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Insights, Uniting Church Warren Bird 23/12/19
I was not expecting the keynote address to be such a moving presentation. I was at a conference of investment managers after all!

However, as the courageous young woman on the podium spoke clearly and passionately about her pain and that of her family and her village, her words had a powerful impact: “Investors, are you satisfied that your bank balance growth has been achieved with the loss of so much blood?”

There's lots to admire in the Islamic approach to finance

Stuff Janine Starks Mar 29 2019
OPINION: Sonny Bill Williams once taped over the BNZ logo on his rugby shirt. Most people knew he was objecting to "banks" and probably assumed it was for the same reason we all jump up and down - the level of profits made. It wasn't that at all.

How the Church of England led the climate push on miner Glencore

London: The Church of England says it is sensitive to the effects its bid to force Australia's largest miner, Glencore, to extract less coal will have on the nation's economy, but climate change is a global issue that must be urgently addressed.

The church's investment fund took the lead as part of the powerful Climate Action 100+ group of wealthy global investors in pushing Glencore to cap its coal production at current levels.

Church Leaders join those galvanizing for Climate action

Church Leaders and Churches Climate Network joins those galvanizing for Climate action and laments US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

5th June 2017 F.
The Churches Climate Network in New Zealand profoundly laments the withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement for climate stabilization.
The US decision shows the forces of economic self interest clashing with tide of long term transitions to an economy aligned with the planet. ‘The Paris Agreement brought about global recognition of human interdependence with the biosphere and churches are taking action for the transition’ says Rev. Dr Betsan Martin, Convenor of the Churches Climate Network.

Fatih-based investing: doing good and doing well

NEW YORK (RNS) Sister Patricia Daly is a Dominican nun who has been lobbying corporations to be socially responsible for so long that she has a rich trove of stories about battling recalcitrant execs and pushing faith-based resolutions at shareholder meetings.

Fossil fuel divestment and living Laudato Si'

The start of a push for Catholic divestment from coal, oil and gas extractive industries is now well under way. Another boost was given at World Youth Day via a letter signed by over 120 youth organisations delivered to Pope Francis. In it, they urged him to support fossil fuel divestment and asked him to ensure the Vatican’s own financial institution cuts its ties with extractive industries. A call from young people will no doubt be significant to Pope Francis.

Catholic investing in changing times

Poor coal.

It seems like everyone is running for the door these days when it comes to investing in this dirty fossil fuel.

The country of Norway and the city of Seattle are moving to divest their funds from coal.

Religious organizations like the United Church of Christ, the Church of England, and universities like Oxford, Stanford and Georgetown have announced plans to either divest from coal or reduce their holdings.

Pope Francis: planet facing ‘unprecedented destruction’

Landmark papal encyclical mobilises world's 1.2 billion Catholics in battle against climate change
Pope Francis blamed the rich and powerful for placing the planet in danger “unprecedented in the history of humanity” as he demanded urgent and concerted global action against climate change.

The Earth is rapidly being turned into “an immense pile of filth” by unbridled human greed, he warns in a blistering critique of the “sin” of environmental destruction.

In a landmark papal encyclical – addressed to “every person living on this planet” – he said there is now a “solid scientific consensus” that mankind is at least mostly responsible for global warming.

Pope Francis talks about ethical investing while addressing a group of entrepreneurs

How can investors link profit to solidarity? The topic was addressed by Pope Francis as he spoke before a conference on ethical investing.

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