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:
(1) If you live in Brighton then please contact your Councillor, and urge them to support the motion. You can find a full list of Councillors here (just click on their name to find out their email) and template letters to send to the Councillors here:
- template letter for Labour and Independent Councillors
- template letter for Conservative Councillors
- template letter for Green Councillors
If you don’t already know the name of your ward then you can use this site to find out (you’ll need to have your postcode handy). You can then click here to find the names and contact details of your Councillors. Ideally, it’s best to send them a (snail mail) letter through the postal system, as this will have more impact, but if you can’t do that (and there’s not much time to do this!) then please make sure to email them. Councillors contact details can be found via the aforementioned web-site (just click on the Councillor whose contact details you want to bring this information up).
(B) A demonstration in support of the motion will also be taking place between 4 – 4.30pm on Thursday 6 April outside Brighton Town Hall (Bartholomew Square, BN1 1JA). If you can make it then please come along and support this and then attend the vote in the Council chambers immediately afterwards (Warning: the divestment motion is towards the end of the agenda, so we may be there for a while!). A large public attendance should help to concentrate the minds of the Councillors!
This event lives here on Facebook, so please help spread the word!