Campaigners hail UNISON decision as GMPF faces more pressure to ditch fossil fuels

24th June 2017

Fossil Free Greater Manchester (FFGM) today hailed UNISON’s decision that local authority pension funds should stop investing in fossil fuels. UNISON members took the decision at their annual conference in Brighton. “UNISON has changed its position in the face of evidence that fossil fuel investments are bad for its members’ pensions and bad for the…

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GM Pension Fund digs a bigger hole for its members’ pension investments

7th May 2017

Greater Manchester’s local authority pension fund has nearly trebled its investments in dirty, risky and increasingly redundant coal stocks. Its latest accounts show the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) increased its stakes in mining companies Anglo American and Glencore by 288% and 276% between March 2015 and March 2016. These investments expose Greater Manchester’s local…

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Greater Manchester Mayoral candidates back our divestment call

2nd May 2017

All four of the candidates who attended the environment hustings on Friday evening (28 April) said they would call on GMPF to divest from fossil fuels. The candidates were, in order of speaking on this question: Sean Anstee, Conservative Party Andy Burnham, Labour Party Jane Brophy, Liberal Democrats Will Patterson, Green Party The question asked…

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Why the Waltham Forest council pension fund divested – video

5th March 2017

Here’s a video showing why Waltham Forest became the first UK council pension fund to commit to divest from fossil fuels. Video includes interviews with councillors:

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Manchester hosts screening of divestment documentary Do The Math

21st February 2017

Last week, Fossil Free Greater Manchester held a screening of acclaimed environmental documentary Do the Math. For those who have not seen the documentary, we invite you to grab a cup of tea, or whatever it might be, and spend 44 minutes taking in what this film has to offer. You won’t regret it: “Do…

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University divestment protest by People & Planet

20th February 2017

On the 15 February 2017 a protest took place organised by People & Planet, a group formed by students that leads on ethical and environmental work and plans campaigns, representing the University of Manchester. The group has been campaigning for the University to divest from fossil fuel companies. The campaign has been working for three years…

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February meeting of Fossil Free GM

9th February 2017

Fossil Free Greater Manchester’s next meeting is at 7pm on Monday (13 Feb.) at the Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, M4 1LE. Click for map. We are energised for the next round of the campaign with ideas for building on what we’ve done so far and taking the campaign to a new level. …

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Screening of acclaimed film “Do The Math.”

26th January 2017

Please book via this eventbrite link. Join Fossil Free Greater Manchester for a free film screening of the acclaimed environmental documentary Do The Math (sic). When?  Tue 7 February 2017,19:00 – 21:00 Where? Black Dog Ballroom, Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PW  map The film, produced by climate campaigners, highlights the impact the growing fossil…

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What councillors need to know about the Fossil Free Greater Manchester campaign for fossil fuel divestment

16th December 2016

We’ve created a detailed briefing for councillors and other decision-makers, which we hope will help them understand what our campaign stands for and how they can assist. Again, click here to access the document (it will open in a new window). And if you haven’t time, try this short briefing from

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Correspondence with Greater Manchester Pension Fund

18th October 2016

Here we reproduce correspondence with  Councillor Kieran Quinn, Chair of Greater Manchester Pension Fund. In May 2016 we wrote an open letter to him, covering possible losses the Fund had sustained due to the declining value of coal stocks, and about the Fund’s preference for engagement with fossil fuel giants rather than divestment.  Here we…

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