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20

Jun

2016

ON response to Church of England consultation on extractive industries

Operation Noah has responded to the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) consultation on extractive industries. A summary of the response can be found below and the full response can be found here. Read more

28

Feb

2016

Divest-invest: UK’s biggest energy lobby ‘flips’ on renewable energy

In a U-turn from ‘business as usual’, the UK’s biggest energy lobby group has called for a stronger focus on energy efficiency and a greater roll-out of renewables.

It’s a change which bolsters the case for UK churches to ‘divest and invest’ – divest from fossil fuels and invest in clean energy technologies.

The move has attracted the attention of investors and policy experts alike. Nicky Mayey Chief Executive at E3G energy consultancy said it’s ‘a fundamental shift from the old energy business model because it’s not fit for the future’. Read more

17

Feb

2016

The Paris Agreement – what does it really mean?

The Paris Agreement, presented to the world in December last year, caught many people by surprise. In the aftermath of the UN conference the contribution from faith communities and the Church in the run-up to COP 21 has been roundly praised. But what does the agreement really mean and what level of change is needed to keep the world below the 1.5 deg C threshold? Read more

14

Dec

2015

COP21 – We must, we can, we will.

If you woke on Sunday morning wondering if the previous night’s announcement in Paris was a dream, it’s OK – it wasn’t. But after years when the main concern after the December COP was to try and find something, anything, even vaguely positive to say you’d be excused for thinking it might have been.

To get just shy of 200 countries to agree to anything at all is remarkable. To get agreement on a 2°C target, with the aspiration to limit average warming to 1.5° is, frankly, stunning.

It is a testament to the extraordinary efforts of Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and her team. Read more

11

Nov

2015

Exxon, VW & UK Gov’t accused of misleading public

What do ExxonMobil, VW and the UK Government have in common? Each stands accused of deliberately misleading the public and in the case of Exxon and the UK Government, of misleading Congress and Parliament about climate change science, and the true implications of recent changes to UK energy policy. Read more

3

Nov

2015

Famine in Malawi – why climate change is a problem right now

Extreme weather events in the UK and further afield frequently make the news. Though no single event can be solely attributed to the changes in the climate system from fossil fuel pollution, we know that the frequency and intensity of these is likely to increase in the future as the planet warms.

But as Rev Richard Tucker, Malawi Partnership Officer for the Church of England explains, the altered climate is leading to significant changes to things such as the predictability and definition of the seasons in countries like Malawi. And these are occurring today. Read more