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Protest planned against fossil fuel investments

Monday 9 March 2020

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

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

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."

One of the school strikers, Rebecca, said: "Herts County Council has a duty to make ethical investments with their pension fund. This doesn’t mean investing £140 million in fossil fuels, with companies including Shell, Rio Tinto and BHP.”

The group are calling on Hertfordshire County Council to immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels, and divest from fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years. They are also calling for greater engagement with young people from local authorities in discussions around the climate crisis. 

Climate activist, Ben Clark commented: "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."

"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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