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.

We will be meeting outside The Patch cafe in Lewes (19-21 Market St, BN7 2NB) at 9am to process together to County Hall, where a petition in support of the Council declaring a climate emergency will be handed-in at 9.45am. The Council meeting should begin at 10am, and the divestment debate and climate emergency motion should be concluded by lunchtime. (See here for Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1542360589237530).

NB We have a small travel fund available to help supporters on low incomes come to County Hall on the 15th October. (Early morning travel by public transport can be very expensive!) There will be an opportunity to claim from this after the debate. We are leaving it up to individuals to decide whether or not they want to claim (ie. there will be no means-testing!). If claims exceed the total value of the fund then we will divide it fairly between all those claiming. For more info contact divesteastsussex@gmail.com or speak to Gabriel on the 15th.

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. Sign the pledge to take action here.

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