wondering how the Chancellor’s decision to:

  • Halve and then abandon  the ‘zero carbon’ homes standard,
  • Cut support for energy efficiency measures, and bar Local Authorities from setting higher energy efficiency standards for new homes,
  • Reduce funding for energy efficiency measures in fuel-poor households,
  • End support for on-shore wind,
  • Cut support for solar PV by up to 87%,
  • End support for community energy, and without notice remove tax relief for investors in community energy,
  • Impose a carbon pollution tax on renewable energy,
  • Change the tax incentive for low carbon vehicles, and
  • End support to pilot carbon capture and storage technologies….

… is compatible with the UK pushing for a strong global deal in Paris and with the Government’s legal commitments both under the 2008 Climate Change Act and to the EU on renewable energy, then you can put your questions directly to ministers this week via Twitter.

Despite a slew of recent policy announcements officially the Government is pressing for an ambitious deal in Paris

Despite the slew of policy announcements since the General Election the Government maintains it wants an ambitious deal in Paris.

As part of a week-long #BackClimateAction tweetathons the Department of Energy and Climate Change wants your questions.

Simply tweet at @DECCgovuk using #BackClimateAction, in advance or live at the times below.

Energy minister Lord Bourne will be taking questions on climate change and innovation on Wednesday 2nd December between 1430 – 1530.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd will be taking questions on COP summit in Paris and the UK’s commitment on climate change, Thursday 3rd December between 1300 – 1400.

A rare chance to tell ministers what you think.


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Urge your Church of England and Methodist Church representatives to support disinvestment this summer!

In June and July this year, the Church of England General Synod and Methodist Conference will debate fossil fuel investments. You can strengthen this debate and encourage the Churches to make progress towards disinvestment by asking your representatives to vote and speak in favour of disinvestment.

You can also support the campaign by praying, on Thursday 2nd July (Methodist debate) and Monday 13th July (Church of England debate), for those speaking in the debates and for a positive outcome.

Church of England

Over the last year, the Dioceses of Oxford and Birmingham have passed resolutions urging the Church to disinvest. In response to these and other calls from local churches, the Church recently published a new policy on climate change. This includes disinvestment of £12 million from coal and tar sands, but also states that the Church will continue to engage with, and invest in, other fossil fuel companies. On 13th July, General Synod will debate this policy. They will also vote on an amendment asking the Church to strengthen this policy by making further progress towards disinvestment. You can support disinvestment by asking your General Synod representatives to vote and speak in favour of this amendment.

Please also invite your Synod members to come along to our fringe event on Sunday 12 July from 1 – 2.15pm, where we’ll explore the case for disinvestment from fossil fuels. Download the flyer here – Fossil Fuels – Is there a case for disinvestment. Read more