Dunscore Parish Church calls on the Church of Scotland to end investment in fossil fuels


Dunscore Parish Church has decided to end its investments in fossil fuels, becoming the second local church in the Church of Scotland to divest.

At the same time, it called on the Church of Scotland nationally to complete divestment from all fossil fuel companies, including oil and gas companies. The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland voted to divest from companies involved in the extraction and sale of coal and tar sands in 2016.

Dunscore Parish Church holds investments in the Church of Scotland Growth Fund, which invests in a range of companies including BP, Shell and Total, which are directly involved in fossil fuel extraction.

Dunscore Church, Scotland (photo credit: Matthew Aitken)

The Dunscore Church Congregational Board issued a statement calling for the Church of Scotland to end investment in fossil fuels. According to the statement, the Board reviewed arguments both in favour of and against the Church of Scotland investing in fossil fuel companies, and concluded that ‘at a time of climate emergency, it cannot permit money belonging to Dunscore Church to be invested in these companies.’

The statement continues: ‘It is the opinion of the Board that it is not appropriate for Dunscore Church (or for that matter, the Church of Scotland) to profit from companies that are a cause of increasing poverty and misery in some of the poorest parts of the world.’

To maximise the impact of this prophetic step, the Board has called on the Church of Scotland to divest from fossil fuel companies this year. ‘They very much hope that the decision this year will be to divest but, if this is not the case, Dunscore Church will remove its money from the Church of Scotland fund.’

James Buchanan, Bright Now Campaign Manager for the Christian climate change charity Operation Noah, said: ‘We would like to thank all involved in making this happen. It is inspiring to see churches such as Dunscore Parish Church leading the way in supporting a just transition from fossil fuels to clean alternatives.’

Could you get your local church or faith organisation to divest from fossil fuels?

The next joint announcement, which Churches and Christian organisations of all denominations are invited to join, will be a global divestment announcement for faith institutions on 18 May 2020.  Find out more here.

Please get in touch with Bokani Tshidzu on bokani.tshidzu@operationnoah.org before 12 May 2020 for further information or to register your interest.

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