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BREAKING: Christian campaigners drop banner during Synod to urge Church to divest from fossil fuels

Yesterday a group of young campaigners protested against Church investments in fossil fuels at Church House, London during the General Synod. The group, including members from Christian Climate Action (CCA), dropped a protest banner from the public gallery and held a prayer rally outside Church House demanding the Church pull its investments from fossil fuel companies such as BP and Shell.

Holly Peterson, from CCA said: ‘Fossil fuel companies cannot continue with ‘business as usual’ if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change.

‘If the Church believes in ethical investment and cares about the impacts of climate change on people and planet then why do they still invest in fossil fuels? They are not practising what they preach.

‘We are calling on the Church of England to show courageous leadership and take action now by moving their investments. This is the only way to send a clear message that the continued extraction of fossil fuels is no longer morally acceptable’.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Churches! Show the love for creation by dumping fossil fuel investments this year!

This morning, together with Christian Climate Action, we delivered two giant Valentine’s Day cards to the Church of England and Methodist Church, asking the Churches to break up with fossil fuels in 2015 to show their love for creation.

This is the first of a number of actions calling on the Church to divest that are taking place around Global Divestment Day this week.

The cards were filled with messages from Christians asking the Churches to disinvest for the love of all the things they care about that are threatened by climate change. Many people asked the Church to ‘invest in the future and not the past; the Kingdom of God and not the fossil fuel industry’, and urged Church investors to fulfil their ‘moral and ethical duty to lead the way in forging a new economy’. Others spoke of their family and friends: ‘disinvest for the love of my two-year-old grandson who loves creation and will grow up in a world which is unrecognisable from today’.

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Get involved in Global Divestment Day 13 – 14 February!

On 13 and 14 February thousands of people from across the world will take action to call on institutions and individuals to move their money away from fossil fuels as part of the first ever Global Divestment Day. Already the World Council of Churches, Quakers in Britain, the Church of Sweden and over 40 other Churches and faith communities have committed to disinvest. It’s time for UK Churches to join them by breaking their ties with fossil fuel companies and using their resources to support a clean and sustainable future. Let’s call on the Churches to take action on Global Divestment Day!

How can you get involved?

Send us your messages for a Valentine’s Day card to the Church of England and Methodist Church

On Wednesday 11 February – as the Church of England meets for its General Synod – we will deliver a giant Valentine’s Day card to the Church of England and Methodist Church, asking them to show their love for God’s Creation by breaking up with the fossil fuel industry. We will be making a collective card to share your messages about the things you love that are threatened by climate change, and why you believe UK Churches should disinvest. Here are a couple of the messages we’ve received so far! Read more




Christian activists perform Fossil Free Nativity outside Methodist Central Hall

Campaigners from Christian Climate Action and Divest London gathered outside Methodist Central Hall in central London on Saturday 6th December to perform a ‘Fossil Free Nativity’ and call on the Methodist Church and the Church of England to disinvest from fossil fuels.

Participants dressed up as wise men, shepherds, angels and characters from the Nativity to perform a re-telling of the Christmas story, which also included new figures such as BP, Shell and climate scientists.

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New Divestment Campaign Hits Big Five Banks

Charlotte Webster writes on Move Your Money’s ‘Divest!’ campaign, which calls for banks to stop funding fossil fuels and climate change.

Fossil fuel investment has never been environmentally acceptable. It is now no longer socially acceptable. It is fast becoming economically unacceptable too.

The divestment movement is spreading across the globe with investment groups like the Rockefeller Brothers recently joining religious groups, foundations, universities, councils and cities all committing to move billions of pounds out of fossil fuels. This month the University of Glasgow pledged to divest £18 million, joining the British Medical Association, Oxford City Council and the UK’s Quakers in moving away from fossil fuels.

In October this year, Move Your Money launched a new campaign calling for banks to stop funding fossil fuels and climate change. ‘Divest!’ comes amid growing public concern about climate change and fossil fuel investments.

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General Synod to debate the climate!

Great News: climate change is on the agenda at the Church of England General Synod on 12th February.

The purpose of the debate is to challenge the Church to take urgent action on climate change in all areas, including political pressure, disinvestment / reinvestment, adaptation, consumption, poverty and international development. This is the first step in encouraging the Church of England to engage more fully in tackling climate change and the hope is that it will lead to further debates, specifically concerning fossil fuel disinvestment. Read more