Blog Archive: fossil fuels Archives - Bright Now

29

Jun

2023

How the Church of England divested from fossil fuel companies

Operation Noah launched the Bright Now campaign in September 2013. Our campaign for fossil free Churches was kickstarted by the Fossil Free Tour a month later, which we organised alongside 350.org and People & Planet. Bill McKibben, US environmentalist and author who started the fossil fuel divestment movement in the US in 2012, spoke at events attended by 1,000+ people in London, Birmingham and Glasgow.

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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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29

Mar

2023

Over half of Church of England dioceses have now made a divestment commitment!

Operation Noah is delighted to announce that 22 of 42 Church of England dioceses have now made a full commitment to divest from fossil fuels. The Diocese of Canterbury, Diocese of Coventry, Diocese of Ely and Diocese of Hereford have recently confirmed that they will divest from fossil fuel companies by the end of December 2023 (Hereford) or have previously divested and will not be reinvesting in fossil fuels in future (Canterbury, Coventry and Ely). 

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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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10

Nov

2022

Over a third of Church of England dioceses have now divested from fossil fuels!

As world leaders gather for the UN climate talks, COP27, held in Egypt this year, three more Church of England dioceses have made commitments to divest from fossil fuels. In the last few weeks, the Dioceses of Manchester, St Albans and Gloucester have made fossil fuel divestment commitments at Diocesan Synod meetings. 

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25

Aug

2022

Over 60 UK local churches have now made divestment commitments. Could yours be next?

Local churches have long been an integral part of the fossil fuel divestment movement. As church communities align their investments with their values by divesting from fossil fuel companies, they help to remove the social licence of oil, gas and coal companies and encourage other organisations and institutions to follow suit.

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