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divesting from fossil fuels

One of the world’s leading scientists urged world leaders to prioritize the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, as opportunities to avoid global climate disaster are rapidly diminishing. 

Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, advisor to the German government and to 
Pope Francis, joined with other leading scientists at the recent conference in Paris to express their support for the divestment movement, and their wish that divestment will bring about the necessary transition to renewables.

A growing number of individuals and institutions around the world are divesting from (taking their investments out of) the carbon economy. Schellnhuber sees this as a moral issue that many of our leaders are avoiding. However through the divestment movement it is people who are forcing a necessary implosion of the fossil fuel industry. In his support for divestment, Schnellhuber asks, “Do you want to be part of an economy that is destroying the world, or part of an economy that protects creation?”

Schnellhuber told the conference that without an implosion of fossil fuel industries there is no chance of avoiding dangerous, perhaps disastrous, climate change.

The environment committee of ICJW supports the movement to divest from fossil fuels and encourages our members and communities to remove their own investments from these damaging industries and invest instead in a clean and green future.

Report by Dr ANNE MORRIS Chair, Environment and Sustainable Development