Major Milestone & New Commitments In Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement To Be Revealed By Global Coalition

October 21, 2021

Washington, D.C — On Tuesday, October 26, a coalition of organizations, cities and advocates will announce that the fossil fuel divest-invest movement has reached a game-changing new milestone and will reveal new significant institutional commitments ahead of the international climate talks (COP26). Building on a recent wave of new divestment announcements from thought and financial leaders such as Harvard University, Boston University, California State University, the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Caisses de Depots, and La Banque Postale, these developments demonstrate the fossil fuel divestment movement has reached a threshold moment. 

The event will feature mayors, leaders of religious institutions and foundations, and movement activists. The coalition will release a new report on the progress of the fossil fuel divestment movement, which assembles recent research and case studies that prove the growing power of the movement, its financial effectiveness, and the need for institutions to now dedicate new investment into climate solutions and renewable energy. 

Speaker list will be continually updated as confirmed until October 26. 



  • Mayor Eduardo Paes, Rio De Janeiro

  • Fr. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam, The Vatican 

  • Tara Houska, Couchiching First Nation, Tribal Attorney & Founder of Giniw Collective

  • Reverend Yearwood, President & CEO, HipHop Caucus

  • Tom Sanzillo, Director Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

  • Emily Phan, University of New Mexico LEAF

  • Aden Singh, Student Activist, College Climate Coalition Coordinator  

  • Thomas Lopez, Future Coalition

  • Tomás Insua, Executive Director, Laudato Si’ Movement

  • Stephen Trew, Church of Ireland

  • Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40 Cities

  • Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director Wallace Global Fund

  • Richard Brooks, Climate Finance Director,




Partners Include:, C40, IEEFA, Laudato Si Movement,, Stop the Money Pipeline, Climate Defense Project, DivestEd, DivestInvest, Future Coalition, Fossil Free Media, People and Planet, GreenFaith, Sunrise Project, Giniw Collective, Climate Change Collaboration, BothEnds, Operation Noah , As You Sow, Market Forces, Just Share, World Council of Churches, Anglican Church of Southern Africa and Wallace Global Fund. 


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