Here are the videos of our protest on Monday 4th Dec 2017, when ‘Pope Francis’ and ‘Martin Luther’ visited BEIS.
Christian Climate Action member Reggie Norton writes in the Universe. See Operation Noah’s web site for Reggie’s original version.
We travelled around the Midlands yesterday, praying at potential fracking sites:
On Tuesday 22nd August, members of Christian Climate Action drove to sites in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to publicly pray against local plans to explore for oil and gas.
Members of the local community were grateful for their presence.
‘I hope it works – we have been praying since January!’ said a passing driver as the group stopped to pray at a site in Marsh Lane, the first site in Derbyshire that has submitted a planning application.
At Tinker Lane, the second site in Nottinghamshire that has been granted planning permission for an exploratory well, the group met a member of the local opposition group.
The final stop was Shirebrook Woods – a Forestry Commission-managed part of Sherwood Forest.
‘Surrounded by beautiful countryside, it was easy to give thanks and praise for God’s creation,’ said Christian Climate Action’s Ruth Jarman. ‘But it was hard to imagine a 60m high drilling rig towering over the fields and forests, a symbol of the utter folly of continuing to explore for more oil and gas when we must leave 90% of all known reserves in the ground to maintain abundant life on earth as we know it. It felt right to be here. We prayed for strength and perseverance for the local opposition groups and for repentance and conversion of people in the gas companies and government, and all of us, as we seek to learn to live within our means in God’s earth.’
On Tuesday August 22nd, CCA will be in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to pray at a few potential fracking sites. We are hoping to visit Marsh Lane, Retford and Shirebrook.
Here is our itinerary. But please do text us if you plan to join us in case things change.
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Photo credit: Lawrence Holmes, Flickr
BBC South Today filmed the whole day and they have kindly let us have their film.
Grandparents for a Safe Earth also made this video.
PRESS RELEASE 1st JUNE
FIRST EVER CLIMATE CHANGE DEMO OUTSIDE EXXONMOBIL FAWLEY REFINERY CALLS ON CHURCH TO DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS
Yesterday, the day of ExxonMobil’s AGM, a coalition of faith and non-faith groups staged events to call for the Church of England to divest from the company.
Early in the morning, demonstrators gathered outside Fawley refinery, handing leaflets to staff as they entered. Then at 4pm, faith and non-faith groups held a vigil outside Salisbury Cathedral before delivering a letter into the office of the Bishop of Salisbury, the lead bishop for Environmental Affairs in the Church of England, requesting that the Church divests from ExxonMobil.
Hours before the passing of a resolution on climate change at ExxonMobil’s AGM in Houston – put forward by a group of institutional investors, including the Church of England – campaigners called on the Church to sell its shares in the company whatever the outcome of the vote.
Time to Cycle lead a bike ride through the New Forest between the two locations.
Ruth Jarman, a member of the Church of England said, ‘When the Church should be showing moral leadership to protect the millions of lives devastated every year by climate change, they’re being taken for a ride by the very company causing the problem. By continuing to hope that ExxonMobil is going to change its stripes, the Church of England is buying cover for one of the most notorious companies blocking action on climate change, including funding climate denying politicians and fake science.
‘The Church of England needs to wake up, follow the example of hundreds of other faith leaders around the world and cut its ties with these companies. The church should be filling the moral void created by these companies, not falling into it.’
Sigurd Reimers, of Grandparents for a Safe Earth, said, ‘Shareholder engagement is often an excellent way to make a company more ethical. But it takes time. And we don’t have time. This resolution is a ‘step zero’ in the task of fixing ExxonMobil. It is simply asking ExxonMobil to disclose the effect of climate change on its business when we should be asking the exact opposite – for it to disclose the effect of its business on climate change. And to act on that information.’
Alison Craig, of the Salisbury Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign, said, ‘The passing of the resolution at the AGM is a dangerous distraction. It merely asks the company to disclose financial figures that have nothing whatsoever to do with cleaning-up their business. In the meantime, the Church will continue to make money out of causing climate change. This is wrong. The Church of England needs to get out of oil and gas, starting with ExxonMobil.’
Notes to editors
10.The fossil fuel divestment movement saw its beginnings in North America, Europe and Australia and has since become the fastest growing divestment movement in history. Global commitments to divest have already reached 710 institutions across 76 countries, representing well over US$5.5 trillion in assets under management.
And Exxon very kindly put up a fence for our banner:
From Mr Phil Kingston
Sir, — A minor misprint in the caption to Christian Climate Action’s protest against the Church of England’s engagement with the fossil-fuel industry (News, 12 May) states that we think that there is not enough time to prevent runaway climate change, implying that there is nothing that can be done.
What we said in our statement was that there was not enough time for engagement (that is, trying to influence the fossil-fuel industry by holding shares in it) to prevent runaway climate change.
The work of Carbon Brief shows that the world has just four years of current fossil-fuel use before we exceed the carbon budget required for the Paris target of 1.5°, and uncontrollable temperature-escalation becomes more likely. There is simply not time for the slow and carefully managed transition for which engagement aims.
Although there are ample reasons to give up on this particular planet, we pray that God has not, and choose to have a hopeful view of the future, which requires such a rapid transition away from fossil fuels that disinvestment and non-violent resistance must play a part.
Even if there is no chance of averting climate chaos, we do not believe it to be within the mission of the Church to profit from the demise of civilised life on earth. Either way, it seems to us that the only moral position for the Church is an immediate commitment to disinvesting from all fossil fuels, and to investing, instead, in clean energy and other sustainable solutions.
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There are now photos, video and a press release about this event.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by the atrocity in Manchester this week. Climate change can only exacerbate some of the main causes of terrorism – one response to Monday night is to continue to fight for a stable climate.
A coalition* of faith and non-faith groups are joining together to call for the Church of England to divest from ExxonMobil on Wed 31st May.
Join us for a pick-and-mix day of banner holding, leafleting, cycling and contemplation! There are three activities:
2. Time to Cycle bike ride between the two venues (optional). Meet in the field next to Fawley Church SO45 1SQ. Leaving at 9.30am. Please alert all keen cyclists in your area! Cycling route maps will be organised. We are hoping to have a cycling support vehicle available. Trains home accessible from Salisbury Railway Station.
3. Divest Exxon Vigil outside Salisbury Cathedral. Meet at 4pm outside the High Street (north) entrance to the Cathedral Close. Vigil for all faiths and none, probably one hour. A letter requesting that the Church of England divests from ExxonMobil will be handed to the office of the Bishop of Salisbury, the lead bishop for Environmental Affairs in the Church of England.
In our opinion Exxon is an unethical company. There is evidence they covered up their early knowledge of climate change and they are currently under investigation by the Attorney Generals of several US states. There is evidence they have been funding climate denial organisations for decades. They are giving every indication they intend to continue extracting fossil fuels beyond the earth’s internationally agreed safety limit of max 2 degrees warming.
Fawley is the only ExxonMobil refinery in the UK, and is the largest and most complex in Europe.
Why 31st May?
We picked Wed 31st May, because this is the date of the ExxonMobil AGM in Houston, USA. At this AGM, a coalition of investors, including the Church of England, will be pressing the company to disclose the extent to which global action to tackle climate change will negatively impact the company’s future earnings.
Shareholder engagement is often an excellent way to make a company more ethical. But it takes time. And we don’t have time. And this resolution is a ‘step zero’ in the task of fixing Exxon. It is simply asking Exxon to disclose the effect of climate change on its business when we should be asking the exact opposite – for it to disclose the effect of its business on climate change. And to act on that information. The current resolution, with its focus on finance and taking the most minor of steps possible in this race against time is participating in the lie that the science going on in our atmosphere will wait around until we can be bothered to fix it. In these post-truth times, we think that the Church needs to stand up for truth and beware of being used to add colour and shine to the image of these companies whose business plans are set to destroy Earth’s ability to sustain life as we know it. The resolution is a distraction. The Church of England needs to get out of oil and gas, starting with Exxon. If the motion is defeated, they must divest from Exxon. If the motion goes through, they must divest from Exxon.
Why the Church of England?
The Church of England says it is an ethical investor, and has divested from some coal and tar sands. But it still has millions invested in Exxon.
The vigil will express support for a recent divestment decision that may have been influenced by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the letter to the Church Times by 3 bishops and 27 other clergy on 5/5/17 on why the church pensions board should divest from fossil fuels.
If you agree that good people’s money should not be invested in a bad company, please join us for one of, or all of our Divest Exxon Day! Hoping to see you there. This is, politically, a cross-party event. Like-minded groups welcome. Musicians welcome. Coffee, tea, butties and cake especially welcome!
Please drum up as much support for this as you can. We want – we need – divestment.
Whether or not you make it, if you would like to register your support for the Church of England to divest from fossil fuels, there is a petition here.
For more information, email email@example.com .
*The coalition includes 350.org, Christian Climate Action, Fossil Free UK, Grandparents for a Safe Earth, Salisbury Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign, Salisbury Greenpeace, Time to Cycle, Wessex Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement.