We asked Andy and he listened!

30th March 2022

Fossil Free Greater Manchester, along with Extinction Rebellion and Unison, brought our campaign to the Mayor’s Question Time in Bolton Arena on  23 March. We were calling on the GM Mayor, Andy Burnham, to take a stance on the Greater Manchester Pension Fund’s huge holdings in fossil fuels. Andy Burnham came outside to talk to…

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Join us in Bolton 7pm Wednesday 23 March to wake up Andy!

21st March 2022

Demonstration in Bolton for Mayors question time. Every month, Andy Burnham answers questions from people in one of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs. This month he’s going to Bolton and so are we. Please will you join us in Bolton on Wednesday evening to demonstrate outside the Mayor’s Question Time event? We will be outside the…

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Presenting the case for divestment to Bolton councillors

20th February 2022

Presenting the case for divestment to Bolton councillors On 10th February we attended Bolton council’s Corporate and External Issues Overview and Scrutiny Committee.  We were invited as a follow-up to discussions about the fate of the council’s earlier motion calling on Greater Manchester Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels. Bolton is among the GM…

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GM Pension Fund repeats outdated claims about fossil fuel earnings

6th February 2022

We’ve heard that yet again officers of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) have repeated the claim that ‘GMPF achieved over £400 million more in returns than if it had divested its’ shares in oil, gas and coal mining companies.’  We wrote to the fund over a year ago to ask for details of how…

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Greater Manchester Pension Fund fails to raise its game

12th January 2022

Greater Manchester quietly published its updated Investment Strategy Statement in September. The changes followed a poorly publicised public consultation that received just 11 responses. However, 8 of those responses proposed that, “The Fund will decarbonise its portfolio by at least 15% per annum and become zero carbon by 2038 at the very latest, in line…

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Weekly vigil outside the GMPF Offices

25th November 2021

Watch an interview with our member Pete Somerville in which he explains why he is holding a weekly vigil outside the offices of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund.

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No more Blah Blah Blah!

12th November 2021

No more Blah Blah Blah from GM Mayor Andy Burnham and Tameside Council Leader Brenda Warrington! Pensioners and pension fund members gathered to wake up Andy Burnham outside the GMCA offices at 8am last week. Now, as COP26 ends, campaigners from Fossil Free Greater Manchester are calling on Andy Burnham and Tameside leader Brenda Warrington,…

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Wake Up Andy!

2nd November 2021

Pensioners and pension fund members will be making a noise to “Wake Up Burnham” outside the GMCA offices  on Wednesday 3 November.  We want GM Mayor Andy Burnham to support our call for the GM pension fund to take its money out of fossil fuel investments. Find out more in our Press-release.

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Fossil Free GM’s updated Fact Check Briefing

22nd October 2021

We have updated our comprehensive briefing paper, Fact check: Why the Greater Manchester Pension Fund can and must stop funding the fossil fuel industry. Read our Fact Check Briefing by clicking here. “It is incongruous that a Fund which has relatively high levels of investment in renewable energy is making such slow progress in divesting…

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Summer 2021 Supporters’ Newsletter

10th August 2021

This newsletter has been sent to our supporters and we are also making it more widely available here at this critical point in the global climate crisis – on which GMPF has still to act with the seriousness and resolve that we all need whether fund members, elected representatives or citizens both locally and globally….

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