Council adopts non-committal 'amendment' in place of fossil fuels and armaments divestment motion

06 September 2021

A meeting of Highland Council on 9 September adopted without a vote a non-committal 'amendment' put forward by Councillor Ben Thompson, chairman of the pensions Investment sub-committee, in opposition to a motion proposed by Scottish Green Party councillor Pippa Hadley on behalf of the joint Fossil-Free Highlands / Highland Charter for Responsible Investment campaign, urging the Pensions Committee to divest from fossil fuels, armaments and other unethical investments.

More information, including the texts of the motion and 'amendment', and links at  Home / Highland Council  Pension Fund

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What you can do: Tell Highland Council to divest pensions from fossil fuels

Local authorities have the power and the responsibility to ensure local workers not only have a pension for their retirement, but also a future worth retiring into. Halting the extraction and expansion of fossil fuels is a matter of survival for us all.

Please email your councillors to call on them to support fossil free Highland Council pension funds, and to adopt the Highland Charter for Responsible Investment which asks the Highland Council Pension Fund to develop an ethical investment policy.Send your email via this link https://act.foe.scot/tell-highland-council-divest-pensions-fossil-fuels, which also gives background information and suggestions on what to include in your email.This issue will be debated at Highland Council's full meeting on 9th September. Please let your councillors know your views before then, and share with friends and family.  If you would like to get involved in the Fossil Free Highlands campaign or arrange a meeting with your councillors, email Sally Clark at Friends of the Earth Scotland.

 

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