The Greater Manchester campaign
for fossil fuel divestment

Fossil Free Greater Manchester

IN RESPONSE TO THE CLIMATE  EMERGENCY, WE ARE CALLING  UPON THE GREATER MANCHESTER PENSION FUND TO…

  1. Make the fund fossil free within the next 2 years.
  2. Immediately move all investments out of the most polluting fossil  fuels (coal, tar sands & fracking).
  3. Develop a strategy to invest in local climate solutions in Greater Manchester.

We are part of a rapidly growing global alliance campaigning for divestment. We’re working with trade unions, scheme members and others to persuade the Greater Manchester Pension Fund to ditch its risky and polluting investments in fossil fuel companies.

Moorland fires, toxic air, extreme weather… the GMPF is funding climate chaos.

  • Around £2,000,000,000 (£2 billion) is currently invested in polluting fossil fuel companies,
    such as Shell & BP.
  • These companies are risky investments for our planet and our pockets.
  • Local governments have a responsibility to work for the public good.

Over 80% of the world’s coal, oil and gas reserves are unburnable if we want to halt climate change.

The hundreds of billions of pounds invested in energy projects every year need to be moved out of the fossil fuel industry and invested in clean energy instead.

Universities, pension funds, churches and other institutions are increasingly taking their investments out of coal, oil and gas.

We’ve joined this rapidly growing global alliance, and are campaigning to persuade the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) to divest the approximately £1.8 billion it has invested in fossil fuels.

The Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) is the largest and dirtiest in the  country. By following in the footsteps of hundreds of investors, including Norway and New York City, the GMPF must divest to…

  • Do the right thing
     for a safe and healthy future for members and their families.
  •  Reduce financial risk
     as the world moves away from fossil fuels.
  • Protect our reputation
     Live up to Greater Manchester’s zero-carbon ambition.
  • Accelerate the transition
    Invest in the clean energy of the future, not the fossil fuel dinosaurs of the past.

If you’d like to get involved with the campaign, why not come along to one of our meetings?  They take place at 7pm on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at the Green Fish Resource Centre (46-50 Oldham St, M4 1LE).  All welcome!  Or contact us.

Latest Articles

We restate our aims and open dialogue with the Pension Fund’s Chair.

28th March 2019

An update from Fossil Free Greater Manchester Fossil Free Greater Manchester has been campaigning since 2015 for the Greater Manchester Pension Fund to divest its holdings in the fossil fuel industry. We have made some progress since we started: The Pension Fund has recognised that climate change is a material risk and committed to eventual…

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Pension protesters make their presence felt

21st October 2018

  In this update: 1) Press release following our action outside Greater Manchester Pension Fund AGM on Friday 21 October. 2) The experience of one Fund member at the AGM 3) Photos of our action. Fossil Free Greater Manchester press release  19th October 2018 Immediate Release Pension protestors claim success A group of noisy pensioners…

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Today’s a good day for Greater Manchester Pension Fund to clean up its act.

19th October 2018

Today, 19 October, the Greater Manchester Pension Fund will hold its Annual General Meeting.  We’ll be outside from 12.30 til the meeting starts. We call on those attending to ask the Fund two things: WHEN will  “100% of its assets to be compatible with the net zero emissions ambition in line with the Paris Agreement”?…

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Press release: Residents demonstrate for GM pension fund to stop funding climate change

17th October 2018

Local residents will demonstrate outside the Greater Manchester Pension Fund’s (GMPF) annual general meeting in Droylsden on Friday 19th October at 12.30. They will call for the Fund to stop investing in fossil fuel companies and will present remnants from the recent moorland fires to delegates. The GMPF is the UK’s biggest local authority pension…

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