Sadiq Khan joins campaign as London councils divest

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In December Southwark Council in London committed to divest from fossil fuels meaning their £1.2 billion pension fund will be the largest to go fossil free to date.

The announcement was closely followed by nearby Haringey Council divesting from coal and a further announcement in Hackney.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan made a manifesto commitment to divest London from fossil fuels and, following further pressure from London Assembly Members, has called for the London Pension Fund Authority to exit fossil fuels.

All this followed on the success in Waltham Forest Council, the first to commit to full divestment from fossil fuels, and South Yorkshire’s divestment from coal. It’s all happening in England!

Scottish Councils are under pressure to follow England’s lead, but no local authority here has yet made a commitment. With new Pensions Committees in place shortly after the May election there is a great opportunity to get more action north of the border.

Ric Lander, Friends of the Earth Scotland

Ric supports individuals and groups across Scotland who are working to divest from fossil fuels.

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