Don’t miss the bus on climate change: make pensions fossil free!

On Saturday 23 September campaigners from across East Sussex will be boarding one of the Big Lemon’s sustainable buses for a one-day tour of East Sussex, taking the message about fossil fuel divestment – and the Divest East Sussex petition – to Hastings, Bexhill, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Seaford, Crowborough, Uckfield and Brighton.
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County Council recognises threat to local pensions posed by coal & fracking investments

Press release
Divest East Sussex [1]
13 July 2017

COUNTY COUNCIL RECOGNISES THREAT TO LOCAL PENSIONS POSED BY COAL & FRACKING INVESTMENTS

Tuesday 11 July, County Hall, Lewes: The chair of the East Sussex Pension Committee, Councillor Richard Stogdon, has said that he ‘entirely agrees’ that ‘any encouragement to the fracking industry’ – such as investments in ‘fracking companies’ – ‘should be avoided’, as these are ‘not in the best interest of the Council’s pensioners … [or] residents of East Sussex.’ Cllr Stogdon also stated that the Pension Committee would be ‘looking at strategies for reducing – as far as possible – any investment in coal where we see that’s in the best interests of our pensioners.’ [2] Continue reading County Council recognises threat to local pensions posed by coal & fracking investments

Campaigners welcome UNISON decision to back fossil fuel divestment

CAMPAIGNERS WELCOME UNISON DECISION TO BACK FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT
Hastings and Eastbourne branch played crucial role in decision to ditch investments that are putting
workers’ pensions ‘at risk’

East Sussex residents who have been campaigning to persuade the County Council to ditch the £150m worth of local people’s pension monies that it currently has invested in fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas) [2], have welcomed the passing of a motion at UNISON’s national conference, committing the union to “seek divestment of Local Government Pension Schemes from fossil fuels” [3].
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Campaigners make case for ditching fossil fuel investments

CAMPAIGNERS MAKE CASE FOR DITCHING OIL, COAL & GAS INVESTMENTS AT  EAST SUSSEX PENSION FUND EVENT
Relying on “engagement” with fossil fuel companies a massive gamble, event told

Tuesday 13 June, County Hall, Lewes: Divest East Sussex made a 20-minute presentation, making the case for the East Sussex Pension Fund to ditch its investments in the oil, coal and gas industries, at a training day for the East Sussex Pension Committee at County Hall in Lewes today (13 June).

Making the presentation on behalf of Divest East Sussex, Rachel Crossley – a former World Bank employee with 25 years experience in international development, sustainable finance and asset management [2] – outlined the substantial financial risks posed to the Pension Fund by its continued investment in fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas). She also explained why the Fund’s current policy of “engagement” (ie. lobbying fossil fuel companies to change their practices) cannot address these risks. Getting rid of such investments (divestment) was the “responsible and prudent” thing to do, she argued, noting that hundreds of other institutions across the globe – including two local pension funds here in the UK – have already taken such action. Continue reading Campaigners make case for ditching fossil fuel investments

County Council to consider impact of new climate laws on Pension Fund

Press release
Divest East Sussex [1]
23 May 2017

COUNTY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER IMPACT OF NEW CLIMATE LAWS ON PENSION FUND
East Sussex Pension Committee acknowledges duty to consider long-term risks, as 1,662 residents petition Council to stop investing local people’s pensions in oil, coal and gas industries.

23 May 2017, County Hall, Lewes: The East Sussex Pension Committee will consider whether or not it will be able to successfully anticipate any sudden sudden loss in the value of its investments in fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas) as a result of future climate change legislation, the chair of the Committee, Cllr Richard Stogdon declared this morning [2]. The declaration followed the latest hand-in of signatures of the petition to Divest the East Sussex Pension Fund from fossil fuels, which has now been signed by over 1,660 people from across the County [3]. Continue reading County Council to consider impact of new climate laws on Pension Fund

East Sussex Campaigners join global week of actions against fossil fuel companies

Press release
Divest East Sussex [1]
16 May 2017

EAST SUSSEX CAMPAIGNERS JOIN GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTIONS AGAINST FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES
Actions in Brighton, Hastings & Forest Row part of 260 actions in 45 countries

5 – 13 May 2017, Brighton, Hastings & Forest Row: Campaigners from across East Sussex took part in a global week of action against the fossil fuel industries (oil, coal and gas) last week, with events in Hastings, Brighton and Forest Row.

In total over 260 actions took place in 45 countries around the world [2]. Continue reading East Sussex Campaigners join global week of actions against fossil fuel companies

Jazz Band Funeral Parade for Fossil Fuels in Hastings Old Town on Sat 13 May

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE START TIME FOR THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED TO 1PM

Assemble 1pm, Saturday 13 May
Butlers Gap (aka ‘The Giant Chessboard’), George Street, Hastings Old Town

Organised by Don’t Frack With Sussex and Fossil Free Hastings
Part of the Global Divestment Mobilisation

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/761573160681322/

Fossil fuel (oil, coal & gas) companies have been driving the climate crisis and delaying action on climate change for decades. Join us in Hastings Old Town on Saturday 13 May for a carnivalesque, New Orleans marching jazz band funeral parade for these companies, to demand that East Sussex County Council stops investing local people’s pensions in these damaging and financially risky fuels. After all, it’s the fossil fuel companies funeral or ours!

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Brighton Council calls for East Sussex Pension Fund to ditch fossil fuels

Divestment campaigners outside Brighton Town Hall, 6 April 2017

BRIGHTON COUNCIL CALLS FOR EAST SUSSEX PENSION FUND TO DITCH FOSSIL FUELS

Thursday 6 April 2017, Brighton Town Hall: Brighton and Hove City Councillors have passed a motion tonight, calling on East Sussex County Council to divest the East Sussex Pension Fund from fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas) [2]. The Fund – which is administered by the County Council and holds the pensions for a wide range of organisations from across East Sussex – is estimated to have over £150m invested in the fossil fuels [3]. Continue reading Brighton Council calls for East Sussex Pension Fund to ditch fossil fuels

Brighton & Hove City Council divestment motion tabled – contact your Councillor now and join the demo on 6 April

Next Thursday (6 April), Brighton and Hove City Council will be voting on a fossil fuels divestment motion tabled by two Labour and Cooperative Group Councillors (Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Kevin Allen).

If it passes, Brighton and Hove City Council would become the third institutional member of the Pension Fund to call on East Sussex County Council to divest the East Sussex Pension Fund from fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas).

Hastings Borough Council passed a similar motion in April 2016, and Lewes Town Council followed suit earlier this month.The Fund has an estimated £172m of local people’s pensions invested in fossil fuels.

Please take action to support this motion:

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