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Dioceses’ Responses to DeSmog Analysis of Church Investments in Fossil Fuels

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Here are the full statements from dioceses in response to our analysis of their fossil fuel investments. All dioceses included in the analysis were approached for comment. 

Church of England Dioceses Investments in Fossil Fuels: Methodology

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For the investigation, DeSmog contacted all 42 dioceses to request information on how much they invest in fossil fuel companies, which investment managers they use and which funds specifically they are invested in. Eight dioceses responded with this information. 

Revealed: Regional Church Bodies Have £18 Million Invested in Fossil Fuels

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Churches are increasingly vocal and progressive actors on climate justice. Yet regional groups of churches in the UK still have almost £18 million invested in fossil fuel companies, a DeSmog investigation co-published with New Internationalist can reveal.

In 2018 the Church of England’s national governing body, the General Synod, voted to divest from all oil and gas companies that are not on track to meet the Paris Agreement targets by 2023, with divestment starting in 2020. Yet it still has an estimated £123 million invested in polluting energy companies through the national Church Commissioners' fund. 

Church of England Fund Drops Remaining Fossil Fuel Investments

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One of the Church of England’s three investing bodies has quietly sold its last remaining shares in fossil fuels, worth an estimated £8.4 million, DeSmog UK has learned.

CCLA, a leading fund manager which invests on behalf of charities including Anglican dioceses, said it had dropped its investments in oil giants Shell and Total earlier in the year for financial reasons. 

March for Women Highlights Need for Climate Justice and Gender Equality

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What’s the point of gender justice if you don’t have a world in which to live?”, asks Dr Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, and granddaughter of women’s rights campaigner Sylvia Pankhurst. “We need both gender equality and climate justice together. I don’t think you can get climate justice without a gendered lens.”

Wet weather didn’t deter hundreds of protesters from joining Pankhurst, as well as Game of Thrones actor Natalie Dormer, singer-songwriter Emeli Sande, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Sunday in London for the annual March4Women. The event was organised by Care international, for which Pankhurst is an advisor, with the march this year focused on gender inequality and climate justice. 

'Unfit for Purpose': Students Seek to Take Climate Education Into Their Own Hands

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School strikers for climate

Students are today taking their education into their own hands and launching a climate emergency education bill in parliament, to call for rapid education reform and with the hopes of gaining support from MPs.

Their calls contrast starkly with similar bills introduced by Conservative MP Christopher Chope, who was one of only five MPs to vote against the UK’s Climate Change Act.

New BP CEO Ends 'Greenwashing' Ad Campaign

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BP’s new CEO Bernard Looney made a big announcement this week, saying he wants to “reinvent” the company and ensure it has “net-zero” carbon emissions by 2050.   

But alongside such headline-grabbing statements about the company’s future was a little-noticed change with more immediate impact – that the company will cease its “Possibilities Everywhere” advertising campaign.

Activists Occupy British Museum Calling for End to BP Sponsorship

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BP trojan horse logo

Activists from theatrical protest group BP or not BP occupied the British Museum overnight in protest of the fossil fuel company’s sponsorship. 

The protest titled ‘BP Must Fall’ began the day before, when activists dressed as warriors with BP’s logo emblazoned on shields, snuck a giant wooden trojan horse through the museum gates and parked it in front of the main entrance. 

Feature | Seeking Solace in 40 Slides of Climate Science Denial

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Benny Peiser presentation in Totnes

It was an evening plagued by powerpoint problems and empty seats for the director of the UK’s leading climate science denial campaign group, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), who had for one night ventured far from the organisation's offices in Westminster's Tufton Street to the small Devon town of Totnes.

For a group that boasts numerous high-profile Westminster connections — including its founder Lord Nigel Lawson, hereditary peer Matt Ridley, and multiple major Conservative party donors — its real-world impact seemed distinctly underwhelming. 

Greenwash Database: Tracking Big Oil in Small Communities

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Over the past two years, major oil companies in the UK have sponsored over 100 community activities, educational awards, and local events, DeSmog UK can reveal.

This allows the firms to greenwash their image and cheaply purchase a social license to operate within the communities.

DeSmog UK’s new database, launched today, tracks fossil fuel companies’ involvement in local communities through funding and sponsorship. It includes local level and educational sponsorship deals from five of the most prominent fossil fuel companies operating in the UK: BP, Shell, Exxon, Total, and Chevron.