Following the Church of England’s decision at last year’s General Synod to pursue a policy of ‘robust engagement’ with fossil fuel companies rather than disinvestment, Operation Noah trustee The Revd Dr. Darrell D. Hannah wrote the following article for the Church Times outlining what ‘robust engagement’ would truly require to keep global temperature rises below 1.5°C. Operation Noah’s Bright Now campaign continues to call on UK churches to fully disinvest from fossil fuel companies. Read more
The Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) is reviewing its policy advice on climate change for the Church’s national investing bodies. As part of the process it has produced a survey asking if, and how, the Church of England should reduce the carbon emissions of its investments, and in particular whether the Church should disinvest from fossil fuels.
In principle Operation Noah welcomes EIAG consulting on the policy review; however we find this survey is biased and ill-informed, containing both leading questions and false choices. It suggests that EIAG has a clear agenda against fossil fuel disinvestment, and makes it difficult for stakeholders to express their views effectively.
We recommend that those considering completing the survey read these reflections first, and then send their comments to EIAG (see below for details). Read more