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On Thursday 17 February 2022 at 5.30pm, we’ll run an online training session for anyone who wants to be a leader in our Divest the Church of England campaign. Register for our one-hour session on Zoom here.
The Church of England is still heavily invested in fossil fuels despite the fact that oil, gas and coal are literally fuelling the climate crisis. Scientists say we must nearly cut our emissions in half this decade to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis, yet every major fossil fuel company stands in the way of the effort to limit warming to 1.5C; in fact, all the major fossil fuel companies plan to exploit new fossil fuel reserves against the explicit warnings of the UN and the International Energy Agency.
Even worse, fossil fuel companies have regularly lied to the public and have even worked behind the scenes to undermine legislative efforts to rein in their destructive practices. Still, the Church of England’s Pensions Board and Church Commissioners have a combined £55 million in fossil fuel investments, and 18 Church of England dioceses are still invested in fossil fuels. After many years, fossil fuel investors like the Church of England have not brought about the change we need by financing fossil fuels. Emissions continue to go up. And Anglicans around the world, including bishops, are now demanding change. It’s time to divest.
By attending our one-hour online training session on 17 February, you will learn how to hold one or more ‘listening meetings’ with 6-12 people in your church or local area (meetings can held either in person or on Zoom), inviting interested contacts to learn more about the Church’s fossil fuel investments, share stories about how these investments impact them and discuss what, if anything, they want to do about it.
Space is limited, so register for our training now by clicking here.