Fossil Free

Why do you support fossil fuel divestment?

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PPF community on the Walk for a Fossil Free Future – from Louisville, Kentucky to the 2018 General Assembly in St. Louis, Missouri.

Talking points on divestment from fossil fuels in the PCUSA:

🌱 As followers of Christ, dedicated Presbyterians, and human beings in creation, we continue to ask the Church to divest its money from big oil, coal and gas. In 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 we asked the PC(USA) to divest its endowments from big oil, coal and gas. 2022 provides the best opportunity to divest from fossil fuels yet! We encourage you to pass ENV-07 and the Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) report to make sure we have tangible and immediate divestment as well as a roadmap to categorical divestment!

🌱 Jesus calls us to love God and neighbor. John Calvin says, “The only right stewardship is that which is tested by the rule of love.” Knowing what we now know about climate change, especially its effects on those already living in poverty, as well as our neighbors of other species, the Church can no longer follow the rule of love and profit from the fossil fuel industry. It is estimated that 5 million people die every year from climate change and this number will only increase unless we do something now!

🌱 Historically, our work has been to ask the PCUSA to divest from oil, gas and coal companies to help loosen their grip on economic and political power and clear the way for a sustainable future. As a strategy, divestment communicates the urgent need to leave 80% of the known carbon reserves untapped, and to invest in sustainable energies able to meet humanity’s needs for generations to come.

🌱 Currently, congregations/presbyteries and other bodies of the denomination can employ fossil fuel free screens in their investments through the Presbyterian Foundation and in 2017, individuals who are enrolled in the Board of Pensions can take advantage of their fossil free screens too for their retirement savings plan. We continue to partner with MRTI as they do shareholder advocacy and engagement with oil, gas, and coal companies. We also work with Greenfaith to collaborate on how we as a denomination can do all that we can to be faithful to God’s call to care for creation and to be fossil free in as many ways as possible. 

🌱 We must do all we can, in all the ways we can, to protect this earth and all its inhabitants, for God and all of creation’s sake.

Recent History of Fossil Free PC(USA)

  • 2017: Fossil Free PCUSA and Presbyterian Peace Fellowship entered into a new relationship, making  Fossil Free PCUSA a project of PPF. In this partnership, both Fossil Free PCUSA and Presbyterian Peace Fellowship reaffirm a commitment to nonviolence, caring for creation, and working against racism in the Church and the world.
  • 2018: we completed a 260-mile Walk for A Fossil Free World, in support of our Overture to the 2018 Presbyterian General Assembly. Resources from the walk are available here.
  • 2019, we co-hosted a delegation to Puerto Rico – you can read delegates’ reflections here.