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Welcome to South West Action on Pensions (SWAP)

South West Actions on pensions is a collaboration of fossil fuel divestment campaigns from across the 9 Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) or Pension Funds, plus the Environment Agency, whose funds are managed by Brunel Pension Partnership (a sort of pension fund 'buyer's club').

When SWAP was founded in July 2020, it agreed 3 key objectives aimed at Brunel and each LGPS:

  1. 100% divestment from fossil fuel companies, equities, bonds and associated financial products by 2025
  2. Divest from all carbon-intensive industries and invest in carbon-neutral companies and projects by 2025
  3. Brunel Pension Partnership to adopt and publish a target to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C, rather than “well below 2°C” as currently stated in your Climate Change Policy.

No. 3 has now been achieved, following a meeting between SWAP reps and Brunel in December 2021. There's power in unity!

Minutes of the meeting with Brunel Pension Partnership can be viewed and downloaded here.

Further dialogue between SWAP and Brunel will be published on this page as it becomes available.

GET INVOLVED!

To achieve objectives #1 and #2 we need a mass movement of people across the Brunel patch (see map above), to persuade their Council Pension Fund to take the last remaining £ millions (that's pension fund member's and council tax payer's money), out of dirty fossil fuels, and into sustainable investments that will create a genuinely safe future for us all.

Click on the map to go to a page for your LGPS area. You will find contacts for the local campaign group, plus the campaign toolkit with lots of useful guidance on the actions you can take. collectively and individually!

Clean Green Pension Scheme Campaign Launch

You can watch and listen to the recording of our SWAP Campaign Launch Event (May 2022), with talks from Carla Denyer (Green Party Co-Leader and Bristol City Councillor), Roger McKenzie (General Secretary Liberation), Gareth Lowe (Unite SW Regional Lead Environment Officer), Joel Moreland (Professional Climate Investor)

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/tN6RCsPO9jULwClzFDiYRi0oGdqYTf86yad1-pmpDGCv_mKXgV7nt6FGyldptc4A.X-wKUa7GkJEDucwR

To contact SWAP central group email Caz de-net@hotmail.co.uk and/or Julie-Ann juliebooker@btinternet.com, who are enthusiastic to hear from you!

If you go to dtaction.co.uk/pensions, you will find more background info about SWAP.

Lots of useful information on the UK Divest Resources page

Climate Jobs

The transition away from a fossil-fuel based economy, will bring changes to the type of work people may do in the near future, and generates positive opportunities. This book by the Campaign Against Climate Change (Trade Union Group) is very informative.

Click on the image to access a PDF version

https://www.campaigncc.org/climatejobs
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