Church Divestment Day of Action: Sunday 5th March 2023

On Sunday 5th March 2023, people around England and Wales will be taking action at Cathedrals around England and Wales to demand that the Church of England and the Catholic Church disinvest from fossil fuels. There are a range of actions you can take, from holding a vigil outside a Cathedral to praying inside. We’ve put together a menu of options to help inspire you. It includes things you can do on your own and things you can do with others.

In the last five years, most major denominations in the UK have divested, or committed to divest, from fossil fuel companies because these companies are fuelling the climate emergency. However, the Church of England and the Catholic Church still hold investments in fossil fuels. The Cof E has promised to divest by mid-2023 from any fossil fuel companies which are not ‘Paris Compliant’.

These infographics from Operation Noah show which dioceses in both churches still hold investments in fossil fuels. NB: All Scottish dioceses in the Catholic Church have committed to divest and so are not listed here.

NB: Some of the dioceses on the Catholic red list hold investments in fossil fuels. Others do not, but have not publicly committed to not reinvest in the future.

  • The dioceses marked red hold investments in fossil fuels.
  • The Cof E dioceses marked amber have sold their shares in fossil fuels for financial reasons, rather than environmental reasons. They have not committed to not reinvest in fossil fuels in the future.
  • Those marked in green have made a commitment to divest any shares in fossil fuels within two years of making a commitment and, in many cases, already have. They have also committed not to reinvest in fossil fuels in the future. If you would like to thank these dioceses then we have an A3 placard you can print and take to a Cathedral in a green diocese to get a photo. We will make a montage of these photos and use them on social media and in our press releases to thank them.

Get Involved!

Take Photographs

We want to send photos of the action to the national media, both Christian and secular. If you take part in an action please send photos on the day, either during your action or as soon as possible afterwards, to 

The action will be ‘seen’ by far more people in the media than it will in real life, and media coverage will maximise its impact so please do prioritise having a dedicated photographer if you can and do send photos ASAP.

We’d like the photos to look as unified as possible – this will increase our chances of the media using our images. It woud really help if you could make placards and banners using the designs we’ve suggested and provided.

Withholding funds from the CofE

Currently a number of individuals in CCA who are members of the Church of England are considering withholding their giving until either their diocese or the whole of the Church of England, commits to divest from fossil fuels. If this is something you would bei interested in, please contact us on for more information.

We’d also like to hear from people who would be interested in bringing a motion that proposes your church or Parish withholds financial giving to your diocese until they make a commitment to divest from fossil fuels. We may be able to support you to write a motion.