Blog Archive: Churches Archives - Bright Now

31

Jan

2017

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

25

Nov

2016

Church Divestment and Investment for a Zero-Carbon Economy – skill-up day report

On Saturday 19 November, Operation Noah and Quaker Peace & Social Witness organised a skill-up day for campaigners and church treasurers, entitled ‘Church Divestment and Investment for a Zero-Carbon Economy’, which was attended by 40 people from across the churches. The event offered participants the chance to learn more about the range of alternative investment options available, how to divest and reinvest in practice and campaigning for divestment and reinvestment in their churches. Read more

12

Feb

2015

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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10

Feb

2015

Christian theologians, scientists and environmentalists reflect on ethics of fossil fuel investments

Disinvest to reinvest

In a new Bright Now paper, Christian theologians, scientists and environmentalists consider the question ‘Is it ethical to invest in fossil fuels?’, arguing that the Church must transition away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy as a matter of life and faith.

As the international fossil fuel divestment movement grows, Churches around the world are considering the ethics of their investments in oil, gas and coal. Recognising that the vast majority of the world’s fossil fuel reserves need to be left underground to prevent catastrophic climate change, and that climate change disproportionately affects the poorest and most vulnerable communities, many are electing to sell these investments and instead use their funds to support renewable energies and other clean technologies.

This paper brings together experts from different denominational backgrounds and regions around the world to consider the ethics of the Church’s investments in fossil fuels. Read more

4

Nov

2014

Aligned!

Decision by Swedish Pension fund to drop fossil fuel companies shows financial and ethical considerations are now aligned and puts onus on Churches to demonstrate prudence.

Nearly 50 Churches and faith-based organisations around the world have now decided to disinvest from fossil fuel companies. They have done so for compelling theological, moral and scientific reasons. They are aware that climate change is already here and will intensify rapidly, hurting in particular poor communities in geographically vulnerable regions.

Maybe these organisations have also been aware of the financial reasons for disinvestment – that the fossil fuel companies are continuing to invest heavily in finding new reserves, despite the evidence that, if we are going to keep the increase in global warming below 2 degrees centigrade, over half of the world’s known reserves will have to be left untouched in the earth. This evidence has recently been endorsed by Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England.

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27

Oct

2014

Christians celebrate the growing number of fossil-free Churches with a divestment party on the steps of St Paul’s!

On Saturday 25 October Christian Climate Action and Divest London threw a party on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate the growing number of Churches disinvesting from fossil fuels around the world. Christians, vicars, students and families celebrated with cakes, songs, party games and a ‘commitments catwalk’ of fossil-free Churches.

Speakers included representatives from Quakers in Britain and Brighthelm United Reformed Church in Brighton, who told partygoers why they have moved their money away from fossil fuels. Geoff Barnard, a trustee of Brighthelm, which was the first UK church congregation to divest, said the church was inspired by Operation Noah’s Bright Now campaign. He added, ‘It’s clear that the burning of fossil fuels is not sustainable. We divested from fossil fuels because we don’t want our money to support an industry that is destroying the planet. We were surprised to be the first church to take this step and hope others churches will soon join us by divesting from fossil fuels.’

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