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Berlin votes to divest

Berlin’s parliament has just voted to divest from oil, coal and gas companies.  Today Berlin joins other European capitals like Stockholm, Paris, Copenhagen and Oslo in making a powerful, public rejection of the fossil fuel industry. The Berlin House of Representatives decided to blacklist investments in companies that are incompatible with the German capital’s goal of (More...)

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Meddling with Pensions Part II

By Joel Benjamin, Community Reinvest UNISON, one of the UK’s largest trade unions – representing more than 1.3 million people, has launched a Government petition calling for a debate on proposed reforms to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). The UNISON LGPS petition has been live for several weeks and attracted 80,000 signatures at the time (More...)

How BP messes with our museums

The six dodgiest things we’ve uncovered about the oil giant’s influence on UK museums By Danny Chivers, Art Not Oil New report published today: BP’s cultural sponsorship: a corrupting influence Fossil fuel companies have a long tradition of sponsoring the arts in order to promote their dirty brands and hide their climate misdeeds. By providing (More...)

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From “Click-tivism” to Direct Action – A Personal Journey

By Holly Templer, organiser with the Fossil Free Bristol campaign Today I received one of those “2 years ago” messages on Facebook and have been reminded of the day on which I became an activist. If you had told me two years ago that I would be planning a cycling trip to South Wales today, to (More...)

Breaking: BP sponsorship of Tate to end!

It’s a great day for the climate movement as news breaks that BP’s controversial sponsorship of the Tate Modern is set to end this year! The victory comes after years of pressure from artists, gallery-goers and activists to drop the toxic brand, with some of the most beautiful and creative interventions in recent years from (More...)

How being a mum turned me into a divestment campaigner

By Katy Obregon, Fossil Free Southwark Part of being a parent involves trying to explain things about the grown-up world to my children. There are certain topics (you know the kind of thing I mean) for which generations of parents have struggled to find the right words. It’s only really in the last couple of decades (More...)

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Meddling with pensions – what is the government planning?

In November 2015, the government announced it was opening a consultation on potential changes to the way local government pension schemes operate in England and Wales. This consultation closed in February. You might’ve seen petitions circulating on social media about these proposals, as well as lots of news articles speculating on the possible implications for (More...)

A weekend of action – some highlights.

What a weekend. Since our Show the Love mobilisations for divestment kicked off on Friday morning, we’ve seen over 50 actions targeting universities, banks, pension funds, councils and more across the whole country. It’s been our biggest ever mobilisation for divestment and it speaks for itself – take a look! Feeling inspired? Get involved in a divestment (More...)

Mayor wants to rid Copenhagen of ‘totally wrong’ investments in coal, oil and gas

Yesterday, Copenhagen’s finance committee agreed to move forward on a proposal by the mayor to divest the fossil fuel holdings of the city’s 6.9bn kroner (€920m) investment fund. Detailed proposals for implementation will now be developed and taken to Copenhagen Council for final decision. Mayor Frank Jensen told the Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information: “Copenhagen is (More...)

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