Church of Scotland Youth Assembly urges action on climate change

By agency reporter
August 18, 2015

A call for the Church of Scotland to partially divest from fossil fuels has been made by the National Youth Assembly at its gathering over the weekend of 15-16 August.

Partial divestment would involve looking carefully at any investments the church is making in oil and gas industries and deciding which of those investments are in line with the Church's ethical perspective on climate change.

In a vote taken on Sunday, a majority of the youth delegates backed partial divestment. After a full afternoon spent discussing the impact of climate change with an expert panel, 27 delegates voted for partial divestment, 7 voted against and 13 abstained.

The Youth Assembly heard from a panel made up of: John Sturrock of the 2020 Climate group; Tom Ballantine of Climate Chaos Scotland; Jon Cape, an entrepreneur and CEO of iPower; Valerie Brown of Christian Aid who is vice convener of the World Mission Council; the Rev Sally Foster Fulton, Convener of the Church and Society Council; and Calum Scott a youth delegate and exploration geologist who has worked in the oil industry.

Discussion ranged from the impact of climate change on the poorest nations in the world to the role of nuclear and renewable energy. Delegates also discussed jobs and having plans to deal with the transition to a sustainable energy system. Many delegates also made individual pledges to reduce their own consumption of energy.

* More more about the National Youth Assembly, and mages from the weekend at their Facebook page http://on.fb.me/1PgW9GF

* Church of Scotland http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/home

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