15

Jan

2016

New funding for Bright Now from Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts

 

We are delighted to announce that the Ashton Trust, JJ Charitable Trust, and the Mark Leonard Trust – three of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts acting under the banner of the Climate Change Coalition – have offered funding towards the Bright Now campaign over the next two years. The funding means that we can continue to develop and expand Bright Now and to recruit a Campaigner to lead the next phase of the campaign.

CCC_logo_nostrapline_300dpiOperation Noah launched Bright Now in September 2013. Through the campaign we are calling on the Churches and the Christian community in the UK to:

– Disinvest from companies involved in the extraction of fossil fuels

– Take a leading and influential role in the national debate on the ethics of investment in fossil fuels

– Support the development of clean alternatives to fossil fuels through their investment policies.

Since launching Bright Now, UK churches have significantly changed their stance, policy and practice on fossil fuel investments. In 2015 the Church of England and Methodist Church both announced disinvestment from coal and tar sands companies. The United Reformed Church (URC) of Scotland, the Quakers in Britain and Brighthelm URC have fully disinvested from coal, oil and gas extraction companies.

However, we are ambitious in what we want to achieve and in the light of the COP21 in Paris we believe there is much more to do.

We are very grateful to the three Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, which have themselves disinvested from fossil fuels, for enabling us to take the next steps towards a fossil free future.

Further information on the post of Campaigner for Bright Now, including a job description and application form, can be found here.

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