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WIN: First UK pension fund divests from fossil fuels

Waltham Forest Pension Fund has become the first council scheme in the UK to commit to full divestment! Check out the press release and coverage below for more information… BREAKING: Waltham Forest becomes first UK pension fund to commit to #divest from fossil fuels! Amazing work from @DivestWF! #fossilfree pic.twitter.com/9MVVl8caLW — Fossil Free UK (@FossilFree_UK) (More...)

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Frack Barclays! A ‘How to Guide’ – Join the Webinar

Following the controversial decision to allow the first fracking in 5 years in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, a week of action has been called targeting the companies responsible. This October 24th-29th, people from all across the UK will be taking action against Barclays Bank over their support of the fracking industry, and ownership of Third Energy. (More...)

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It’s all kicking off this October!

As Bill McKibben reminded us in his recent visit to the UK, this July was the hottest ever globally since records began. It was a chilling tale of what’s at stake, followed by a clear message that resistance is building. After the relative summer lull, everything is jumping back into action and this October is (More...)

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Bill McKibben in London

Last weekend Bill McKibben visited London, 3 years on from the Fossil Free Tour which kicked off the divestment campaign in the UK.  A lot has changed since then and a whole movement has blossomed taking on the fossil fuel industry in our universities, local councils, churches, health organisations, charities and more. To celebrate, we hosted a day (More...)

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Fellowship Stories: Building Resilient Communities In Fairbanks, AK

As a part of the 350.org Fossil Free Fellowship, divestment leaders Kengo Nagaoka and Tristan Glowa returned home to Fairbanks, Alaska to send the summer working with the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition. Today Alaska is in a moment of crisis. As the Arctic warms twice as fast as the rest of the world, wildfires, melting permafrost, (More...)

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The New 200

They did it again! The smart people at Fossil Free Indexes published the new 2016 Top 200 fossil fuel companies by size of reserves — click The Carbon Underground 200. This is the list used by most divestment campaigns as the point of departure for the discussion of how to define fossil fuels when considering (More...)

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Meddling with Pensions Part III

Want to know more about the changes to local government pension schemes? Check out Part I and Part II of this blog series. On July 15th, local government pension schemes across England and Wales had to submit final proposals for merging the existing funds into eight big pools. Since these proposals are in, we now (More...)

Stuttgart pulls out of fossil fuels

Stuttgart, capital of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg in the southwest of Germany, decided today to pull its funds out of fossil fuels in response to the mounting threat of climate change. The new investment criteria will see the city drop about 75 Stoxx-Europe listed companies engaging in coal, oil and unconventional gas or fracking (More...)

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DECC might be gone, but we can still fight for climate justice

Sometimes it can feel like everything is going wrong. First there was the EU referendum result — I don’t think I realised how much it would affect me. Not only do I fear the consequences of Brexit on our human rights, environmental legislation and the safety of migrants; but I also worry about what the (More...)