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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 10:34

Two Australian religious orders join global pledge to divest from fossil fuels

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fossilfree150The Presentation Society of Australia and Papua New Guinea, and the Missionary Society of St Columban have joined a global pledge by seven groups on the feastday of St Francis of Assissi to divest from fossil fuel investments, according to a media release from the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC).

Columban Superior General, Fr. Kevin O’Neill, says of the pledge, “Columbans have a long history of commitment to caring for the Earth as part of our missionary identity. We see our Socially and Environmentally Responsible Investment policy as an important expression of that commitment and
therefore are exploring ways to direct our investments towards funds which respond positively to our issue priorities such as renewable energy, community-based microenterprise, and peace initiatives.”

Similarly, the President of the Presentation Society of Australia and Papua New Guinea, Sr Marlette Black, pbvm, said that the Society “has made the commitment to work towards divestment of investments that are at the expense of the environment, human rights, the public safety and local
communities. Presentation Sisters in Australia and Papua New Guinea believe that the healing of the planet will only come
about with care for Earth and the whole community of life. We are one planet and one Earth community and we have a common destiny.”

They join the other religious orders who have pledged to divest: the Jesuits in English Canada; the Federation of Christian Organisations for the International Voluntary Service (FOCSIV) in Italy; SSM Health in the United States; and the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco–Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Milan and Naples (Italy).

Read the media release in full published on 4 October 2016 by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC).