Find out more about the global movement for fossil fuel divestment, why the church needs to divest, and the tools to help you campaign for change on fossil fuel investment.

Operation Noah resources

Campaign Reports

Church investments in major oil companies: Paris compliant or Paris defiant? (2020) – The report shows the gap between the business plans of major oil companies and the Paris Agreement targets, and calls on Churches to urgently divest from fossil fuels in response to the climate emergency.

Fossil Free Churches report (2018) – this report highlights the role of the Churches in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. It argues that the speed of transition needs to accelerate rapidly in order to keep global temperature rises in line with the Paris Agreement. The report concludes that Churches should shift their investments away from fossil fuel companies as soon as possible, and reinvest in clean alternatives.

Church of Scotland divestment briefing (2019) – this briefing was produced by Operation Noah, Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth Scotland and Eco-congregation Scotland. It sets out how the Church of Scotland can accelerate the just transition to a sustainable future by divesting from fossil fuels and investing in clean alternatives, as part of the Church’s wider response to climate change.

Reflective paper on the ethics of fossil fuels – Bishop David Atkinson asks how the Church of England should decide whether investments in fossil fuels are ethical.

Campaign tools

Divest your church (PDF) – a how to guide for local churches on divesting from fossil fuels and reinvesting for a brighter future. Printed copies can be requested.

Church of England divestment listening group resources – Agenda, presentation and feedback form for leaders of listening group meetings on Church of England investments in fossil fuels

Methodist Divestment Guide – a resource on how local churches, Circuits and Districts can divest from fossil fuels. This resource was produced by Operation Noah in partnership with the Methodist Zero Carbon Group.

Role play – a thought-provoking role play for use with groups.

Bible study – biblical texts and teachings relevant to divestment.

Other resources

Film clips

Other campaigns on divestment

Church investment information

Church statements on climate change

Church case studies

Finance and investment resources

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