By Joel Benjamin, co-founder of Community Reinvest, originally published on Reinvest Scotland The value of fossil fuel companies is directly...
guide to local government divestment
All the information and resources you need to run a divestment campaign targeting your local council. Get involved!
Our local councils invests over £14 billion in the fossil fuel industry.
We know that to stop catastrophic climate change we have to keep fossil fuels in the ground and transition quickly towards a clean renewable economy. The fossil fuel industry has spent decades spreading lies about the climate to protect their profits at the expense of people and planet, but together we can turn the tide against them.
It’s imperative that our councils and pension funds break ties with this morally bankrupt sector and divest from fossil fuels. By doing so, they can take necessary action to protect fund members’ pensions from risky investments, and join hundreds of public institutions worldwide in taking a stand against an industry which is causing climate chaos and endangering our future.
This guide is for anyone who wants to take action for local government divestment in their community.
It includes information on how local councils and pension funds work, as well as top tips on running a successful campaign – so have a look, then get campaigning!
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Local government divestment campaigns are building power all over the UK.
Already there are nearly 50 local groups and campaigns taking action to divest local government, with more springing up every month – get involved:
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A photo story following the Fossil Free Southwark campaign from their beginnings two years ago, to Southwark Council's decision to divest this week.
On 4 May 2017, local elections will be held across much of the UK. These elections are a great opportunity to build local support and see more local councils divest their pensions from fossil fuels.
In the last couple of years, one of the most common arguments against fossil fuel divestment has become ‘we can...
The campaign to divest local councils from fossil fuels is making waves. The overwhelming majority of local governments’ investments lie...