Global Divestment Mobilisation is underway! We’ve already seen loads of exciting actions and events happening across the UK and the world, check out these daily updates for a flavour of the fun… To refresh the page with latest updates click here.
Monday 8th May
On Monday, exactly one month ahead of the General Election, the Divest Parliament campaign announced that 50 MPs and ex-MPs have now signed onto the divestment pledge! Check out this coverage for the announcement in the Guardian, and share the good news on Facebook and Twitter.
Meanwhile, divestment campaigners across the country have been out in force – hitting the streets and mobilising in their communities. Fossil Free Cambridgeshire, for example, have been talking to council workers across the county, building support for their campaign.
Saturday 6th May
Saturday saw divestment actions happening across the country – from Sheffield to Reading, Brighton to Leicester. In Bradford, Fossil Free West Yorkshire organised a divestment flash mob at the council offices and announced that the West Yorkshire pension fund has taken exciting first steps towards going fossil free.
Friday 5th May
Global Divestment Mobilisation kicked off in the UK with an action at a proposed fracking site in Lancashire. People affected by Cuadrilla’s plans to frack in the area came together to highlight the destruction effects of fossil fuel extraction, and call for divestment. Elsewhere in the UK, people took action at Barclays branches to highlight their investments in Yorkshire fracking company, Third Energy.
“Living in Lancashire, we see first-hand how fracking affects our community, and we’re worried about the impacts of noise, air and water pollution on our farming, tourism and health… It is very disappointing to see trusted institutions like universities and local councils keep on investing in companies causing harm to our community, and others across the world.” – Nick Danby, Lancashire resident
On Friday, it was also announced that more than a quarter of local Quaker meetings have voted to divest from fossil fuels, joining the national Quaker organisation who were the first UK institution to go fossil free. Share the good news on Twitter and Facebook.