Divesting from fossil fuel, the price of oil, the profits from fossil fuel, and other climate change aspects of the global economy


Last week 70,000 Friends of the Earth supporters petitioned Barclays Bank to pull out of fracking. They’ve just heard that the chairman of Barclays has told shareholders that they are planning to pull their money out of Third Energy – the company that’s set its sights on fracking Yorkshire.

We’re now in a week of Global Divestment Mobilisation 2017.  Activists for carbon-free public finance are taking to the streets this week from Germany to Brazil, Ghana to Japan. 

The movers and shakers of Barclays Bank are getting together next month for their annual general meeting (AGM).

'Fossil Free Uk' reports that just over 100 UK organisations have now committed to divest away from fossil fuel companies.

'Fossil Free Uk' reports:

"With political unrest around the world and climate impacts intensifying daily, now more than ever we need to stand up to protect our shared environment and be active in shaping a just society.

The divestment movement offers glimmers of hope that when people come together and get organised, we can win victories for justice and climate action. This December:

Just 3 short years ago, Louise Hazan was one of a handful of organisers preparing to board a tour-bus to launch the Fossil Free Europe campaign in the UK, Netherlands and Germany. They had one simple message: if it’s wrong to wreck the climate, it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.

Over 80,000 people right across Europe have joined this movement to divest our public institutions from fossil fuels, by signing petitions, lobbying decision-makers and taking creative actions onto the streets.

How to challenge your pension fund to carry out its legal duty to take account of climate risks, whether you are already drawing your pension or still paying into one, and whether it's a private pension, a company pension scheme or local government pension.

Campaigning to urge business and financial institutions to divest from fossil fuels - is it worthwhile, and how to do it - with links

At ExxonMobil's recent AGM, shareholders rejected all resolutions on climate change, including from the Church of England's investment body. As engagement is not working, Fossil Free now calls on the Church of England to divest from all fossil fuel companies.



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Updated 6 Dec 2017

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Divestment, big business and the economy

This paper on divestment in fossil fuels is authored by David Knight and reflects his personal views and opinions

Divestment is  the selling up of all fossil fuel share holdings.  However it is currently difficult to decide which fuel should have priority for this. Four main reasons have been suggested for divesting from fossil fuels: