MPs

he following local MPs have signed our divestment pledge, lending their support to the campaigns calling on the Greater Manchester Pension Fund and the Parliamentary Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels:

  • Debbie Abrahams MP (Oldham East & Saddleworth), former Shadow Secretary of State for Work & Pensions
  • Kate Green MP (Stretford & Urmston)
  • Andrew Gwynne MP (Denton & Reddish), Shadow Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government
  • Afzal Khan MP (Manchester Gorton)
  • Rebecca Long-Bailey MP (Salford & Eccles), Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Lisa Nandy MP (Wigan), former Shadow Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change
  • Angela Rayner MP (Ashton-under-Lyne), Shadow Secretary of State for Education
  • Jonathan Reynolds MP (Stalybridge & Hyde)
  • Jeff Smith MP (Manchester Withington)

Climate experts

Climate scientists at the University of Manchester’s Tyndall Centre have given their support to our call for GMPF to divest from its fossil fuel holdings.  They tell us that we need action to close down the supply of fossil fuels and make the point that engagement with the fossil fuel companies is a very weak strategy indeed for achieving that.

“Since I worked on the oil rigs in the 1980s, people have argued that engaging with fossil fuel companies is more effective than divesting. In that time the fossil fuel majors have extracted more than 200 thousand million tonnes of carbon and are planning to extract many times that again. This carbon will remain in the atmosphere for hundreds if not thousands of years. I hope it doesn’t take that long for engagement to convince these companies to leave it in the ground.”

Prof Kevin Anderson

“The carbon budgets we developed for Greater Manchester are intended to meet the Paris Agreement’s temperature objectives. To keep within this limit 80% of exploitable coal, oil and gas reserves have to remain under the ground. We need to tackle both the demand for fossil fuels and the supply and divesting is an effective way to do this.”

Dr John Broderick

Councillors and council candidates

When asked by Manchester Friends of the Earth if they support the Fund divesting, an overwhelming, cross party, majority of council election candidates across Greater Manchester did:

Candidate responses to the divestment question, Manchester Foe survey, May 2019.

Candidate responses to the divestment question, Manchester FOE survey, May 2019.

On 10 July, 2019, Manchester City Council overwhelmingly passed a motion declaring a climate emergency.  It is included this clause:
“Through our role on GMPF, encourage divestment in fossil fuels as early as possible.”

 

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And ordinary citizens support us too.