On Thursday 14 February, 65 people from more than 20 Catholic religious communities attended a conference hosted by Mount Street Jesuit Centre in London entitled ‘Fossil fuel divestment for a zero-carbon future: A conference for religious’.
The Columbans – who announced plans to disinvest from fossil fuels in 2015 – helped plan the day and Ellen Teague gave a presentation.
The conference, which was co-sponsored by Operation Noah, CAFOD, Global Catholic Climate Movement, the National Justice & Peace Network, the Conference of Religious and the Association of Provincial Bursars, was the first event of its kind in the UK. It sought to encourage Catholic institutions from England and Wales to join future divestment announcements coordinated by the Global Catholic Climate Movement.
In recent years, Catholic organisations around the world including dioceses, religious orders and Bishops’ Conferences, have played an increasingly prominent role in the global divestment movement. More than 120 Catholic institutions are among the 1,000+ organisations to have divested from fossil fuel companies in response to the climate crisis, including the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Caritas Internationalis, the Passionists in England & Wales, the Columban Missionaries and the Franciscan Sisters of Mary in the US.
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