Friends Provident Foundation lends its support to global strike for climate


Date: 17/09/2019

Friends Provident Foundation has announced it will be participating in the Global Climate Strikes on Friday 20 September, joining young climate strikers on the streets of the city of York to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and climate justice for everyone.


The Climate Strikes are the latest in a wave of inspirational climate action being spearheaded by children and young people. They began in August 2018 when 15-year-old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis.


The Foundation wishes to stand alongside other employers, investors and institutions that are playing their part in changing their operations and ways of working to try to keep global heating below 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels. This is the level considered ‘safe’ by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which states ‘global net human-caused emissions of CO2 would need to fall by about 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net zero around 2050.’

We recognise that business as usual risks climate breakdown with profound consequences for people and planet. We view the prevention of environmental systems breakdown as prerequisite to achieving our objective of a sustainable and fair economy. The scientific evidence is clear that without rapid and far-reaching changes in energy, land use, transport, buildings, industry, and the economic system itself, we face man-made climate catastrophe and a new extinction event.

Danielle Walker-Palmour

Read our climate declaration here