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Three more churches pledge to divest from fossil fuels

At the beginning of the Season of Creation, Operation Noah invited local churches to join the growing fossil fuel divestment movement. We are delighted that three more churches have now taken this step.

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Christians celebrate the growing number of fossil-free Churches with a divestment party on the steps of St Paul’s!

On Saturday 25 October Christian Climate Action and Divest London threw a party on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate the growing number of Churches disinvesting from fossil fuels around the world. Christians, vicars, students and families celebrated with cakes, songs, party games and a ‘commitments catwalk’ of fossil-free Churches.

Speakers included representatives from Quakers in Britain and Brighthelm United Reformed Church in Brighton, who told partygoers why they have moved their money away from fossil fuels. Geoff Barnard, a trustee of Brighthelm, which was the first UK church congregation to divest, said the church was inspired by Operation Noah’s Bright Now campaign. He added, ‘It’s clear that the burning of fossil fuels is not sustainable. We divested from fossil fuels because we don’t want our money to support an industry that is destroying the planet. We were surprised to be the first church to take this step and hope others churches will soon join us by divesting from fossil fuels.’

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More support for disinvestment from Bradford North Methodist Circuit

‘What on earth is disinvestment?’ I hear you ask. Members of the Methodist circuit meeting of Bradford North know. They voted on Wednesday 5th March by 29 votes to 7 (with 16 neutrals) for the Memorial (Proposal):

‘Bradford North Circuit requests the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church to disinvest in firms whose main purpose is the extraction of fossil fuels from the earth.’ Read more