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WCC supports call to divest from fossil fuel industries

WCC supports call to divest from fossil fuel industries

Young participants at the Climate Strike March, New York, September 2019. Photo: Marcelo Schneider/WCC

08 February 2020

The World Council of Churches is supporting a joint call for churches and faith-based organizations to divest from fossil fuel industries. The call will be formally announced on 26-28 March, coinciding with the Economy of Francesco conference in Assisi, Italy, at which prominent economists will be joined by 2,000 young people from around the world.

Operation Noah, leading the call, is collaborating with the World Council of Churches, the Global Catholic Climate Movement, Green Anglicans and GreenFaith in reaching out to churches, religious orders and Christian organisations of all denominations to invite commitments to fossil fuel divestment.

Organizers view this as a powerful step in responding to the climate emergency, shifting investments out of the problem and into the solution. Participants are committing to divest from fossil fuel companies as soon as possible and in any event within five years. Churches that don’t currently hold such investments are pledging to not invest in fossil fuels in the future.

With the UN climate talks set to take place in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2020, this call to action aims to increase the momentum among faith-based organisation to mobilise in this time of climate crisis.

Learn more about the WCC work on Care for Creation and Climate Justice