In the face of climate change injustice, we are morally called by our faith to take action. Join the global campaign to divest from fossil fuel companies that profit from climate change and reinvest in just and sustainable energy. The MNIPL Divestment Team includes folks from different faith traditions who are actively participating in campaigns. Two team members have led successful divestment resolution campaigns within their denominations, one member is currently in the process of building a campaign, and another coordinates divestment efforts throughout the state in secular and faith-based institutions. Check out our Faith In Action Divestment ToolKit here!
Who: Don’t try this on your own! Is anyone else in your congregation, denomination, or faith tradition already working on divestment? Do you know other people who are interested? Call them up. Have coffee. Talk. If you’re interested in becoming involved with the Divestment Team at MNIPL, contact Dwight Wagenius at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: The MNIPL Divestment Team will provide you with the following: a comprehensive analysis of your mission and resources to develop a divestment and reinvestment campaign tailored to your goals. We will provide a toolkit to help build your campaign. The toolkit includes discussion items to get your faith community talking about what it looks like to divest, as well as tangible next steps to move your campaign for investments in just and sustainable energy forward.
How: In what ways will you bring about the change you want to see?
Analyze decision making processes. How are decisions made in your faith institution? Who votes? When do they meet? How do you submit an item to have it considered at the next meeting? Is there a particular format for your request? If decisions are not made by a vote, who makes the decision and how can you influence their decision? Is there someone familiar with the process who can help you plan a strategy?
Raise awareness. How can you raise awareness of this issue among your constituents (those who will vote, those who have decision-making power, or those who can influence the voters and decision-makers)? How will you respond to common questions and objections to divestment?
Use your resources. Create petitions, use social media, speak to people one on one or in groups, use print media, and make phone calls.