‘We are approaching a decisive moment … Th[e] gap between rhetoric and action needs to close if we are to have a fighting chance of reaching net zero by 2050 and limiting the rise of global temperatures to 1.5°C’ – Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency
We need YOUR* help to tell East Sussex County Council (ESCC) it needs to close its ‘gap between rhetoric and action’ on climate change: it’s time to divest from fossil fuels!
Please take 2 mins to email the question below to ESCC by 4pm on Thursday 15 July – full details below.
* Residents of East Sussex, Brighton and Hove – ESCC runs *your* Local Government Pension Scheme.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
To keep the pressure up, we need as many people as possible to email them the question below. Though they often fail to answer questions they have to respond and include both your question and their response in their minutes. And their repeated failure to provide answers to your questions is even beginning to generate local media coverage.
Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm on Thursday 15 July (their deadline), with the subject line ‘My question for the 23 July 2021 Full Council meeting’.
‘Whether an individual company or sector is currently on track for 1.5 or 2 degrees [of global warming] is not a direct determining factor for investment by the Fund’ – East Sussex Pension Committee chair, Cllr Gerard Fox, 1 December 2020 [see here, endnote 8]
Please note that they’ll only accept your question if you include your address and phone number, but they *won’t* include these in their minutes.
Please also CC. your email to email@example.com so that we know how many questions have been submitted and can use this in our presswork.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s May 2021 ‘roadmap for the global energy sector’ we are now ‘approaching a decisive moment for international efforts to tackle the climate crisis’ in which the ‘gap between rhetoric and action needs to close if we are to have a fighting chance of reaching net zero by 2050 and limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5°C’ (https://www.iea.org/reports/net-zero-by-2050).
In particular, ‘there can be no new investments in oil, gas and coal, from now – from this year’ (IEA Executive Director, Fatih Birol).
In the light of the IEA report, will the East Sussex Pension Fund now publicly commit to divesting from those oil companies – such as Shell and BP – that still plan to invest in new oil and gas fields after 2021?