PUBLISHED: 14:10 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:10 10 May 2018 Jon King Romford Town centre. Havering Town Hall Archant A campaign group is urging the council not to profit from wrecking the planet.. In March London mayor Sadiq Khan called on councils to ditch fossil fuel investment. Pic: KEN MEARS Finnian Murtagh of Fossil Free London – which wants local authorities to stop buying shares in coal, oil and gas companies – said: “If it’s wrong to wreck the planet through climate change, then it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.” He called on Havering Council to “immediately freeze” new investments in fossil fuels and get rid of existing investments. “It’s absolutely, fundamentally urgent. Commitments should be made immediately,” he said. For campaigners, divestment – the opposite of investment – means withdrawing cash, stocks and shares in firms removing fossil fuels as energy sources and contributing … [Read more...] about Council urged to stop investing in fossil fuels that ‘wreck the planet’
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PUBLISHED: 14:13 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:13 10 May 2018 Jon King Governments taking action on climate change could slap a high price on carbon dioxide, campaigners argue. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA PA Wire/PA Images A campaign group has urged Redbridge Council to stop investing in fossil fuels because of the damage they do to the environment. In March London mayor Sadiq Khan called on councils to ditch fossil fuel investment. Pic: KEN MEARS Finnian Murtagh of Fossil Free London – which wants local authorities to stop buying shares in coal, oil and gas companies – said: “If it’s wrong to wreck the planet through climate change, then it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage. “It’s absolutely, fundamentally urgent. Commitments should be made immediately.” He called on the council to “immediately freeze” new investments in fossil fuels and get rid of existing investments. For campaigners, divestment – the opposite of … [Read more...] about Environment campaigners call on Redbridge Council to stop investing in fossil fuels
Sinn Féin Councillor John Feely has pledged the party’s support to a new environmental campaign which is calling for the divestment of local government pensions away from fossil fuel companies. Fossil Free Northern Ireland is a Friends of the Earth initiative that aims to take the use of fossil fuels out of Northern Ireland’s economy, society and environment. The campaign is calling for the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers Superannuation Committee (NILGOSC) to divest the £350 million of pensions which are currently invested in fossil fuel companies. It held a Fermanagh campaign launch at Fermanagh House recently. Following the meeting, Friends of the Earth Network Developer Niall Bakewell said: “Friends of the Earth welcomed local representatives of the Green Party, Good Energies Alliance Ireland, Fermanagh Fracking Awareness, Fermanagh and Omagh Council, and some of our own members to help launch Fossil Free Northern Ireland in … [Read more...] about Fossil Free NI call for withdrawal of local government pensions from fossil fuel investments
FOSSIL fuel divestment campaigners have again been gathering in Bradford calling on the council to ditch its fossil fuel investments. The call has come following New York City’s decision to do so and campaigners are asking Bradford Council to do likewise. New York City is understood to have announced earlier this month that it is divesting its $191 billion pension funds of fossil fuels. Bill de Blasio, New York’s mayor, also announced that the city is suing the world’s largest oil and gas companies for damages caused by climate change in a two-pronged assault that he said is aimed at “standing up for future generations”. Here in West Yorkshire, the Fossil Free West Yorkshire campaign is calling on Bradford Council, which manages the West Yorkshire Pension Fund, to follow New York’s lead and sever its ties with the fossil fuel industry. Campaigners say the West Yorkshire Pension Fund invests £933 million in fossil fuel assets. The largest … [Read more...] about Bradford Council says there are ‘no plans’ to ditch fossil fuel investments in pension fund
PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:20 15 January 2018 Islington Council staff, as well as members of the public, are trying to make the town hall divest its pension fund from fossil fuel companies. Picture: Fossil Free Islington Archant We are a group of Islington council workers and residents calling on Islington Council to immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels, write 25 Islington Council workers and nine members of the public in an open letter to the chair and deputy chairman of the Islington pension fund sub-committee. Coal fired fuel station. Picture: PA IMAGES And to divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within five years. Climate change is the most pressing problem facing humanity. Extreme weather is increasingly affecting some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, and we want to protect this planet for our children and grandchildren. Local government has … [Read more...] about Gazette letters: Fossil fuels, health, homes for disabled, Highbury Corner, gardens and diesel charge.