This Wednesday 24th Feb there is a motion at St Albans District Council meeting – It is in support of Divest Herts aims to divest the Hertfordshire Pension Fund from fossil fuels. Please contact your local councillors and ask them to support the motion.
See model email Word Doc click here – which you can change to suit you
You can find your councillor contact details from here http://stalbans.moderngov.co.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1
The motion asks the council …This Council resolves:
To instruct the Chief Executive to write to the Chair of the Hertfordshire Pension Fund committee asking him to:
a. investigate whether the Fund’s investments in fossil fuels could constitute an undesirable risk, and
b. consider alternative investments that support the local low carbon economy, and
c. provide a written response to this motion.”
Full text can be found under item 15 of the agenda from here http://stalbans.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=184&MId=7854&Ver=4
On Saturday the 13th February look out for the campaigners from Divest Herts – we will be out and about in Watford, Bishops Stortford and St Albans! Come and say hi!
We will be taking part in the Climate Coalition’s ‘Show the Love’ campaign to raise awareness of climate change and asking local residents to sign the petition to Hertfordshire County Council to ask that it divest its pension fund from dirty fossil fuels.
See the new film ‘Show the Love’ written by Michael Morpugo for the Climate Coalition campaign:
Hertfordshire County Council’s pension fund affects over 180 employers in Hertfordshire, including St Albans District Council, many local schools, and voluntary sector groups. The fund currently holds £129,078,000 in investments in some of the world’s most polluting fossil fuel companies, such as Shell and Rio Tinto.
The UK-wide ‘Show the Love’ campaign organised by the Climate Coalition encourages its’ millions of supporters to share what they love that will be compromised by climate change. Hertfordshire’s beautiful countryside, our football grounds, our wildlife and the food on our plates will all be affected by climate change.
Divest Herts Campaign Meeting
Sat 9th January 2pm
Venue: Reason Coffee Shop and Bookstore
Unit 3, Faircross House
116 The Parade
You are invited to come along and shape Divest Herts campaign – all interested Herts groups are welcome – please share this email to colleagues and local groups. Please let us know if you are coming email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Campaign Meeting for?
We want to plan actions for 2016 to build the campaign to stop Herts County Council from investing its pension funds in fossil fuels.
To prepare for the meeting please see http://gofossilfree.org/uk/divestment-guide/
Agenda 9th Jan 2016 2pm
1. Update on actions so far
2. Intro to Fossil Free Campaigning toolkit
3. Work on strategy – identify tasks
4. Day of Action 13/14th Feb Fossil Free/Climate Coalition/People & Planet
4. Develop the campaign – skills & expertise
What is Divest Herts?
Divest Herts is supported by Fossil Free UK and is just one of 42 UK Divestment campaigns targeting local government .
Divest Herts comprises groups across Watford & St Albans, including Transition groups, Global Justice Now, Friends of the Earth, and local Green Party groups.
Divest Herts petition click here to see and sign
We now want to build the campaign and invite groups from other towns across Herts county to join us – the more groups involved the wider reach we will have across the county with increased impact
I Want to Know More
If you want to know more please email Gwen and Gail at email@example.com