Stop Kent County Council Investing In Dangerous Fossil Fuels

By   October 2, 2015

A petition is being put together to present to the Kent County Council on the issue of fossil fuel investment. The text of the petition will focus on these points:

To: Kent County Council

1. Immediately freeze any new investment in fossil fuels.
2. Divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years.

Why is this important?

Our local authority has a duty to look out for the public good. Fossil fuels are in direct conflict with the public good: investing in them poses a risk to both investors and the planet. Even President Obama has admitted that ‘no challenge poses a greater threat to our future and future generations than a change in climate’.

Over 97% of scientists now agree that climate change is fuelled by the burning of fossil fuels. This causes problems both worldwide and within Kent, where we will see increasing areas of low lying land become prone to flooding.

Institutions around the world including local government, universities and churches are pulling out of fossil fuels investments and moving towards a cleaner energy future. It’s now time to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in a better future.

Financial research has called into question the valuation of fossil fuel companies due to their reliance on reserves which would become unburnable if international carbon legislation comes into effect. Divestment from fossil fuels would minimise the council’s exposure to the financial risk of the ‘carbon bubble’, whereby shareholders risk being left with ‘stranded assets’ (worthless fuels stocks that regulations will prevent from being burned.)

Although KCC Statement of Investment Principles for the Superannuation Fund (3) states that ‘the fund will not impose restrictions upon our external fund managers’….it later goes on to say that ‘as a member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change we will monitor developments on climate change and use the research undertaken to monitor and challenge our investment managers.’

For the sake of future generations, the people of Kent and the whole planet, the time has now come to challenge these investment managers.

Sign at https://campaigns.gofossilfree.org/petitions/stop-kent-county-council-investing-in-dangerous-fossil-fuels?source=facebook-share-button&time=1442505495
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