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The scene in Parliament Square on the occasion of the first strike by school students demanding action to combat global warming.

Schoolkids take note: schools help fund climate change!

As thousands of school students from across the UK prepare to take to the streets on Friday (15 March) to demand urgent action on climate change, Divest East Sussex has discovered that over 40 schools and sixth-form colleges in East Sussex are inadvertently funding global warming through their contributions to the East Sussex Pension Fund (ESPF). Nick Terdre reports.

Members of Divest East Sussex

Divest fossil fuels battle continues

The chair of the East Sussex Pension Committee, Councillor Richard Stogdon, has said that he ‘entirely agrees’ that ‘any encouragement to the fracking industry’ – such as investments in ‘fracking companies’ – ‘should be avoided’, as these are ‘not in the best interest of the Council’s pensioners … [or] residents of East Sussex.’ Cllr Stogdon also stated that the Pension Committee would be ‘looking at strategies for reducing – as far as possible – any investment in coal where we see that’s in the best interests of our pensioners.’ [1] Information sent by Divest East Sussex.

Julia Hilton, second right, helping to hand in a petition in March calling for divestment by the East Sussex Pension Fund.

Julia Hilton selected as Green candidate

The line-up of parliamentary candidates for Hastings and Rye is now complete – unless Ukip against expectation put up a candidate – with Julia Hilton’s selection to represent the Green Party. Nick Terdre reports.

Divestment campaigners hand in their petition to Lewes town council.

Brighton votes on fossil fuel divestment

Brighton and Hove City Council votes tomorrow – Thursday 6 April – on a motion calling on fossil fuel investments held by the East Sussex pension fund to be disposed of. Ahead of the meeting divestment campaigners will demonstrate in support of the motion outside Brighton Town Hall. Nick Terdre reports.

A previous divestment petition was handed in to ESCC in July last year (photo: Divest East Sussex).

Divestment petition for pension committee

Divestment campaigners will step up the pressure on East Sussex County Council to withdraw pension fund investments from fossil fuels by handing in a petition ahead of the pension committee meeting next Monday. Nick Terdre reports.

Members of Fossil Free Hastings pose outside Hastings Weather Station with a copy of the WMO report. The graph shows global temperature changes since 1880 (photo: FFH).

Divestment advice for pension committee

Divestment campaigners from Hastings and elsewhere in East Sussex stepped up their campaign to persuade the East Sussex Pension Committee to switch funds out of fossil fuels by sending the latest findings of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) to committee chairman, Richard Stogden. Nick Terdre reports.

Members of organisations from East Sussex and across the UK at the first UK-wide gathering of fossil fuel divestment campaigners

Hastings links with UK divestment campaign

Campaigners from Hastings and East Sussex joined fellow activists from across the UK in Herefordshire last weekend for the first UK-wide gathering of fossil fuel divestment groups. Nick Terdre reports.

Campaigners deliver the brochure to Forest Row Parish Council.

Tools launched for fossil fuel divestment

Campaigners from around East Sussex have launched a new brochure and web tool to help members of the East Sussex Pension Fund (ESPF) lobby the county council to reinvest the £172 million it currently has invested in the coal, oil and gas industries. Fossil Free Hastings reports.

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