Do you agree it’s time your pension stopped fuelling climate breakdown through its investments in fossil fuel companies? We at Fossil Free Oxfordshire have been telling the Pension Fund Committee this for a long time, as have the 1,200 people who signed the petition and about 200 LGPS members who wrote to the (former) Chair of the Pension Fund Committee.
Other LGPSs have committed to divest, like Waltham Forest and Islington, and so have the whole of Ireland and New York! But Oxfordshire Pension Fund Committee has not budged on this issue so it’s time to push the campaign up a notch, and we need your help.
You can quickly and easily take action by asking your MP to push for your pension fund to be divested from fossil fuels. We’ve created a template email and listed the Oxfordshire MPs’ email addresses below.
Thank you very much for your support!
PS It would help us if you would cc/bcc or forward your email to email@example.com.
Template email to MP
Dear [MP’s name],
I am an Oxfordshire Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) member. I understand a percentage of our pension pot is invested in fossil fuel companies.
I am very concerned that my pension is fuelling climate breakdown through being invested in fossil fuel companies. I’m also worried that these are unsafe financial investments because renewable energy is becoming cheaper.
Taking action against climate change is now urgent, as climate scientists have made clear (e.g. recent IPCC report from October this year “Global warming of 1.5 degrees”)
The Oxfordshire Pension Fund Committee has not responded to sustained calls to move our investments out of fossil fuels, even though climate risk is noted in the Investment Strategy Statement. A mechanism to take our money out of fossil fuel companies has been made available by the Brunel Pension Partnership. So there is no reason to delay.
Please would you, as my MP, take up my concerns with Cllr Kevin Bulmer, chair of the Pension Fund Committee and push for the fund to be made completely fossil fuel-free as soon as possible. I would like to see concrete action in time to be reported at the Committee’s meeting in March 2019.
It’s important to include
· your full name
· your postal address, including postcode
· your contact number(s)
Oxfordshire MPs’ email addresses
If you’re not sure who your MP is, you can check by putting your postcode in here.
Anneliese Dodds (MP for Oxford East) firstname.lastname@example.org
Layla Moran (MP for Oxford West and Abingdon) email@example.com
Victoria Prentis (MP for North Oxfordshire) firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Vaizey (MP for Wantage & Didcot) email@example.com
John Howell (MP for Henley) firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Courts (MP for Witney & West Oxfordshire) email@example.com