Christians keep up pressure on fossil fuels divestment

By staff writers
December 8, 2014

Campaigners gathered yesterday (7 December) outside the Methodist Central Hall to perform a ‘Fossil Free Nativity’ and call on the Methodist Church and the Church of England to divest from fossil fuels.

Participants from Christian Climate Action and Divest London dressed up as wise men, shepherds, angels and characters from the Nativity and sang carols linked to environmental concerns.

Following on from the divestment party outside St Paul’s on 25 October 2014, campaigners are calling on the Methodist Church and the Church of England to follow the Church of Sweden and the World Council of Churches, who announced that they would be divesting from fossil fuels earlier in the year.

Minister Daniel Woodhouse from the Methodist diocese of Methodist Headingly and West Circuit commented: "I am committed to the Christian faith and the Methodist Church and the role they can play as an active force for good in the world.

"The Church has a proud honourable tradition of standing up for those who are voiceless – Methodists have been leaders in many social issues like prison reform and abolitionism. Now, we need to be leaders in our response to the threat of climate change and the impacts it will have on the poorest and most vulnerable across the world. The Church must stop investing in fossil fuel companies immediately as part of its ethical investments policy."

Holly Peterson from Christian Climate Action added: "The institutional Church has one of the strongest moral voices in the country and it needs to be on the right side of history when it comes to taking action on climate change.

"Fossil fuel companies cannot continue with ‘business as usual’ if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change. If these Churches say they believe in ethical investment and care about the impacts of climate change on both people and planet and yet still invest in fossil fuels, they are not practising what they preach.

"So, we are calling on the Methodist Church and the Church of England to move their investments, show courageous leadership and action, sending a signal that the continued extraction of fossil fuels is no longer morally acceptable."

* Christian Climate Action: https://www.facebook.com/christianclimateaction

* More on Advent 'alterNATIVITY' from Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/advent

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