United Reformed Church (URC) among faith institutions announcing fossil fuel divestment

by CWM

Date: December 19, 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The global fossil divestment movement reached a milestone in September, coming from institutions with $11 trillion in assets, according to a joint press release by the Global Catholic Climate Movement, Operation Noah, Green Anglicans and GreenFaith. This came after an announcement made by a coalition of diverse faith institutions – which makes up the largest constituency in the global divestment movement – during the Financing the Future summit in September, which focused on accelerating investment in a clean economy.

The announcement included United Reformed Church (URC) in the UK, St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh, the URC Synod of Wessex, UK, the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa, Caritas agencies in Singapore, Italy, Australia and Norway, and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

The Rev Nigel Uden and Derek Estill, Moderators of the URC General Assembly, said: “Fossil fuel divestment is a practical way in which the United Reformed Church is responding to the climate emergency. We are taking this step in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world who are most affected by the climate crisis, despite having done the least to cause it. Therefore, it is only right that we actively move to support renewable sources of energy instead.”

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