A Greenwich group campaigning for the council to end its investments in harmful fossil fuels are hosting their first event.

Divest Greenwich will host their first ever event in a bid to end Greenwich Council’s pension fund investments in oil, gas and coal companies.

In March it was revealed that Greenwich Council's pension fund has £17 million invested in fossil fuels along with what is expected to be far more via indirect funds.

Greenwich West Labour councillor Mehboob Khan has backed the campaign and welcomed the offer made by the council to meet with Divest Greenwich.

He said: “The Divest Greenwich campaign is about influencing policy within other parts of the public and private sector to make a real difference.

“The purpose of the event is to encourage wider public understanding of the Divest Greenwich campaign, to let people understand it has a national context.”

London Assembly members voted for a motion to divest from fossil fuels on March 11.

A recent report by health charity Medact found air pollution caused by fossil fuels accounts for approximately 5 per cent of all UK deaths.

A short film informing the public about divestment will be followed by the opportunity for questions to be answered by experts.

The event will be held from 7.00-8.30 in St. Alfege Church Hall on July 2.