Where is your treasure?

«For where your treasure is there your heart will also be» (Luke 12, 34).

What is divestment?

Divestment means making sure your finances do not fund the extraction of fossil fuels around the globe. That means either selling assets related to the fossil fuel industry or committing publicly never to invest in those dangerous and dirty industries. It means investing in a better future, and shifting power away from companies that are not aligned with climate science.

Where is your treasure?

Jesus taught us that our “true treasure” is what we must accumulate in heaven, not on earth. But what about the earthly treasures that we also have? The words of Jesus are just as valid and our lifestyle must be consistent: our investments, both personal and those of our institutions, cannot feed an industry that destroys our planet. Therefore, we must find a “good place” to invest those earthly treasures. A place where profitability and the search for the common good meet.

Divest your treasure


  • Your money matters
  • Is your money being used to fund the climate crisis?
  • Find out by checking how your bank is acting
  • If you've discovered that your bank is funding the climate crisis, don’t panic! There may be a way for you to try to prevent that.

Banks give your money (via loans or via financial services) to fossil fuel companies so more coal, oil, and gas can be extracted, more pipelines can be built, and more money will line the pockets of a few corporate executives. Do you know where your money is? Check how green your bank is. 


  • Start the conversation
  • Check your institution's mission and values
  • Review your institution's financial policies
  • Choose the type of divestment
  • Make the decision

Catholic institutions have already divested from fossil fuels. These include bishops’ conferences, archdioceses, dioceses and religious orders all around the world. Your institution can join this list of catholic institutions worldwide that are prophetically acting to “hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”. Start the conversation with your institution.