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
* Join us outside The Patch cafe in Lewes (19-21 Market St, BN7 2NB) at 9am on Tuesday 15 October 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 email@example.com or speak to Gabriel on the 15th.
** 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.