No pensions without representation! Join us in Lewes on Tues 8 Feb to support the call from Brighton & Hove for divestment and representation

Join us 9.15 – 9.45am, Tuesday 8 February outside County Hall in Lewes (Saint Anne’s Crescent, BN7 1UE) on the date of East Sussex County Council (ESCC)’s next Full Council meeting, to support the proposal to add two Brighton & Hove City Councillors to the East Sussex Pension Committee to ensure that the East Sussex Pension Fund finally makes a commitment to divest from fossil fuels.

No pensions without representation! It’s time to divest Brighton & Hove’s pensions from fossil fuels.

American Revolution-style tricorn hats provided …

Organised by Divest East Sussex. Supported by Lewes Climate Hub, Lewes Liberal Democrats, Lewes Green Party and XR Lewes.

NB A second demo is taking place in Brighton on Tuesday 3 February.
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Fossil banks, no thanks: Join the mass switch out of the UK banks fuelling climate change

To stop climate chaos, we need to stop funding fossil fuels (oil, coal & gas) NOW.

But the UK’s biggest banks are among the worst in the world for funding fossil fuel expansion.

Indeed, together Barclays, HSBC and Santander have poured over $120 billion into fossil fuel expansion since 2016.

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One of the ways in which we can build political pressure on the banks is for people and businesses to move their accounts, letting both the banks and the media know that they’re moving and why they’re moving. (Simply switching your account without doing these things doesn’t accomplish much.)

And doing this together with others can have an even bigger impact.

If you live in East Sussex, Brighton or Hove, bank with any of the UK’s three biggest fossil banks* (Barclays, HSBC or Santander), and would be willing to move your account from these banks on or before 15 March then please complete our questionnaire: https://tinyurl.com/UKfossilbanksnothanks

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No pensions without representation! It’s time to divest Brighton & Hove’s pensions from fossil fuels

Join us 6 – 7pm, Thursday 3 February outside Brighton Town Hall (Bartholomew Square, BN1 1JW) to send a message to East Sussex County Council: ‘No pensions without representation! It’s time to divest Brighton & Hove’s pensions from fossil fuels.’

American Revolution-style tricorn hats provided …

Action organised by Divest East Sussex and supported by Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth and Brighton UNISON.

NB A second demo is taking place in Lewes on Thursday 8 February.
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We need a #FossilFuelTreaty! Join the demo outside Muriel Matters House on 9 February

On Wednesday 9 February Hastings Borough Council (HBC) will vote on whether to endorse the call for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Such a treaty could enable the international cooperation required to prevent the proliferation of fossil fuels, to phase-out existing stockpiles and infrastructure, and to fast-track a just and peaceful transition to safer and cleaner alternatives.

However, HBC endorsing such a call won’t have any impact unless people get to hear about it so if you live in Hastings or St Leonards then please:

(1) email your Hastings Borough Councillors now to urge them to support this move;

and

(2) join the demonstration and photocall outside Muriel Matters House (Breeds Place, Hastings, TN34 3UY) on Wednesday 9 February. It’s time for a #FossilFuelTreaty to help make fossil fuels history! This event also lives in Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/349512429973510 so please make sure to invite your friends.
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Please urge your Hastings Borough Councillors to support a Fossil Fuel Treaty!



On Wednesday 9 February Hastings Borough Council (HBC) will vote on whether to endorse the call for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Such a treaty could enable the international cooperation required to prevent the proliferation of fossil fuels, to phase-out existing stockpiles and infrastructure, and to fast-track a just and peaceful transition to safer and cleaner alternatives.

If you live in Hastings or St Leonards then please email your Hastings Borough Councillors today to urge them to support this move.

See below for a template email text and details for how to locate your Councillors’ emails.

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East Sussex County Council: #ClimateCrimeScene

Image above: Left to right: Councillors James MacCleary (Lib Dem, ESCC), Imogen Makepeace (Green, Lewes District), Milly Manley (Green, Lewes District), Sabina Arthur (Labour, Hastings Borough) and Siriol Hugh-Jones (Green, Brighton & Hove City) help declare County Hall a climate crime scene, 7 December 2021. Photo: Emily Mott

On Tuesday 7 December climate campaigners from across East Sussex, Brighton and Hove declared County Hall a climate crime scene, encircling East Sussex County Council (ESCC)’s Full Council meeting with 400m of ‘climate crime scene’ tape. Over 60 people took part in the action, including local Councillors from Lewes, Hastings, Brighton and Newhaven.

Photos below. See here for background. Contact divesteastsussex [at] gmail.com if you’re a climate campaigner and can use some climate crime scene tape (we have *a lot* of it)!

Press coverage for this action: Pensions Age, Brighton & Hove News, Hastings Online Times, Hastings Observer, Sussex Express, Eastbourne Herald
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Campaigners encircle County Hall with 400m of ‘climate crime scene’ tape

Press release
Divest East Sussex and XR Lewes [1]
7 December 2021
More info: 07596 483 272

IMAGE 1: https://tinyurl.com/climatecrimescene1 [CAPTION 1: Left to right: Councillors James MacCleary (Lib Dem, ESCC), Imogen Makepeace (Green, Lewes District), Milly Manley (Green, Lewes District), Sabina Arthur (Labour, Hastings Borough) and Siriol Hugh-Jones (Green, Brighton & Hove City) help declare County Hall a climate crime scene, 7 December 2021. Photo: Emily Mott]
IMAGE 2: https://tinyurl.com/climatecrimescene2 [CAPTION 2: Four ‘police officers’ help to declare County Hall a climate crime scene, 7 December 2021. Photo: Emily Mott]
IMAGE 3: https://tinyurl.com/climatecrimescene3 [CAPTION 3: Campaigners declare East Sussex County Council’s meeting a climate crime scene, 7 December 2021. Photo: Emily Mott]
IMAGE 4: https://tinyurl.com/climatecrimescene4 [CAPTION 4: A local pension fund member helps to encircle County Hall with climate crime scene tape, 7 December 2021. Photo: Katie Vandyck]

CAMPAIGNERS ENCIRCLE COUNTY HALL WITH ‘CLIMATE CRIME SCENE’ TAPE

Councillors from Hastings Borough Council, Lewes District Council and Brighton & Hove City Council help to declare East Sussex County Council meeting a climate crime scene 



Tuesday 7 December, County Hall, Lewes: Climate campaigners from across East Sussex, Brighton and Hove declared County Hall a climate crime scene this morning, encircling East Sussex County Council (ESCC)’s Full Council meeting with 400m of ‘climate crime scene’ tape. Over 60 people took part in the action, including local Councillors from Lewes, Hastings, Brighton and Newhaven [2]. The protest culminated in a 10-minute mass noise, using whistles and drums to ‘make a noise that [the Council] won’t be able to ignore.’



Campaigners note that, two years after declaring a ‘climate emergency’, ESCC is still refusing to divest the East Sussex Pension Fund (which covers Brighton and Hove, as well as East Sussex) from fossil fuels [3], has rejected calls to endorse the Climate & Ecological Emergency Bill (which would ensure that the UK plays its fair and proper role in limiting global warming to 1.5°C) [4], and appears to have done very little to make its ‘target’ of reducing the County’s carbon emissions by 13% a year a reality [5].

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This is a climate crime scene! Join the peaceful mass encirclement of ESCC (with climate crime scene tape) on Tue 7 Dec

“The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable: greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning and deforestation are choking our planet and putting billions of people at immediate risk” – UN Secretary General, António Guterres, August 2021 Continue reading This is a climate crime scene! Join the peaceful mass encirclement of ESCC (with climate crime scene tape) on Tue 7 Dec