Preventing dangerous climate change means leaving 80% of known fossil fuel reserves in the ground. If our politicians are serious about tackling climate change, they shouldn’t be investing in them.
‘Divest Parliament’ calls on MPs across the political spectrum to show leadership on climate action by divesting their pension from fossil fuels, and reinvesting in the sustainable economy of the 21st century.
The campaign (launching Dec 2016) is a way to build support amongst MPs for action on the pension fund addressing issues of financial risk and climate leadership and building support for divestment. The work has already begun – now it’s time to build wider support.
We’re looking for a dedicated Divest Parliament volunteer team of campaigners to manage and build the campaign and take it to the next level. This is a great opportunity for campaigners new and old to build skills and experience at the centre of an impactful and dynamic national campaign.
The team will be responsible for campaign strategy development and delivery, with support and resources from experienced campaigners, 350.org staff and MPs parliamentary staff. This an opportunity to work in a supportive, collegiate environment on what has the potential to be a high profile campaign, and we are looking for people with a range of skills, experiences and backgrounds.
The team’s responsibilities will include:
- Developing and implementing a campaign strategy to sign up cross-party MPs to the divestment pledge and build support and awareness of divestment amongst parliamentarians
- Supporting MPs and constituents to celebrate and amplify pledges through digital and press channels
- Supporting constituents to visit their MPs, including rolling out training and outreach programmes, especially in the lead up to and during the Global Divestment Mobilisation in May
- Identifying, responding to and organising campaign moments, including responding to events in Parliament, to maximise the impact of the campaign and achieve its goals
- Organising events in Parliament (possibly around the Global Divestment Mobilisation in May) and press moments at significant points in the campaign eg 50 MPs signed up
- Tracking and updating supportive MPs pledges
- Providing up to date resources and myth busting resources and support to constituents and MPs
This is an 8 month project, starting with a residential training and planning weekend January 28th-29th 2017. The volunteer team will meet twice again in person over the course of the project (April, August – costs covered) and hold monthly online meetings. If there’s anything we can do to support your participation in these meetings then let us know. We understand many team members may also have full time jobs (this is a voluntary position), so ask for a minimum commitment of a couple of hours a week (average).
As much of the team interactions will be online, and different team members may have a national or local focus, we encourage applications from across the UK.
If this sounds like you, please fill in your details and availability, along with a short text about why you’re interested here, any particular things you’d like to contribute or learn more about and your availability.
- You don’t need previous experience of fossil fuel divestment campaigning, but you must be aligned with the aims and goals of the divestment campaign and committed to climate action
- Able to work constructively as part of an inclusive and collaborative team
- Some previous campaign experience is desirable but not required, and we’ll need a range of wide range of skills covering social media and digital, admin and organising, facilitation, delivering trainings, events, media work and campaign strategy.
The work we do is enhanced by having a range of skills, perspectives and backgrounds. If you’re interested in being part of this project but have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications is 10am, Monday 19th December. You’ll hear back from us by Friday 23rd December. Apply here.