Divestment Discussion

On Sunday 22nd April, we held an intimate but very engaged discussion around divestment. We were joined by Dr James Smith from Fossil Free Cambridgeshire, who brought us all up to date on what divestment is, how the campaign developed and where we currently are in our progress.

We ended the discussion on what we can all do now, going forwards. It was clear there is a strong need to get out into our communities and talk to our family, colleagues, neighbours and anyone else that may be interested, to help spread the word on divestment.

We will be in Cambridge on Monday next week (8th May 17), engaging with local council workers, and then in Peterborough on Friday (12th May 17) doing the same. If you want to get involved, or have any questions, please do get in touch.

Useful Resources

https://gofossilfree.org/uk/ is the UK campaign group website, full of facts, figures and resources.

The following page lists all the current groups around the country, so if you are not in Cambridgeshire and would like to join your local group, you can search and make contact: https://gofossilfree.org/uk/local-government/

We shared a councillor briefing document that you can send to your councillor, which can be found here: https://gofossilfree.org/uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2016/09/Fossil-Fuel-Divestment_v2-1.pdf

Forward Planning – April 2016

At our April meeting we decided we needed a main project to focus our energy with a clear objective. We started with thoughts around the main purpose of the transition movement, which is to be environmentally sustainable and to reduce CO2 emissions. And so we took up a new project to get the council to divest their pension fund from fossil fuels. After discovering that the pension fund does not sit with the city council, but the county council, we contacted 350.org, an organisation who help with community divestment campaigns. They put us in touch with Fossil Free Cambridgeshire (FFC), who had been running since early 2015 and we now collaborate with FFC on this campaign/project.

Our plan is 2 fold:

  • We would like to see Peterborough City Council sign up to divestment.
  • Work with FFC to get Cambridgeshire County Council Pension Fund Committee to agree to divest from fossil fuels

If you would like to join in with this project, or simply would like to find out more about it, please just come along to our next meeting.