Christian Climate Action is a grass-roots movement and so our members are free to take action on whatever climate issue they feel called to. However there are some current themes to the actions we are taking…
Despite pleas from Christians and vicars across the country, some Churches still hold investments in fossil fuel companies. This includes the Church of England. These investments are held by the Church of England centrally, but also some of it is held by regional diocese.
Christian Climate Action is having great success in holding protests in Cathedrals across the country. For example, CLICK HERE to read about a protest which was carried out at the end of last year in Lichfield Cathedral.
Barclays is the UK’s and Europe’s largest financier of fossil fuels. Although the International Energy Agency (IEA) says “there is no need for investment in new fossil fuel supply”. In 2021 year Barclays invested nearly £20 billion in fossil fuels. Since the Paris Climate Agreement their total investment in fossil fuels is almost £150 billion.
Many Christian Climate Action groups are taking action against their local Barclays banks. For example on November 14th, Christians and members of the clergy across the UK took a stand against Barclays bank as part of a national day of action against Barclays alongside groups such as Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil, with thousands of protestors gathering at over 100 Barclays banks across the UK.. Read more about this HERE.
The CEE Bill
We know we are in an emergency and that the Government isn’t doing enough.
The CEE Bill is an initiative which started on its path as a grassroots campaign to build an alliance around a proposed law. It was developed with members of XR alongside members of the successful Big Ask campaign that led to the Climate Change Act in 2008.
The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill is a private members’ Bill – one that is introduced by MPs who are not Government ministers. It can change our course by making the Government act with the urgency we need and requiring that they involve everyday people in a Citizens’ Assembly that has real bite.
If the CEE Bill is made law, the Government would have to act fast, accounting for our entire carbon footprint while actively conserving nature here and overseas. We hope that this Bill will set a precedent that can be replicated across the world.
We need the support of as many MPs as possible so that the Bill can move forward—so politicians need to step up. Call on your MP to back the CEE Bill! Its easy to do – just click here:
More information about the Bill can be found at:
https://www.ceebill.uk/ or https://extinctionrebellion.uk/go-beyond-politics/cee-bill/