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  • Rick Bonetti

Faith Institutions Divest Fossil Fuels

Updated: Nov 27, 2022

On July 5, 2022 thirty-five faith groups from seven countries today announced their divestment from fossil fuel companies. They have called for no new fossil fuels as 20 oil and gas companies plan to spend nearly $1 trillion on new projects in violation of UN and IEA warnings.

"Organized by the World Council of Churches, Operation Noah, Laudato Si’ Movement, Green Anglicans, and GreenFaith, this latest divestment announcement comes from faith institutions in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, the UK, and the US. It comes just three weeks before Anglican bishops from around the world gather for the once-a-decade Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, UK"

The World Council of Churches is "a worldwide Christian inter-church organization founded in 1948 to work for the cause of ecumenism."

Operation Noah was set up in 2004 to provide a Christian response to the climate crisis, is a small charity with big ambitions.

The Laudato Si’ Movement (founded as Global Catholic Climate Movement 2015) is "a community of Catholics, responding to the Pope’s call to action in the Laudato Si’ encyclical. We are lay people, priests, religious, bishops, and a global network of member organizations working together on the climate change crisis."

Anglican Communion Environmental Network is" a network for those who care for God’s creation - Anglicans and Episcopalians worldwide concerned with environmental issues. The Anglican Communion Environment Network strives to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the earth."

"GreenFaith is building a worldwide, multi-faith climate and the environmental movement. Together our members create communities to transform ourselves, our spiritual institutions, and society to protect the planet and create a compassionate, loving, and just world."

"We envision a world transformed, in which humanity in all its diversity has developed a shared reverence for life on Earth. Religious and spiritual communities everywhere generate a moral awakening to the sacredness of Earth and the dignity of all people. Together, we are building resilient, caring communities and economies that meet everyone’s needs and protect the planet. The era of conquest, extraction, and exploitation has given way to cooperation and community." ~ Greenfaith

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