“The future of finance must be clean” – historic Cape Town summit closes

Huge momentum on divesting from fossil fuels as unprecedented faith based commitments join a strong statement against shareholder engagement strategies  11 September, 2019 Cape Town, South Africa: Working together over two days at the global ‘Financing the Future Summit’ advocates made several commitments that give real power to the fight against climate change, and build …

Global Climate Strike: It’s Time To Stand With The Kids

On 20 September, the youth of Cape Town will take to the streets for the third time this year to protest the SA Government’s lack of action on the climate emergency: South Africa is warming at a rate nearly double the global average. Learners from around 50 schools across the city mobilised by the African Climate Alliance will be …

Positive visions: The climate opportunity

Dealing comprehensively with the climate crisis arguably demands cultural, political and social changes that run far deeper than just dropping coal power in favour of wind and solar. Part of this is that the world needs to move away from an extractivist economic model towards a restorative economic model. This insight is beginning to inform political thought that links …

Gwede Mantashe: The Minister for Economic Destruction and Human Under-development?

As our new Minister of Mineral and Energy Resources fights to keep our economy in the dark ages, aided and abetted by a media sector credulous enough to repeat 'clean coal' rhetoric,* it's worth trying to get a sense of the full damage being done. As a Minister, his duty is to a Constitution that …

Climate-Proofing Retirement Funds: first thoughts

We held our first-ever 'Climate-Proofing Retirement Funds' events in Cape Town and Johannesburg this week, focused on asset owners, particularly retirement fund boards. We were honoured to host Fiona Reynolds, CEO of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, as a keynote speaker at both events. LINK TO ALL PRESENTATION VIDEOS Our Johannesburg event was 80% …

Mission-aligned Investment Seminar

You are invited to a Mission-Aligned Investing Seminar for South African leaders in philanthropy, faith, education and city governance. The Seminar will bring together mission-driven leaders from across South Africa to focus on how we can finance a just, fossil fuel-free future in which everyone has access to renewable energy. Keynote address: Ellen Dorsey, Executive …

Climate-Proofing South African Retirement Funds (Twin events)

The early effects of global climate breakdown, from the devastating Northern Cape drought to Cyclone Idai, are hitting South Africa. Climate protests, now led by millions of school children, are multiplying around the world.  Funds worth over $8 trillion have committed to fossil fuel divestment, while 477 investors worth a combined $34 trillion in assets …

Global Climate Divest-Invest Summit comes to Cape Town

The Global Climate Divest-Invest Summit is coming to Cape Town in September 2019! Register now: https://financingthefuture.global/ Financing a fossil fuel-free future in which everyone has access to renewable energy – especially the 1 billion people living in energy poverty – is indispensable to solving the climate crisis. With little time left before we lock in …

A practical guide: How non-profits (and schools, universities, churches, foundations) can multiply their effectiveness with responsible investment strategies that address climate change

We've just published an article on the Daily Maverick explaining how non-profits can multiply their impacts by ensuring that they are not directly or indirectly (via funders) invested in companies making unduly large contributions to environmental and social damage, especially climate breakdown. But how do you actually do this? Here's a practical guide to action. …