Councillors have this evening voted in favour of Avon Pension Fund becoming ‘fossil free’. Full Council voted for a motion1 put forward by Green Party councillors at tonight’s Full Council meeting. A petition and many statements from the public were also tabled in support of the motion, which calls for Bristol City Council to take the lead in calling for the fund to develop a strategy to divest from fossil fuels. Bristol City Council and its neighbouring authorities have seats on the Avon Pension Fund Committee, in which Council employees’ pensions are invested.
Green Councillor for Redland, Martin Fodor who tabled the motion said:
“I am delighted that the council will be taking a lead in calling for Avon Pension fund to become ‘fossil free’ and diversify into renewables and energy efficiency. We are proud of the Council’s commitment earlier this year not to invest in any fossil fuel industries2, and it’s now time for our pension funds to follow suit.”
“There is a growing realisation that divesting from fossil fuels is not just good for the environment, it is a sound financial judgement too. Investment in the fossil fuel industry is increasingly risky given that the sector is likely to fall in value - sooner rather than later. This is a view shared by Mark Carney, Government of the Bank of England3 and Sir Nicholas Stern, former Chief economist of the World Bank. 75% of fossil fuels need to stay in the ground to avoid dangerous climate change4. This means that fossil fuel industries are not only causing untold damage, but are on the way out and now is the time to invest in alternatives.”
Mark Hubbard chair of Bristol UNISON, who recently voted to support fossil free pensions said:
"Bristol UNISON has 5,000 members working in Bristol City Council and hundreds of community organisations. Our members want their pension investments to be green and sustainable."
Green Councillor for Clifton East, Carla Denyer, who has also been actively campaigning to get the University of Bristol to go fossil free5, including tabling a motion to the University’s governance body said:
“Divesting from fossil fuels is good for the environment and also good for all of us who want a safe and secure pension in the future. As major funds around the world move out of fossil fuels, let’s encourage our local pension provider to invest in technologies with a future: energy efficiency, renewables and energy storage.”
- Motion to Full Council https://www2.bristol.gov.uk/committee/2015/ta/ta000/1215_a.pdf on page 5.
- Bristol Council goes Fossil Free: http://gofossilfree.org/uk/press-release/bristol-mayor-commits-to-keeping-city-money-out-of-deadly-fossil-fuels/
- Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England recently highlighted that “financing the decarbonisation of our economy is a major opportunity for insurers as long-term investors.” http://www.moneymarketing.co.uk/boes-carney-warns-climate-change-poses-risks-to-financial-stability/
- Leading experts, including Nicholas Stern, have warned that if we are to stay below a two degree increase in global temperatures, approximately 75% of the current fossil fuel reserves have to stay in the ground.
- Green Councillors have been part of the campaign calling for Bristol university to go fossil free:
Green Party welcomes Greta Thunberg to Bristol
Greta Thunberg has announced she will be visiting Bristol on Friday 28 February to join a Youth Strike 4 Climate demo.
Green budget amendment tackles transport and climate crisis
Green Councillors have submitted an amendment to next week’s Council budget meeting to deal with Bristol's gridlocked transport system and boost the Council’s work to tackle the climate emergency.
Region’s Transport Plan must be changed in light of Climate Emergency
Green Mayoral candidate, Climate Emergency leader, and UWE transport expert call on the Metro Mayor and Council leaders not to approve the Joint Local Transport Plan in its current form next month, stating that proposed new roads will worsen the climate crisis and congestion.
Bristol Airport expansion plans rejected
Press Release from Bristol Airport Action Network (BAAN), one of the key campaigning organisations .
Chocolate Path 'melts' into river after council fails to act
Green Councillors have accused Bristol's Labour administration of “enormous incompetence” for failing to carry out important works to repair Bristol’s ‘chocolate path’ long after funding was approved in September 2018, leading to its recent collapse and the closure of Cumberland road.
Why we need to tackle the ecological emergency too
Carla Denyer writes for 24/7 about why we need to address the Ecological Emergency as well as the Climate Emergency
Greens to join march against Bristol Airport Expansion
Bristol Green Councillors will be joining a march taking place 31 January in the city against the expansion of Bristol airport, as the planning decision in North Somerset draws nearer, with the date now set for 10 Feb.
Council passes Green motion to ‘reboot democracy’ with Citizens' Assemblies
At Full Council today (14 January) a Green Party motion passed to ‘reboot democracy’, committing Bristol to trialling participatory democracy schemes such as citizens’ assemblies.
Mayor continues to support airport expansion
Despite growing pressure from climate activists, local councils and Greens, Bristol’s Labour Mayor Marvin Rees continues to back the expansion of Bristol Airport, a development Greens say is incompatible with Bristol's own carbon neutrality targets.
'Reboot democracy' with Citizens' Assemblies
Green Councillors in Bristol have proposed putting decision making on some major issues in the hands of ordinary Bristolians through ‘Citizens’ Assemblies’ and other forms of participatory democracy.
Bristol Labour block opportunity to oppose airport expansion
Labour and Tory councillors voted against providing time to debate the Green motion in what could be the last chance for the council to make a statement before the planning decision at North Somerset Council.
Rescuing Our Healthcare - with £6 billion per year
We will push the government to prioritise the health and happiness of those in Bristol and across the UK.
Green Party Manifesto - to tackle Climate Emergency and deliver Social Justice.
A Green New Deal to tackle the Climate Emergency and deliver Social Justice.
One year on from declaring a Climate Emergency – is Bristol on track?
One year after declaring a Climate Emergency in Bristol, Greens say new information from environmental group shows the city needs to radically step up action to meet climate targets.
Green candidate Carla Denyer will be only ‘Unite to Remain’ candidate in Bristol West
Greens bid to win Bristol West – launch crowdfunder
Candidate Carla Denyer has launched a crowdfunder campaign aiming to raise enough funds to take the seat from Labour. Greens in strong position to win after Euro results place them ahead of Lib Dems, and Labour suffered devastating electoral defeat.
‘Tinkering around the edges is no longer good enough’ say Greens
Green Mayoral Candidate Sandy Hore-Ruthven responds to the Mayor’s State of the City address saying Bristol needs action not words. Greens say bold, immediate moves are needed to combat the social and environmental crises.
Report on former Chief Exec payoff
Green Councillor Clive Stevens has completed a report into why the Council made a £98,000 payoff to former chief executive Anna Klonowski
Greens send letter to the city to encourage all to hear Extinction Rebellion warning
Green MP and Mayoral candidates Carla Denyer and Sandy Hore-Ruthven have issued a letter to the people of Bristol today, calling on the city to face up to the climate crisis.
Better buses starts with tackling congestion, say Greens
At a Cabinet meeting today (1 October), Greens called for bolder action to improve public transport in Bristol.
Mayor misses third government deadline on Clean Air plan
Today Bristol City Council has missed the third deadline set by national government to submit a plan to clean up Bristol’s air. Green Mayoral candidate Sandy Hore-Ruthven has called for immediate action.
Nearly 1 year after Climate Emergency declared, progress is too slow, say Greens
The Green Councillor who launched Bristol’s ‘Climate Emergency’ motion in November 2018 has called on councillors from all parties to join her in pressing the administration for urgent action.
Green Party sets sights on second Westminster seat – Bristol West
Bristol West MP candidate Carla Denyer launched her campaign at the Bristol climate strike. Her climate emergency declaration was the first in Europe – driving action on climate change across the continent. Greens aim to elect a second MP to join Caroline Lucas in Westminster after European Elections win.
Green Party chooses Climate Emergency campaigner Carla Denyer to win Bristol West parliamentary seat
Former wind turbine engineer and current city councillor, Carla Denyer, has been picked to contest the winnable seat of Bristol West for the Green Party at the coming General Election.
Labour Mayor refuses to back Climate Strike
Bristol’s Labour Mayor has refused to support Council workers taking part in what could be the world’s biggest ever Climate Strike on 20th September, after a Green Councillor asked him to do so at a Council meeting.
Labour vote down Green policies in ‘Green New Deal’
Green Councillors accused the Mayor of substituting empty words for climate action this evening (10 Sep. 19), at a Full Council meeting where Labour proposed a ‘Green New Deal’ motion but rejected a Green amendment to add practical policy commitments to it.
Environmental Lawyers put Bristol Council ‘On Notice’ over climate inaction
Lawyers from leading environmental law charity ClientEarth have put Bristol City Council “on notice” over its lack of proper climate change plans, giving them eight weeks to explain how planning policy will incorporate carbon reduction targets.
Green ‘Climate Emergency’ councillor calls on Mayor to support Climate Strikers
At a council meeting this evening Carla Denyer, the Green Party Councillor who initiated Bristol's declaration of a Climate Emergency, will ask Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees if he will support Council workers taking time off to join the Global Climate Strike of September 20.
Job Advert: Campaign Manager wanted
Could you work for Bristol Green Party? We're currently recruiting for a paid Campaign Manager to work on the Green Party Mayoral 2020 Campaign.
Government steps up legal threat to Bristol Mayor over air quality failures
Greens respond to a letter sent to Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees from the Government’s Minister for Air Quality, which has highlighted once again that Bristol’s current action on air quality is too slow, engagement inadequate, and that options being consulted on currently may not meet minimum standards.