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23

Jan

2024

Catholic Divestment moves forward: San Diego Example Pushes UK Churches to Rethink Fossil Fuels

This month, the Diocese of San Diego made history by becoming the first Roman Catholic diocese in the US to publicly commit to divest from fossil fuels – a bold move which reflects a growing global sentiment that it’s time to sever ties with an industry that not only harms our environment but also goes against the principles of justice and sustainability. The UK has been at the forefront of Catholic divestment, with the Scottish Catholic Bishops’ Conference having divested as well as 12 Roman Catholic Dioceses in England and Wales, including the Diocese of Salford, whose bishop, Rt Revd John Arnold, is the lead bishop on the environment for the Catholic Church in England and Wales. However, nine Roman Catholic dioceses in England and Wales are still directly investing in fossil fuels, something we believe must change.

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20

Sep

2023

Dioceses continue to make divestment commitments in the UK

The Church of England Diocese of Guildford and the Catholic Diocese of Salford have announced their divestment from fossil fuel companies as part of an on-going movement away from the industry. 

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20

Apr

2023

People of faith announce 31 global divestment commitments and urge other faith groups to divest

As fossil fuel companies continue to overheat the planet, underinvest in renewables and explore for new oil and gas in violation of scientific warnings, 31 faith institutions from the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Italy and France joined today’s global divestment announcement, proclaiming no faith in fossil fuels by making their assets permanently off limits to fossil fuel companies. Today’s divestment announcement by faith institutions represents well over $2 billion in assets under management.

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28

Feb

2023

Four dioceses, including London, divest from fossil fuel companies

Since the start of 2023, the Church of England Dioceses of London, Lichfield and Rochester have all announced their divestment from fossil fuel companies, while the Roman Catholic Diocese of Northampton announced its divestment today (28 February) – the very same day that Operation Noah called attention to Northampton’s lack of a divestment commitment, though the diocese was quick to note that it first made the decision to divest back in October 2022.

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31

Jan

2023

Join our 40 Days, 40 Dioceses campaign and the next Global Divestment Announcement

At the start of 2023, 40 dioceses across England and Wales (27 in the CofE and 13 in the Catholic Church) had yet to make a commitment to divest from fossil fuels. Making a divestment commitment involves committing to sell any investments in fossil fuel companies and not to invest in these companies in the future. This Lent, we will highlight a particular diocese on each of the 40 days and encourage Christians to take action, calling on Church leaders and investors to make changes.

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30

Nov

2022

Church investment in climate solutions report launch webinar

On Tuesday 22 November, over 100 people joined us for a webinar launching our new report, Church Investment in Climate Solutions: Financing a Liveable Future.

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