Sign the pledge to help stop East Sussex County Council funding climate change!

On Tuesday 15 October East Sussex County Council (ESCC) will debate* a petition calling on the Council to stop funding climate change.* Ironically the Council is also anticipated to pass a motion declaring a ‘climate emergency’ at the same meeting.

If, as anticipated, ESCC insists on continuing to fund climate change after 15 October, a nonviolent direct action campaign will be launched to build further pressure on the Council.

Please let us know now whether or not you can join us at County Hall in Lewes on the 15th October and / or would be willing to take part in nonviolent direct action to stop ESCC funding climate change if the Council refuses to divest on 15 October: https://tinyurl.com/desactionpledge
Continue reading Sign the pledge to help stop East Sussex County Council funding climate change!

County Council to debate fossil fuel divestment (and vote on declaring a ‘climate emergency’) on 15 October

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) is currently helping to fund climate change by investing £145 million of the East Sussex Pension Fund in the giant oil and gas companies that are driving our current climate crisis – companies like Exxon and BP.

On Tuesday 15 October, as the result of over 4 years of campaigning by people across East Sussex, ESCC will debate whether or not to continue this funding. Ironically the Council is also anticipated to pass a motion declaring a ‘climate emergency’ at the same meeting.

Join us on the 15th October so that the Councillors feel under maximum pressure to do the right thing and stop using local people’s pensions to fund climate change. Continue reading County Council to debate fossil fuel divestment (and vote on declaring a ‘climate emergency’) on 15 October

Local pension fund members call on County Council to stop funding climate change

Press Release
Divest East Sussex [1]
23 September 2019

LOCAL PENSION FUND MEMBERS CALL ON COUNTY COUNCIL TO STOP FUNDING CLIMATE CHANGE
Over 200 pension fund members sign statement in advance of County Hall debate on 15 October

Monday 23 September: As the UN begins its Climate Action Summit in New York [2], 240 members of the East Sussex Pension Fund have signed a statement calling on East Sussex County Council to stop using their pensions to fund climate change. The issue is due to be debated at the next Full Council meeting at County Hall on Tuesday 15 October – the same meeting at which the County Council looks set to agree a ‘climate emergency’ motion [3]. Continue reading Local pension fund members call on County Council to stop funding climate change

Petition hand-in should trigger debate on County Council’s role in funding climate change

Press Release
Divest East Sussex [1]
17 September 2019

PETITION HAND-IN SHOULD TRIGGER DEBATE ON COUNTY COUNCIL’S ROLE IN FUNDING CLIMATE CHANGE
Debate should take place on 15 October alongside ‘climate emergency’ vote

Monday 16 September, County Hall, Lewes: A petition calling on the County Council to stop funding climate change was handed-in at County Hall yesterday [1]. The 5,300 signatures on the ‘Divest East Sussex’ petition should be enough to trigger a debate on the issue at the next Full Council meeting on 15 October – the same meeting at which the County Council is anticipated to vote on a ‘climate emergency’ motion [2]. Continue reading Petition hand-in should trigger debate on County Council’s role in funding climate change