Petition hand-in should trigger debate on County Council’s role in funding climate change

Press Release
Divest East Sussex [1]
17 September 2019

PETITION HAND-IN SHOULD TRIGGER DEBATE ON COUNTY COUNCIL’S ROLE IN FUNDING CLIMATE CHANGE
Debate should take place on 15 October alongside ‘climate emergency’ vote

Monday 16 September, County Hall, Lewes: A petition calling on the County Council to stop funding climate change was handed-in at County Hall yesterday [1]. The 5,300 signatures on the ‘Divest East Sussex’ petition should be enough to trigger a debate on the issue at the next Full Council meeting on 15 October – the same meeting at which the County Council is anticipated to vote on a ‘climate emergency’ motion [2]. Continue reading Petition hand-in should trigger debate on County Council’s role in funding climate change

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Help needed in Bexhill this Sunday (18 August)!

Join us in Bexhill this Sunday (18 August) to help deliver leaflets to the 5,500 households in East Sussex County Councillor Simon Elford’s division (Bexhill South), calling on him to become a climate champion and agree to stop using local people’s money to fund climate change. Continue reading Help needed in Bexhill this Sunday (18 August)!

St Leonards church to join Easter Declaration for Fossil Free Churches

Press release
Divest East Sussex [1]
16 April 2019

LOCAL CHURCH JOINS EASTER DECLARATION FOR FOSSIL FREE CHURCHES
St Leonards church backs end to investments in oil, coal and gas, recognising ‘the urgency of the need to shift from fossil fuels to clean alternatives’

23 April 2019, St Leonards: A church in St Leonards (St John the Evangelist, Pevensey Road [2]) is joining churches around the UK next week in an Easter declaration in support of the ditching of investments in fossil fuel companies (so-called ‘divestment’) [2]. Burning fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas) is the main driver of global warming [3], with the UN warning last year that rapid and drastic cuts in fossil use are necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change [4]. Continue reading St Leonards church to join Easter Declaration for Fossil Free Churches

Revealed: East Sussex schools funding climate change through local pension scheme

Press release
Divest East Sussex [1]
12 March 2019

REVEALED: EAST SUSSEX SCHOOLS FUNDING CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH LOCAL PENSION SCHEME
As pupils ready for climate strike, call for schools to back divestment from fossil fuels

12 March 2019, East Sussex: As thousands of school students from across the UK prepare to take to the streets this Friday (15 March) to demand urgent action on climate change [2], a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed that over forty schools and and sixth-form colleges in East Sussex are inadvertently funding global warming through their contributions to the Local Government Pension Scheme, the East Sussex Pension Fund (ESPF). Continue reading Revealed: East Sussex schools funding climate change through local pension scheme

East Sussex residents deliver UN climate report to County Council

Press release
Divest East Sussex [1]
17 October 2018

EAST SUSSEX RESIDENTS DELIVER UN CLIMATE REPORT TO COUNTY COUNCIL
Document should be a wake-up call for East Sussex Pension Fund, say campaigners

16 October, County Hall, Lewes: Members of local campaign group Divest East Sussex delivered the latest UN report on climate change to a meeting of East Sussex County Council yesterday, saying that it should be a wake-up call for the East Sussex Pension Fund to ditch its investments in the fossil fuel (oil, coal & gas) industries.

Published last week, ‘Global Warming of 1.5 °C’ concluded that “limiting global warming to 1.5C, compared with 2 °C, could reduce the number of people both exposed to climate-related risks and susceptible to poverty by up to several hundred million by 2050” [2], but the window for doing this and thereby avoiding the worst impacts of climate change is rapidly closing. Continue reading East Sussex residents deliver UN climate report to County Council

East Sussex residents join global call for “fast and fair” transition from fossil fuels

#RiseforClimate photocall in Hastings UK, 8 September 2018. We have 3,000 signatures but need 5,000 to force a debate on divestment at County Hall in Lewes: https://tinyurl.com/esccdivest

Press release
Divest East Sussex [1]
9 September 2018

EAST SUSSEX RESIDENTS JOIN GLOBAL CALL FOR “FAIR AND FAST TRANSITION TO A WORLD WITHOUT FOSSIL FUELS”
Locals call for end to County Council investment in oil, coal & gas, and global push for renewables

Saturday 8 September 2018: Members of the public from across East Sussex took part in a global day of action on climate change yesterday (Saturday 8 September) with a photocall and petition-drive on Hastings sea front.

An estimated 250,000 people took part in thousands of actions in 90 countries across the world, from Papua New Guinea to Panama, as part of Rise for Climate, a day of action calling for a fast and fair transition to a world without fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas) and 100% renewable energy for all [2].

Continue reading East Sussex residents join global call for “fast and fair” transition from fossil fuels

Join the Rise for Climate global day of action on Saturday 8 September!

On Saturday 8 September, as the effects of climate change become ever more apparent, people across the world will be taking action to demand for a fast and fair transition to a world free from fossil fuels with 100% renewable energy for call.

In Hastings, members of Fossil Free Hastings will be gathering for a divestment-related photo call, followed by a petition-drive for the Divest East Sussex petition. We almost have 3,000 signatures. Help us reach 5,000 and force a County Council debate @ the County Hall in Lewes.

Join us! We’ll be assembling at 12 noon (Saturday 8 September) by the gates of Hastings Pier.

For more info call 07596 483 272.

County Council says it will “eliminate” investments in fossil fuel companies who do not respond to “engagement”

Press release
Divest East Sussex [1]
5 December 2017

COUNTY COUNCIL SAYS IT WILL “ELIMINATE” INVESTMENTS IN FOSSIL COMPANIES WHO DO NOT RESPOND TO “ENGAGEMENT”
Urgent need for action on investments in BP and Exxon pressed by public at County Council meeting

5 December 2017, County Hall, Lewes: The East Sussex Pension Fund will “eliminate” investments in fossil fuel companies that do not respond appropriately to its current strategy of “engagement”, the Chair of the East Sussex Pension Committee, Councillor Richard Stogdon, told the Full Council meeting of East Sussex County Council (ESCC) this Tuesday (5 December) [2].

Eleven members of the public from across East Sussex attended Tuesday’s meeting to ask questions about the Council’s continued investments in giant oil and gas companies like BP and Exxon. Continue reading County Council says it will “eliminate” investments in fossil fuel companies who do not respond to “engagement”

Cross-party statement calls on East Sussex County Council to stop investing in fossil fuels

Press release
Divest East Sussex [1]
9 November 2017

CROSS-PARTY STATEMENT CALLS ON EAST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL TO STOP INVESTING IN FOSSIL FUELS
As international climate talks start in Bonn, new report shows that councils across the UK are investing more than £16 billion in companies like BP and Exxon

9 November 2017: As international climate take place in Bonn [2], campaigners have released a statement signed by 24 local councillors from across East Sussex calling on East Sussex County Council (ESCC) to stop investing local people’s pensions in fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas). The statement, which has been signed by Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green Councillors, as well by Independents, welcomes ‘the recent unanimous cross-party decision by Labour and Conservative Councillors on the Waltham Forest Pension Fund Committee to completely divest the £735 million Waltham Forest Pension Fund of its investments in fossil fuel industries’ and calls on ESCC to ‘divest local people’s pensions from these dirty, damaging and financially risky industries.’ [3] Continue reading Cross-party statement calls on East Sussex County Council to stop investing in fossil fuels

Oil industry should ‘put itself on a pathway of “managed decline”‘ – County Council

OIL INDUSTRY SHOULD ‘PUT ITSELF ON A PATHWAY OF “MANAGED DECLINE”‘ – COUNTY COUNCIL
Campaigners hand-in over 2800 signatures calling for County Council to divest local people’s pensions from fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas)

17 October, County Hall, Lewes: East Sussex County Council has stated that it is ‘in the best interest’ of members of the Local Government Pension Scheme for ‘the entire oil industry to put itself on a pathway of “managed decline”‘ [2]. The assertion was made at yesterday’s Full Council meeting, which took place after the hand-in of a petition, containing 2873 signatures, calling on the County Council to divest local people’s pensions from fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas) [3]. Continue reading Oil industry should ‘put itself on a pathway of “managed decline”‘ – County Council