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More UK trustees add support to climate charter

first_imgAccording to a statement issued by Mallowstreet today, new signatories included representatives of the pension funds for Lloyds Banking Group, insurance company Aviva and energy distributor National Grid. Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, co-founder and director of Mallowstreet, said: “The investment community has the power to make a meaningful difference in the fight against climate change, and it needs to use this power now.“What the Climate Charter will achieve is that at every trustee meeting of pension funds someone will ask, ‘if we make this investment, what is the impact on the climate?’, putting the climate emergency at the top of the agenda. We want everyone to ask their pension fund provider what they are doing to combat climate change.”Those who have signed up to the charter have done so in a personal capacity, meaning it is not binding on the pension funds they represent.Mallowstreet has also called on pension fund members to write to their schemes to demand that they sign up to the charter. More UK trustees and pension fund managers have pledged support for a ‘climate change charter’ to increase scrutiny of asset managers.In total, 76 individuals representing pension funds with a combined £367bn (€414.2bn) of assets have signed the Climate Charter, set up by pensions industry forum Mallowstreet.Signatories have committed to scrutinise all investments made to assess the impact on the environment and climate change.The forum launched the charter in June, and it was initially supported by three senior individuals working for UK pension funds: Paul Trickett, a trustee at three major schemes including RPMI Railpen; Mark Tennant, chairman of the £8bn Centrica Common Investment Fund; and Rosie Lacey, group pensions manager of the £970m De La Rue Pension Scheme.last_img read more

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Which hot new Irish band is playing in Inishowen tonight?

first_imgWith their debut album on the horizon, 2016 will be a seminal year for Cult Called Man. They will be playing in Mcgrory’s of Culdaff tonight.With 17 Irish tour dates and two Electric Picnic slots under their belts, A Cult Called Man are making waves on the Irish music scene. With a sound that evokes equal parts of David Bowie and Jim Henson’s Muppets, Cult Called Man’s distinctive feel singles them out amongst a music scene that is increasingly relying on imitation rather than innovation to lead them along the path to success.With standout performances at Electric Picnic’s Salty Dog and Trailer Park stages, along with appearances at nearly every major Irish Festival and a support slot with Anton Newcombe in Dublin’s prestigious Sugar Club, Cult Called Man stand poised to bring their live spectacle to an even greater audience this year.Which hot new Irish band is playing in Inishowen tonight? was last modified: November 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:a cult called manAlternativeculdaffgigmake it easyMcGrorysMUSICpoplast_img read more

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by Gabriela Von Euw CARP Bay Area  Everybody can

first_imgby Gabriela Von Euw, CARP Bay Area “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.Every year on the third Monday of January, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is celebrated nationally through service projects, as a way to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts to stand up for peace and better our country. Martin Luther King, Jr. has inspired millions to go out, serve others, and lend a helping hand to our communities. This year, over 2,000 volunteers attended the Oakland service project to honor Dr. King’s birthday weekend.Volunteer Service is not just about cleaning, gardening, pulling weeds, etc., but about what we can learn about ourselves and each other. It’s a time when people from many different backgrounds and beliefs gather together to help make a difference in the world, letting go of the barriers that may divide us. It’s a peaceful time where we can all do something small to create a big change.This year, we had many projects available in the Bay Area where volunteers could serve by picking up trash, re-painting old walls and gates, weeding, gardening, and more. Our two main projects were at the Rose Garden and at the Oakland Animal Shelter. At the Rose Garden, we had 60 people come from the Bay Area Family Church (BAFC). We also had Boy Scouts, High School students, CARP members, and other community members participate. We went around the gardens in small groups clearing the vines and weeds around the trees. It was tough work, but everyone remained high spirited working together.“Our service project was at Rose Garden, and I was caught off-guard to see how many beer bottles were surrounding the tree area which we were responsible to clean. It was clear that the garden was being misused. However, while working with other volunteers, I learned that the garden was also a place used for presenting ‘Mother of the Year’ awards to female citizens who best embodied ‘motherhood.’ I felt that despite what I saw in the garden, by serving and cleaning it, I was contributing to reviving the garden for that heavenly purpose.” – Junta Naito, CARP Bay AreaEvery year, a group goes out from the BAFC to volunteer at the Rose Garden which Oakland greatly appreciates. On Saturday, a small group of about eight of high school and CARP college students went out to the Oakland Animal Shelter to put together kennel beds for the animals in the shelter and re-painted the fading yellow gates. We also had a few others from the Oakland community and Oakland counsel join us in the service work.“As a young college student, I am building deeper roots in my beliefs and values. [School] makes me face polarized views in many different avenues. It is sometimes exhausting to deal with. There is so much in the world that people disagree about; however, one thing that almost everyone can come to common ground is acts of service. I was moved to see so many groups and individuals come out to simply serve the community. It gave me hope that someday we can find common ground on a bigger scale, so we can come accomplish even greater things.” – Erika Gordon, CARP Bay AreaThe Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf, visited and helped at each project. At the end of the project, we took a group picture with the mayor at the Animal Shelter. It was a successful weekend of service with many hardworking people from all over coming together to beautify our community we live in! Let’s keep the spirit of serving beyond this day!last_img read more

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