Divest your council
Across the UK, local authorities continue to invest around £10 billion in fossil fuels through their pension funds, despite more than 75% of councils declaring a climate emergency.
As the government prepares to host this year’s COP26 climate talks, our new report reveals that local authorities are still backing the industry responsible for the climate crisis and pouring billions into the companies blocking climate action.
As we recover from the pandemic, we can choose to stick to old systems of investment that keep accelerating the climate crisis, or we can invest local money in ways that matter for local people and their future.
It costs nothing to make this change, and six councils have already committed to divest fully. It’s time to ask why your council has not.
How much does your local authority invest in fossil fuels?
Use our simple e-action to tell your local councillor to stop funding the climate crisis and divest their pension funds from fossil fuels.
Depending on where you’re based, click the link below to use the tool:
There’s a network of 35+ campaigning groups working on local government divestment across the country
If there isn’t a campaign near you and you’d like to get one going – let us know! We can support you with training and resources, and link you up with other campaigns.
Are you a member of a trade union? There is a growing movement of climate activism within trade unions.
UNISON, the primary representative for local government workers, is one of a number of unions that has formally adopted policy in support of fossil fuel divestment. GMB, Unite and other unions that represent those in the local government pension scheme have also supported divestment campaigners.
Now, we need to turn these policy wins into action. Get in contact with your branch secretary asking to be put in contact with other members looking to divest, or get in contact with Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
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About the report
Divesting to protect our pensions and the planet is a joint report from Platform, Friends of the Earth England Wales and Northern Ireland and Friends of the Earth Scotland in February 2021.
Download the full report, including data tables and report methodology