New York to divest from fossil fuels

New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio

Last week New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the City is moving forward with full fossil fuel divestment. The city’s five pension funds will divest $5 billion in securities from over 100 fossil fuel reserve owners. The City is also launching a lawsuit against five major oil companies. The case it that they knew about climate change 50 years ago and deceived the public and their own shareholders.

Bill McKibben, co-founder of welcomed the developments, saying; “New York City today becomes a capital of the fight against climate change on this planet.” Author Naomi Klein also expressed her delight saying; “The politically impossible suddenly seems possible”.

Trócaire highlights 7 facts on refugees 

To mark World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sunday last, Trocaire published seven facts on displacement around the world.

  1. Each day, an average of 28,300 people are displaced from their homes due to violence or persecution.
  2. Globally, there are 65,000,000 people forcibly displaced from their homes.
  3. Over half of refugees (55%) worldwide come from just three countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan.
  4. Of the 10 countries who host the largest number of refugees, five are in Asia or the Middle East, four are in Africa, and just one is in Europe, i.e. Turkey.
  5. More than half the refugees worldwide are under the age of 18, even though children make up 31 percent of the world’s population.
  6. A total of 2.6 million refugees – over half the population of the Republic of Ireland – live in refugee camps. Four of the largest camps in the world are located in Kenya and are home to refugees fleeing conflict in Somalia and South Sudan.
  7. The single biggest programme Trócaire operates today is supporting people displaced by conflict in Myanmar. Trócaire works in over twenty countries and displacement is a feature of life in almost all of them.

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