Support the fast & vigil for fossil fuel divestment: 18 – 20 July

Support the fast and vigil for fossil fuel divestment outside County Hall, Lewes, 18 – 20 July

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On 20 July, the East Sussex Pension Committee will vote on whether to stop investing in the giant fossil fuel companies that are driving the climate crisis.

To support the call for fossil fuel divestment, campaigners will be holding a fast and vigil outside County Hall (St Anne’s Crescent, BN7 1UE):



8am – 2pm, Monday 18 July

8am – 2pm, Tuesday 19 July

8am – 9.45am, Wednesday 20 July



before going in to attend the meeting of the Pension Committee meeting (where the vote will take place) at 10am on Wednesday 20 July.



If you’d like to take part in either the fast or the vigil part of the presence outside County Hall during the period 18 – 20 July (whether or not you wish to fast) then please contact divesteastsussex@gmail.com or 07596 483 272.

‘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

Press release: 230+ Bexhill residents sign petition to local councillor on fossil fuel investments

Press Release

Divest East Sussex [1]
13 June 2022
More info: 07596 483 272

PHOTO: https://tinyurl.com/hollidgeprotest2 [CAPTION: Fossil fuel divestment campaigners with a message for Councillor Ian Hollidge (Bexhill South) outside the De La Warr Pavilion on 11 June 2022. PHOTO: Divest East Sussex]

230+ BEXHILL RESIDENTS SIGN PETITION TO LOCAL COUNCILLOR ON FOSSIL FUEL INVESTMENTS
Bexhill South residents call on Councillor Ian Hollidge to vote in favour of fossil fuel divestment next month

Monday 13 June 2022: Bexhill residents staged a photocall outside the De La Warr Pavilion with a giant head of local Councillor Ian Hollidge on Saturday, demanding that he stop investing in fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas). Over 230 residents of Bexhill South have now signed a petition to Cllr Hollidge (Cons, Bexhill South), calling on him to vote in favour of divesting the East Sussex Pension Fund from fossil fuels when he votes on this matter next month [2].

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PRESS RELEASE: Pension Board votes to explore options for giving Brighton & Hove greater say on local pensions, as member tells meeting Fund must ‘stop providing a fig leaf’ for fossil fuel companies

Press Release
Divest East Sussex [1]
27 May 2022
More info: 07596 483 272

PHOTO: https://tinyurl.com/3febdivestdemo2 [CAPTION: BHCC Councillor Tom Druitt (holding baby) joins fossil fuel divestment campaigners outside Brighton Town Hall on 3 Feb 2022. PHOTO: JJ Waller], https://tinyurl.com/sarahhazlehurst [CAPTION: Sarah Hazlehurst (centre) and other divestment campaigners take their message to County Hall, Lewes, 8 February 2022. PHOTO: Katie Vandyck], https://tinyurl.com/druittandhazelhurst [CAPTION: Cllr Druitt and Sarah Hazlehurst outside County Hall, Lewes, 27 May 2022. PHOTO: Divest East Sussex]

PENSION BOARD VOTES TO EXPLORE OPTIONS FOR GIVING BRIGHTON & HOVE GREATER SAY ON LOCAL PENSIONS, AS MEMBER TELLS MEETING FUND MUST ‘STOP PROVIDING A FIG LEAF’ FOR FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES

Friday 27 May 2022, County Hall, Lewes: This morning the East Sussex Pension Board voted 2-to-1, with one abstention, to explore options for giving Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) Councillors a greater role in the decisions of the East Sussex Pension Fund, the local government pension scheme covering Brighton, Hove and East Sussex [2].

The vote took place after BHCC Councillor Tom Druitt submitted a paper proposing that East Sussex County Council (ESCC) add two BHCC Councillors to the decision-making body for the East Sussex Pension Fund (the East Sussex Pension Committee) because of the Fund’s ‘[f]ailure to support effective action to address’ the threat posed to the Fund by climate change – something he described as ‘a clear violation of the  Pension Committee’s fiduciary duty’ to its members [3].

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Councillor to make climate change case for Brighton & Hove voice on East Sussex Pension Fund

Press Release
Divest East Sussex [1]
23 May 2022
More info: 07596 483 272

PHOTO: https://tinyurl.com/3febdivestdemo2 [CAPTION: BHCC Councillor Tom Druitt (holding baby) joins fossil fuel divestment campaigners outside Brighton Town Hall on 3 Feb 2022. PHOTO: JJ Waller], https://tinyurl.com/sarahhazlehurst [CAPTION: Sarah Hazlehurst (centre) and other divestment campaigners take their message to County Hall, Lewes, 8 February 2022. PHOTO: Katie Vandyck]

COUNCILLOR TO MAKE CLIMATE CHANGE CASE FOR BRIGHTON & HOVE VOICE ON EAST SUSSEX PENSION FUND
East Sussex County Council defending a ‘failed policy of ‘engaging’ with fossil fuel companies’ argues Pension Board member

10am, Friday 27 May 2022, County Hall, Lewes: A Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) Councillor will propose that East Sussex County Council (ESCC) add two BHCC Councillors to the decision-making body for the East Sussex Pension Fund (the East Sussex Pension Committee), at a meeting of the East Sussex Pension Board at County Hall in Lewes this Friday [2].

In a paper submitted to the meeting Cllr Tom Druitt, who sits on the Board, claims that ‘[f]ailure to support effective action to address [the threat posed to the Fund by climate change] is … a clear violation of the Pension Committee’s fiduciary duty’ to the Fund’s members, and that the Committee has ‘continued to promote and defend a failed policy of ‘engaging’ with fossil fuel companies that isn’t fit for purpose’ [3].
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Please attend the Pension Board meeting @ County Hall on 27 May!

Please attend the Pension Board meeting at County Hall in Lewes (BN7 1UE) at 10am on Friday 27 May to support:

(a) the call for Brighton & Hove representation on the decision-making body for the East Sussex Pension Fund;

and

(b) the call for the East Sussex Pension Fund to make a public commitment to fully divest from fossil fuels (oil, coal & gas).

Please note: you should aim to arrive at the Hall no later than 9.45am, to give you time to pass through security.



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Council leader rejects call to back windfall tax on Big Oil

Press Release
Divest East Sussex [1]
10 May 2022
More info: 07596 483 272

PHOTO: https://tinyurl.com/shieldingfossilfuels1; https://tinyurl.com/shieldingfossilfuels2; https://tinyurl.com/shieldingfossilfuels3 [CAPTION: East Sussex County Council using the East Sussex Pension Fund to shield fossil fuels, outside County Hall, Lewes on 10 May 2022. PHOTO: Katie Vandyck.]

COUNCIL LEADER REJECTS CALL TO BACK WINDFALL TAX ON BIG OIL

It’s time for ESCC to stop shielding fossil fuel companies and divest, say campaigners



Tuesday 10 May 2022, County Hall, Lewes: The leader of East Sussex County Council (ESCC) rejected a call to back a windfall tax on Big Oil this morning, as climate campaigners staged a theatrical protest outside County Hall demanding that ESCC stop shielding the giant fossil fuel companies that are reaping huge windfall profits from the war in Ukraine.


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Stop shielding fossil fuels! Windfall tax on Big Oil now! Join the photocall outside County Hall on 10 May

It’s time for East Sussex County Council (ESCC) to stop shielding the fossil fuel companies!

Join us outside County Hall in Lewes (St Anne’s Crescent, BN7 1UE) @ 9.15am on Tuesday 10 May to demand a windfall tax on Big Oil and the full divestment of the East Sussex Pension Fund from fossil fuels.

Continue reading Stop shielding fossil fuels! Windfall tax on Big Oil now! Join the photocall outside County Hall on 10 May