Resources

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

Fossil Free Churches report (2018) – this new 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 new briefing has been 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.

Bright Now Report (written in 2013 and updated in 2015) – this founding campaign report sets out the moral, theological, scientific, financial and practical case for churches to divest from fossil fuel companies, and examines why they must actively seek to support clean, alternative forms of energy generation through their investment portfolios.

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.

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

  • Fossil Free
    The fossil free campaign from 350.org with background information and resources for religious institutions.
  • DivestInvest
    Global network of investors divesting from fossil fuels and investing in climate solutions.
  • Global Catholic Climate Movement
    Organisation working with Catholic institutions on climate change and fossil fuel divestment.

Church investment information

Church statements on climate change

Church case studies

Finance and investment resources

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