According to one recent poll, nearly two-thirds of the British public believe that climate change is “the biggest issue facing mankind”, and over half say that this issue will either “greatly” or “somewhat” influence who they are likely to vote for in a general election.
Burning fossil fuels (oil, coal & gas) is the main driver of climate change. Massive reductions in carbon emissions will be necessary before 2030 if the world’s governments are to follow through on their stated commitment (‘the Paris agreement’) to hold global warming to ‘well below’ 2ºC. In particular, the vast majority of proven reserves of fossil fuels will have to remain in the ground unburnt.
We are therefore contacting all Parliamentary candidates for East Sussex, Brighton and Hove with the following three YES/NO questions:
If you are elected, will you:
(1) Join the 300 current and 30 former MPs from across the political spectrum who have signed the Divest Parliament pledge, which calls on the Trustees of the Parliamentary Pension Fund to “quantify, disclose and review the fund’s investments in carbon-intensive industries, engage in a dialogue with fund members and managers on responsible investment, and commit to phasing out fossil fuel investments over an appropriate time-scale.” (https://gofossilfree.org/uk/divest-parliament)?
(2) Join Brighton & Hove City Council, Hastings Borough Council, Lewes District Council, Lewes Town Council, Maria Caulfield MP (Cons, Lewes), Caroline Lucas (MP, Brighton Pavilion) and UNISON, in supporting the call for East Sussex County Council to divest the East Sussex Pension Fund from fossil fuels (https://bit.ly/36vHcQH)?
(3) Support the phasing out the UK’s subsidies to the fossil fuel industries in line with long-standing pledges to do so by both the G20 and the EU? The UK currently gives £10.5bn in annual subsidies to the fossil fuel industries, significantly more than it spends on renewable energy (https://bit.ly/36uRYql).
We’ll be publicising the responses (and failures to response) shortly, so watch this space …