Don’t Miss the Bus on Climate Change: Make Pensions Fossil Free

On Saturday 23 September campaigners from across East Sussex will be boarding one of the Big Lemon’s sustainable buses for a one-day tour of East Sussex, taking the message about fossil fuel divestment – and the Divest East Sussex petition – to Hastings, Bexhill, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Seaford, Crowborough, Uckfield and Brighton.

Whilst the bus itself is almost completely booked*, supporters are encouraged to join us at any of the above locations (see below for times and locations), either to help gather signatures, to be part of the photo call or both. We’re bringing our own mobile ‘Don’t miss the bus on climate change’ bus stop with us, so we shouldn’t be too hard to spot!

“If we want to avoid 2C, we have very little time left. The public should be very concerned.” – Adrian Raftery, co-author of the recent scientific paper ‘Less than 2 °C warming by 2100 unlikely’, Nature Climate Change, 31 July 2017.


We’ve already seen global warming of over 1 degree centigrade.

The resulting climate change is now leading to increasingly severe impacts – from rapidly melting sea-ice at the poles to 50 degree heatwaves in India and drought in California. The UK is also seeing serious impacts – with increasingly severe flooding in almost every region and country in the UK in recent years – and it’s going to get much, much worse.

Unless, that is, we take action NOW to ensure that most of the known deposits of fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas) are left in the ground unburnt, and replace them with cleaner sources of energy.


East Sussex County Council (ESCC) currently has £150m of local people’s pension monies invested in fossil fuels. These investments are a disaster for the climate as well as a financial risk for local people’s pensions.

Hastings Borough Council, Lewes Town Council and Brighton & Hove City Council have all called on ESCC to get rid of these investments (‘divest’).

Add your voice to the calls for divestment by signing the petition to divest the East Sussex Pension Fund and join us on 23 September if you can (see below for our schedule).

Together we can send a strong message to the ESCC that it’s time to move our money away from the problem and into the solutions.


9 – 9.45am, Hastings
Location: on the promendade by Hastings pier
Photocall @ 9.15am.

10 – 11am, Bexhill
Location: on the promenade near the de la Warr Pavilion
Photocall @ 10.45am

11.45am – 12.45pm, Hailsham
Location: the High Street (near Hailsham Parish Church)
Photocall @ 12.30pm

1.15 – 2.15pm, Eastbourne
Location: on the sea front near the pier
Photocall @ 2pm

2.45 – 3.45pm, Seaford
Location: Clinton Place, near the Clinton Centre
Photocall @ 3.30pm

4.30 – 5.30pm, Crowborough
Location: the High Street (junction with Nevill Road, Croft Road, and the Broadway)
Photocall @ 5.15pm

6 – 7pm, Uckfield:
Location: the High Street, near the intersection with Grange Road
Photocall @ 6.45pm

8pm, Brighton
Location: Old Steine bus stop S, outside the Royal Albion Hotel (35 Old Steine, Brighton BN1 1NT)
Photocall @ 8pm

Please note that all times and locations are approximate. If you can’t find us on the 23rd then please call 07596 483 272.

* Please email if you’re interested in joining the bus for the whole tour.

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