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Young People Holding 13th March Demo To Call On Herts County Council To Divest Funds From Fossil Fuels

Written by on 27 February 2020

Young people will be holding a climate strike in Hertford on Friday 13th March, to call on Hertfordshire County Council to divest their funds invested in fossil fuel industries and for greater engagement with young people in discussions around the climate crisis. 

“Herts County Council has a duty to make ethical investments with their pension fund,” says school striker, Rebecca. “This doesn’t mean investing £140 million in fossil fuels, with companies including Shell, Rio Tinto and BHP.”

These young people support the the targets laid out in an online petition, calling on Herts County Council to immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels, and divest from fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years. 

Local activist, Josh Dean, said, “It’s time for Hertfordshire County Council to put their money where their mouth is: they’ve declared a climate emergency, but still have millions invested in fossil fuels. Not only will this contribute to environmental collapse, but the threat of the carbon bubble makes this an unsafe investment for people’s pensions.”

Young people are also calling for greater engagement with young people from local authorities in discussions around the climate crisis. Climate activist, Ben Clark, explained, “Young people feel left out by our local authorities, but we want to work with our councils to meet the challenges of the climate emergency and decarbonise Hertfordshire.”

The demonstration will be held on Friday 13th March in Salisbury Square, Hertford at 12pm. 

“Local people are welcome to join our demo,” said Amelia, a school striker. “The climate crisis is becoming scarier every day and we’re calling on the County Council to divest from fossil fuels and help to protect the county and the country from climate breakdown.”

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