Why Divest?

Clearly, God’s creation and creatures are suffering from climate change caused by the burning of fossil fuels. But why divestment as one strategy toward healing?


Divestment is a powerful public statement removing moral license from big oil, gas and coal companies, which generate huge profits and overly influence public policy, even while the planet is quickly warming toward an uninhabitable state.


As a strategy, divestment communicates the urgent need to leave untapped 80% of the known carbon reserves and invest in renewable energies capable of meeting humanity's needs. The divestment movement is growing internationally, including hundreds of universities, colleges, cities, counties, and religious organizations.


The underlying moral imperative for the church, in keeping with God’s covenant with all things alive and yet to be born (Genesis 9), is to withdraw its support from companies that profit from destroying creation.


Why divestment? For creation!


Learn more about climate change, the reason why we must be fossil free

In June 2018, more than two dozen people walked  from Louisville, KY (where the PCUSA is headquartered), to St. Louis, MO (where the 223rd General Assembly was meeting). 


The PC(USA) Walk for a Fossil Free World focused on three things:

  1. Calling on the PC(USA) to divest from fossil fuels.
  2. Learning about climate change and walking with front line communities already experiencing the effects of climate change.
  3. Minimizing our carbon footprint on the journey to General Assembly.


Every morning began with prayer and every evening ended with a teach-in and worship. In between, we walked 10 to 20  miles. 


You can watch the videos of each teach-in below.


June 2, 6pm ET

Dr. David Robinson, NJ State Climatologist

The science of climate change


June 3, 6pm ET

Paoli Jammers and friends

Rural responses to environmental issues



June 4, 6pm ET

Dr. Theodore Hiebert, Professor of Old Testament and Dean of the Faculty at McCormick Theological Seminary

The Bible, ecology, and humanity



June 5, 7 pm ET

Poor People’s Campaign



June 6, 6:30pm ET

Camp Hanover staff and Jed and Jenny Koball, Mission Co-Workers in Peru

Environmental racism



June 7, 6pm CT

Peter Krull, CEO of Earth Equity Advisors

Investments and Divestments



June 8, 6pm CT

Fossil Fuels and Economy



June 9, 6pm CT

Iliana and Justina Anise, Ed Cake, Irene McIntosh

Surviving Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina



June 10, 6pm CT

Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Food Systems and climate change



June 11, 7pm CT

Jose Colon and Abby Brockway

Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria, Civil disobedience in the time of climate change



June 12, 6pm CT

Rev. Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderator of the PCUSA (Co-Moderator’s participation does not indicate endorsement of a particular overture)

Worshipping together



June 13, 6pm CT

Dr. Ched Myers, Activist Theologian and Biblical Scholar

Exodus and climate change implications



June 14

Doreen Simmonds and Oluwatosin Omotayo Kolawole

Global perspectives on climate change impacts