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Date posted: 22 May 2014
Press release, 22 May 2014: Inspired by Operation Noah’s Bright Now campaign, Brighthelm URC Church in Brighton is pulling out of investing in fossil fuels. Operation Noah congratulates Brighthelm on being the first individual UK church to make the decision to disinvest since the launch of the campaign.
Brighthelm’s minister, Revd Alex Mabbs, explained, ‘One of our core values at Brighthelm is sustainability. It is clear that the burning of fossil fuels is not sustainable and increasingly intensive extraction methods are causing extreme damage to the environment, and harming animals, plants and humans. We don’t want our money to support an industry that is killing the planet. Instead, we want to contribute to a world in which all life can flourish.’
Mark Letcher, Vice Chair of Operation Noah commented, ‘We are greatly encouraged that Brighthelm has added its voice to the global fossil fuel disinvestment movement spreading across churches around the world. As well as working to bring about change within national denominations we are also encouraging individual churches that hold investments to disinvest. This is an important step, and we are delighted that a mainstream UK church has taken this lead.’
Shortly after the launch of Bright Now in September 2013, the Quakers in Britain became the first religious grouping to commit to disinvestment. Since then, the Church of England has discussed the issue at General Synod and committed to undertake a review of their investments. Several Methodist regional groups have recently put forward requests for the Methodist Church in Britain to disinvest from fossil fuels, and these will be discussed at the Methodist Conference this July.