How did your Councillor vote at the 15 October divestment debate?

Approximately £145m of the East Sussex Pension Fund is currently invested in fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas).

On 15 October East Sussex County Council debated whether or not it should stop funding climate change by freezing and then phasing out these investments. Councillors overwhelmingly rejected the motion calling on the Council to stop funding climate change and then went on to declare a ‘climate emergency’ with a 2050 deadline for decarbonising the County (ie. in line with already-existing government policy).

This was a litmus test for whether the Council is serious about taking urgent action to tackle the climate crisis and they blew it.

Check to see how your Councillor voted on Tuesday. If you’re disappointed in how they voted (eg. five Hastings Councillors did a u-turn, reversing their April 2016 votes in favour of divestment on Hastings Borough Council) then let them know! You can find the contact details for your Councilor here: https://democracy.eastsussex.gov.uk/mgFindMember.aspx Continue reading How did your Councillor vote at the 15 October divestment debate?

Five Hastings Councillors do U-turn, as County Council rejects calls to stop funding climate change

Press Release
Divest East Sussex [1]
16 October 2019*
More info: 07596 483 272

FOUR HASTINGS COUNCILLORS DO U-TURN, AS COUNTY COUNCIL REJECTS CALLS TO STOP FUNDING CLIMATE CHANGE
Six Hastings Councillors vote against motion calling on County Council to stop investing in giant oil and gas companies like Exxon and BP

Six Hastings Councillors voted against a motion calling on the County Council to stop funding climate change following a debate an County Hall yesterday (15 October) [2]. Five of these Councillors (Matthew Beaver, Tania Charman, Martin Clarke, Peter Pragnell and Phil Scott) previously voted in favour of such a move when it was voted on in Hastings Borough Council in April 2016 [3]. Hastings Councillor Godfrey Daniel also voted against the motion to divest the Fund from fossil fuels [2]. Continue reading Five Hastings Councillors do U-turn, as County Council rejects calls to stop funding climate change

County Council accused of ‘breathtaking hypocrisy’ over climate votes

Press Release
Divest East Sussex [1]
15 October 2019
More info: 07596 483 272

COUNTY COUNCIL ACCUSED OF ‘BREATHTAKING HYPOCRISY’ OVER CLIMATE VOTES
East Sussex County Council decides to keep funding climate change while declaring a ‘climate emergency’

Tuesday 15 October, County Hall, Lewes: East Sussex County Council has been acccused of ‘breathtaking hypocrisy’ today, after it declared a ‘climate emergency’ while also rejecting calls to stop investing in the giant oil and gas companies that are driving the climate crisis. Continue reading County Council accused of ‘breathtaking hypocrisy’ over climate votes

County Council to debate whether it should stop funding climate change

Press Release
Divest East Sussex [1]
14 October 2019
More info: 07596 483 272

COUNTY COUNCIL TO DEBATE WHETHER IT SHOULD STOP FUNDING CLIMATE CHANGE
Debate to take place tomorrow (15 Oct), alongside anticipated declaration of a ‘climate emergency’

Tuesday 15 October, County Hall, Lewes: As climate change campaigners continue to occupy parts of central London, East Sussex County Council is set to debate a petition tomorrow (15 October) calling on the Council to stop funding climate change through its ongoing investments in fossil fuel (oil, coal & gas) companies [2]. The Council is anticipated to declare a ‘climate emergency’ motion at the same meeting [3]. Continue reading County Council to debate whether it should stop funding climate change

Contact your Councillor about the 15 Oct divestment debate today!

On the 15th October East Sussex County Council (ESCC) will debate whether or not the East Sussex Pension Fund should continue to invest in fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas) – the result of over four years of activism by campaigners across Brighton, Hove and East Sussex. At the same meeting, the Council is also expected to vote to declare a ‘climate emergency’. Clearly, it would be sheer hypocrisy for the County Council to declare a ‘climate emergency’ but to continue funding climate change through the Pension Fund.

Please contact your Councillor today, and urge them to read the latest Divest East Sussex briefing (‘Why East Sussex County Council should divest from fossil fuels’, available online here) and support divestment of the Fund in the debate on 15 October. You can do this using our online webtool here: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/east-sussex-county-council-stop-funding-climate-change (a template text is provided, though please check through the text before you send it!). Alternatively you can find out the name and contact details of your Councillor here: https://democracy.eastsussex.gov.uk/mgFindMember.aspx. A template text to send them is provided at the bottom of this post. Continue reading Contact your Councillor about the 15 Oct divestment debate today!