We hold a vision of a better world, free from poverty and climate change. Where everyone has enough to eat, and can live without fear of their home being destroyed.
But right now, millions of the world’s poorest people are feeling the worst impacts of climate change, and experts predict more floods, drought and extreme weather patterns to come. For those living in poverty, this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.
What we’re aiming for
At the moment, money from government subsidies, investments of churches and pension funds, and our own bank accounts supports the fossil fuel industry and continues to fuel climate change. We need to make the Big Shift away from fossil fuels and into renewable energy so that we can build a cleaner, safer world. And money is key!
Since we began the Big Shift campaign in 2015, the UK government has agreed to phase out coal power, over 5,500 churches have switched to clean energy, Standard Chartered have ruled out funding for all new coal projects and RBS have announced a phase-out of project finance to all new coal power projects and thermal coalmines. We’re making progress!
But while private banks continue to use their funds to invest in fossil fuel projects, we’ll never reach the cleaner and safer future we need.
That’s why we’re asking HSBC to make the Big Shift away from fossil fuels and into renewable energy. Incredibly, they are still willing to fund new coal – the dirtiest fossil fuel – in three countries vulnerable to climate change.
Who can stop climate change? We can. We have a responsibility to do so that began when God commanded the earliest human inhabitants of the Garden of Eden to 'till it and keep it'. To keep it; not to abuse it, not to destroy it
- Desmond Tutu.
Standard Chartered agreed to stop funding all new coal projects thanks to some targeted campaigning in coalition with partners around the world.
A cleaner future is possible
Fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) need to be left in the ground if we are to protect God’s earth. But governments and institutions (including the banks that hold our current accounts) still have money tied up in their extraction.
Now more than ever, we need to put our money where our prayers are, and make the big shift from dirty fossil fuels into clean energy for a better future for everyone.