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Don’t miss the climate change bus!

Don’t miss the climate change bus: make pensions fossil free! This is the message from Divest East Sussex and Fossil Free Hastings. On Saturday 23 September campaigners from across East Sussex will be boarding one of the Big Lemon’s sustainable buses for a one-day tour of the county, taking the message about fossil fuel divestment – and the Divest East Sussex petition – to Hastings, Bexhill, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Seaford, Crowborough, Uckfield and Brighton. Here they explain why.

Come and see campaigners off on the day – and take part in the photo-call, featuring one of the Big Lemon’s sustainable buses. There are still some places left on the bus.

Come and meet the campaign bus in Hastings on Saturday 23 September
Where: on the seafront by Hastings pier
When: 9.15 – 9.45am, Saturday 23 September

“If we want to avoid 2°C, we have very little time left. The public should be very concerned.” So says Adrian Raftery, co-author of the recent scientific paper Less than 2 °C warming by 2100 unlikely, Nature Climate Change, 31 July 2017.

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Hastings people involved with Divest East Sussex

What’s it all about?

We’ve already seen global warming of over 1°C. The resulting climate change is now leading to increasingly severe impacts – from rapidly melting sea-ice at the poles to 50° heatwaves in India and drought in California. The UK is also seeing serious impacts – with increasingly severe flooding in almost every region in the UK in recent years – and it’s going to get much, much worse.

Unless, that is, we take action NOW to ensure that most of the known deposits of fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas) are left in the ground unburnt and replace them with cleaner sources of energy.

Don’t miss the bus on climate change

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) currently has £150m of local people’s pension monies invested in fossil fuels. These investments are a disaster for the climate as well as a financial risk for local people’s pensions.

Hastings Borough Council, Lewes Town Council and Brighton & Hove City Council have all called on ESCC to get rid of these investments (‘divest’).

Sign the Divest East Sussex petition

Add your voice to the calls for divestment by signing the petition to divest the East Sussex Pension Fund and join us on 23 September if you can. Together we can send a strong message to the ESCC that it’s time to move our money away from the problem and into the solutions.

Divest East Sussex: a coalition of groups campaigning to divest the East Sussex Pension Fund from fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas).

 

Posted 10:51 Friday, Sep 8, 2017 In: Energy Wise


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