Divest WMPF in the News

We are delighted that coverage of the Coventry Rise for Climate has been featured in the Coventry local press. Thank you to everyone who came and supported the event. We are looking forward to some action from our West Midlands councillors to stop investing in Fracking and Fossil Fuels. Read the story.

Birmingham has voted to divest. Will Coventry be next?

Today at the Rise for Climate event in Coventry it was inspiring to see and hear how people are saying a decisive “No!” to the local government’s decision to invest £490 million of pension money in fossil fuels.

So many people were willing to be photographed and videoed demanding action from Coventry council. It is quite clear: Coventry has had enough. It is time for the council to stop investing in fossil fuels and move the money to companies which are serious about achieving the 2.0 degree Paris Agreement by completely rejecting fossil fuel extaction.

To all the people who attended the event, who gave their time to pitch in and help and stand up for positive action on climate change I want to say a huge thank you. Please get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or at divestwmpf@gmail.com.

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Coventry-Rise for Climate

Join us on Saturday the 8th September for Coventry -Rise for Climate.  2:00 pm-3.30pm ,

https://actionnetwork.org/events/coventry-rise-for-climate

Come along and let the council know you want divestment , take part in a visual opinion poll, create a selfie showing why you back urgent climate action or make a ‘vox pop’ for our video. Join in the action photo at 2.30pm.

(Bring some bubbles if you can or get arty with a home made placard -#rise for climate / #fossil free )

A writing stand will provide the information and everything you need to write to your councillor- then ‘post’ your letter using our ‘nodding donkey’. ( We’ll make sure they are sent)

There will be giant bubbles, Divest Dino ballon modelling and crafts too.

Power Trip

In the fight against climate change Divest WMPF are screening Powertrip: Fracking in the UK, a powerful film that takes you to the frontline of resistance against fracking. The screening is part of a drive to build support in Coventry for the work of Divest WMPF.

Birmingham City Council recently voted unanimously to pull its Pension Fund money out of fossil fuels, thanks to the persuasive power of this campaign group .  The goal now is to build support across the West Midlands and get all six other local authorities to follow suit. If this goal is reached then £490 million of West Midlands Pension Fund money will be divested away from fossil fuels and into local renewable energy schemes, adding to the figure of $6 trillion which has already been divested by institutions across the globe.

Come to the free event, meet the team and join a campaign which is delivering rapid, global progress by striking at the heart of the financial beast!

POWER TRIP: Fracking in the UK
Tuesday, July 17th at 5:45pm – 8.00pm
Coventry Peace House, 311 Stoney Stanton Road, CV6 5DS

Summer Events

Following on from last July’s wonderful Divestment commitment from Birmingham, we contacted all candidates standing for election in May across the 6 remaining areas covered by West Midlands Pension Fund.We asked them to sign a pledge:

“I support the divestment of our local government pension fund from fossil fuels, and reinvestment locally to support transition to a low carbon future”

Over 100 candidates from across the political spectrum signed including both the leader and opposition leader of Dudley Council!

We are moving forward to try to secure further Divestment commitments with a focus on Dudley , Sandwell and Coventry for now.

There are three events coming up in June and July which it would be great to see you at.

  1. We are co-hosting a workshop with Divest Parliament in Stourbridge on Saturday 16th June: https://www.facebook.com/events/639462769719176/
  2. DivestWMPF are holding a meeting in Dudley on the evening of Tuesday 26th June: https://www.facebook.com/events/1985543045107717/
  3. Divest West Midlands are holding a public meeting and film showing of the film Power Trip: Fracking in the UK on Tuesday 17th July at Coventry Peace House: https://www.facebook.com/events/616931898664389/