Local government in the UK manages £225 billion through their pension funds and reserves, with large holdings in fossil fuels. More information about how local governments work, existing campaigns around the country and how to join in can be found here. This network is being supported by 350.org and others.
UK universities and colleges have £5.2bn invested in fossil fuel companies, and also support the fossil fuel industry through their research and partnerships with some of the worst-offending companies. Students, staff and alumni are taking action all over the UK and you can find more information and get linked in through People & Planet.
Across the world faith groups have been helping lead the way on fossil fuel divestment. Through the Bright Now campaign, Operation Noah are working with churches and the Christian community in the UK to divest from fossil fuels, and pressuring denominations including the Church of England and Methodists.
Grassroots Oil Vey campaign is leading the way in the Jewish community.
Climate change is the ‘public health challenge of our time’ according to many in the medical community, and Medact and Healthy Planet UK through Fossil Free Health are calling on the health community to divest.
Trusts and foundations, charities and other organisations are also committing to divest. Divest:Invest focus on the philanthropic sector, and all other organisations committing to divest will be added to the divestment commitments and celebrated if you let us know.
Building a campaign team is important, but it’s ok to start small. Get people you know together and ask around groups working on similar issues in your area for people who might be interested.
Who better to take advice from than those already campaigning to divest their local authorities from fossil fuels? Here we share their top tips for building a strong team: