Sherelee Odayar, Program Officer at South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA): “From all groups, an overwhelming call emerged for dramatically increased investment in distributed, people-led renewable energy solutions, building strong, intersectoral collaboration (such as the links between food, energy, just transition, waste, and other areas), and strengthening communication on health and energy in relation to these issues.
Francois Strydom, Portfolio Manager, Simeka Wealth announced the creation of a fossil free investment fund that would invest in South Africa and globally. This fund is the first of its kind in South Africa.
Glen Tyler-Davies, 350 South Africa: “A delegation from this Summit will meet tomorrow morning with the Portfolio Committee of Minerals and Energy of the South African Government to deliver them the outcomes and commitments from this Summit and to urge them to implement commitments consistent with these outcomes.”
Imam Saffet Catovic, Senior Islamic Advisor, GreenFaith: “The Fiqh Council of North America announces that its South African equivalent, representing Muslims in South Africa, has called an emergency meeting to consider adopting the Fiqh Council’s divest-invest fatwa. Dr. Hayu Prabowo, the Indonesian representative of the Ulema Council, that country’s highest level Islamic authority, has committed to presenting the fatwa to that Council for its consideration.”
Swaminathan Venkataraman, Hindu America Foundation: “The Hindu America Foundation, India-based MSA Renewtech Foundation, the Art of Living Foundation and GreenFaith announce that they intend to create an investment index that reflects Dharmic values and that, from a climate change perspective, would incorporate, among other factors, the impact of fossil fuels, deforestation, and industrial animal agriculture. The index would be globally applicable and would serve as guidance for Dharmic investors in the global capital markets.”
Daniela Finamore, Global Catholic Climate Movement and James Buchanan, Operation Noah: “The Global Catholic Climate Movement and Operation Noah are delighted to announce that 22 Christian faith institutions have committed to divest from fossil fuels. These include 15 Catholic commitments including the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines, the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa, and Caritas agencies in Italy, Singapore, Australia and Norway. Seven Protestant commitments include the United Reformed Church in the UK and St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh, the first cathedral in the world to divest.”
Kaya Shlomi, Sustainable Outcomes Junior Specialist, Healthy Waters Team, Auckland Council: “The University of Auckland, New Zealand, the country’s largest university, divested from fossil fuels thanks to a 5-year, student-led campaign which used tactics including petitions, reports, creative actions, and an occupation of the vice chancellor’s office. The endowment is worth 224 million New Zealand dollars.
Stigmata Tenga, Executive Director, Africa Philanthropy Network: “The African Philanthropy Network announces that it will convene a meeting of African philanthropies and practitioners on increasing the roll-out of renewable energy in Africa.”
Stephanie Brancaforte, Executive Director, Change.org: “Fund our Future in partnership with Change.org announce the launch of the Green New Deal for Africa, a systemic, crowd-sourced response to the Divest-Invest movement that addresses the North-South extractive relationship and calls on partners from all sectors to become involved in this historic redress.”