The Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) will take place in San Francisco on September 12-14, 2018, organized by California Governor Jerry Brown. At the GCAS, the Divest Invest Network will celebrate recent commitments to divest + invest across a range of sectors – insurers, pension funds, universities, faith groups, philanthropy and more.
They will release the latest tally of assets under management committed to divestment via a new “state of the movement” report by Arabella Advisors. As in previous years, the report will be grounded in historical trends, looking at the growth of the movement and its contribution to the larger global climate dialogue.
They will be holding a press event outside the summit on Monday, September 10 and speaking at the summit on Thursday, September 13, in the context of the “Transformative Climate Investments” track.
The Divest Invest Network will work with leading social change PR firm Fenton Communications on press conference strategy, reporter outreach, messaging and speaker prep.
A focus of their messaging will be the idea that “Divest Invest” is the only choice consistent with Paris goals, commensurate with the timeline of climate change.
Another key component of their narrative is the growth in city and subnational commitments to divestment. The commitments from the mayors of New York City and London have begun to mainstream the idea that pension funds have a fiduciary duty to divest. There is a mayors’ pledge to help create a Divest Invest Cities coalition in partnership with C40.
In the context of sub-national leadership, Divest Invest is also looking to highlight new divestment commitments and announcements by colleges and universities.
This is a meaningful opportunity for any school that is planning on – or close to a decision on – divesting from fossil fuels. The coordinated publicity push and press event organized by Divest Invest Network, in conjunction with the attention the GCAS is expected to attract will help schools that announce as part of this larger effort earn more press coverage and positive impact from their divestment commitment.
For more information on this opportunity reach out to Georges Dyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.