• Stop investing Brighton and Hove's Pension Fund in fossil fuels
    Burning fossil fuels (oil, coal & gas) - which releases the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere - is the main driver of climate change. Massive reductions in carbon emissions will be necessary before 2030 if the world’s governments are to follow through on their stated commitment (‘the Paris agreement’) to hold global warming to ‘well below’ 2ºC, 'pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5º C. Failure to do so would be truly disastrous. In particular, the vast majority of proven reserves of fossil fuels will have to remain in the ground unburnt. Yet despite this, in 2019 the oil and gas industries were forecast to spend $4.9 trillion over the next decade on new oil and gas fields - none of which is compatible with limiting warming to 1.5°C. As of 31 December 2020, the East Sussex Pension Fund – the local government pension scheme for East Sussex, Brighton and Hove - had £76.4 million of local people's pensions invested in fossil fuels. These investments not only threaten the climate, but also pose a significant financial danger to the Fund. In 2015 the then-Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, warned that investors in these fossil fuels faced ‘potentially huge’ losses from climate change action that could make vast reserves of oil, coal and gas ‘literally unburnable’. After coal demand peaked in 2014, UK public pension funds lost nearly a billion dollars as the value of their coal investments plummeted. Oil and gas are next. And the East Sussex Pension Fund's policy of ‘engaging’ with fossil fuel companies simply isn’t working. Indeed, despite many years of such ‘engagement’ not a single major fossil fuel company has yet re-aligned its business model with a 2ºC world, let alone a 1.5ºC one. And there are no precedents for a company changing its core business model following pressure from shareholders. By getting institutions like the East Sussex Pension Fund to publicly commit to divesting from fossil fuels, we can help to undermine the political power of the fossil fuel companies that continue to block effective action on climate change by the world’s governments. It’s time to divest from fossil fuels. Who supports divesting the East Sussex Pension Fund? - Maria Caulfield, Conservative MP for Lewes - Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion - Hastings Borough Council - Brighton & Hove City Council - Lewes District Council - Lewes Town Council - UNISON (the public service union) What else can I do? (a) Tell your friends, family and workmates about the campaign and ask them to sign the petition; (b) If you use social media then follow the campaign on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/divesteastsussex] and / or Twitter [https://twitter.com/DivestEast] and share our posts; (c) If you're a member of the Pension Fund then please sign this petition to ESCC, calling on it to divest the Pension Fund from fossil fuels: https://tinyurl.com/memberspetition. The Council has claimed that 'There’s no evidence that most [East Sussex Pension Fund] members or other stakeholders consider divestment from fossil fuel companies a pressing issue ...' Help prove them wrong! You can also send a short message to the Chair of the East Sussex Pension Committee, the decision-making body for the Fund, using this adaptable template: https://act.350.org/letter/eastsussex
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  • Members of East Sussex Pension Fund Call for Divestment!
    Burning fossil fuels (oil, coal & gas) is the main driver of climate change. Massive reductions in carbon emissions will be necessary before 2030 if the world’s governments are to follow through on their stated commitment (‘the Paris agreement’) to hold global warming to ‘well below’ 2ºC. Failure to do so would be truly disastrous. In particular, the vast majority of proven reserves of fossil fuels will have to remain in the ground unburnt. Yet despite this, in 2019 the oil and gas industries were forecast to spend $4.9 trillion over the next decade on new oil and gas fields - none of which is compatible with limiting warming to 1.5°C. As of 31 December 2020, the East Sussex Pension Fund – the local government pension scheme for East Sussex, Brighton and Hove - had £76.4 million of local people's pensions invested in fossil fuels. These investments not only threaten the climate, but also pose a significant financial danger to the Fund. In 2015 the then-Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, warned that investors in these fossil fuels faced ‘potentially huge’ losses from climate change action that could make vast reserves of oil, coal and gas ‘literally unburnable’. After coal demand peaked in 2014, UK public pension funds lost nearly a billion dollars as the value of their coal investments plummeted. Oil and gas are next. And the Council’s policy of ‘engaging’ with fossil fuel companies simply isn’t working. Indeed, despite many years of such ‘engagement’ not a single major oil company has yet re-aligned its business model with a 2ºC world, let alone a 1.5ºC one. And there are no precedents for a company changing its core business model following pressure from shareholders. By getting institutions like the East Sussex Pension Fund to publicly commit to divesting from fossil fuels, we can help to undermine the political power of the fossil fuel companies that continue to block effective action on climate change by the world’s governments. It’s time to divest from fossil fuels. Who supports divesting the East Sussex Pension Fund? - Maria Caulfield, Conservative MP for Lewes - Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion - Hastings Borough Council - Brighton & Hove City Council - Lewes District Council - Lewes Town Council - UNISON (the public service union) What else can I do? (a) The Council has claimed that 'There’s no evidence that most [East Sussex Pension Fund] members or other stakeholders consider divestment from fossil fuel companies a pressing issue ...' Help prove them wrong by sending a short message to the Chair of the East Sussex Pension Committee, the decision-making body for the Fund. You can do this using our template text (which you can adapt as you see fit) here: https://act.350.org/letter/eastsussex (b) Tell your friends, family and workmates about the campaign (c) If you use social media then follow us on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/divesteastsussex] and / or Twitter [https://twitter.com/DivestEast] and share our posts. (c) If you live of work in Brighton or Hove then please also sign this petition to East Sussex County Council demanding that Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) be granted adequate representation on the Pension Committee that controls the Fund (it currently has no representation at all): https://tinyurl.com/bhccrepresentation
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  • To XSchool headmaster - we need a Fossil free ABP
    Pressure is growing on ABP to stop funding the climate crisis - now is the time to make our voice heard.
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  • #ExitSpiritEnergy: Stadtwerke München raus aus der Förderung fossiler Brennstoffe!
    Um ihren beschlossenen klimapolitischen Zielen „Klimaneutralität 2035“ gerecht zu werden und den Klimanotstand ernst zu nehmen, muss die Stadt München endlich konsequent handeln und mit gutem Beispiel vorangehen. Der Großteil der fossilen Reserven von Öl und Gas muss aber weltweit ungenutzt im Boden bleiben, um das +1,5 Grad Celsius Ziel aus dem Pariser Abkommen gerade noch zu erreichen. Somit laufen die SWM zudem ernste Gefahr, dass ihre Investitionen in Spirit Energy massive Wertverluste erleiden und als stranded assets, „gescheiterte Investitionen“, abgeschrieben werden müssen. Das wären verlorene Millionen-Beträge der SWM zulasten der Stadt München, ihrer Bürger*innen und Steuerzahler*innen. Die bayerische Gemeindeordnung erlaubt der Stadt München und ihrer Tochter Stadtwerke nur die für die kommunale Daseinsvorsorge Münchens elementaren Aufgaben und Tätigkeiten wahrzunehmen z.B. im Energie- und Wärmesektor, nicht aber die Spekulation am Weltmarkt, um dort Gewinne zu erzielen. Angesichts der weltweiten Fördermengen und der sinkenden Preise ist die Erdöl- und Erdgasförderung der SWM in der Nordsee für den europäischen und globalen Markt in keiner Weise mit der Brennstoffversorgung für München zu begründen. Langfristig und nachhaltig kann die Versorgungssicherheit für München nur durch erneuerbare Energien sichergestellt werden. Deshalb: verbindlicher Ausstieg aus fossilen Brennstoffen! Diese Petition wurde gestartet von folgenden Organisationen: Fossil Free München,Fridays For Future München, Students For Future München, Green City e.V., Netzwerk Klimaherbst e.V., Extinction Rebellion Munich, AG ÖkoSozial, Parents For Future München, Protect the Planet, Bündnis Raus aus der Steinkohle, WissenLeben e.V., rehab republic e.V., NordSüd Forum München e.V., Landesbund für Vogelschutz (LBV) Kreisgruppe München, Oekom e.V., Münchner Initiative Nachhaltigkeit (MIN)
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  • Saarbrücker Geld sozial-ökologisch, zukunftsfähig anlegen!
    Begründung Die Umsetzung der Fossil Free Resolutionen ist eine Investition in die Zukunft - für die Stabilität unserer Ökosysteme, für den Zusammenhalt in unserer Gesellschaft, für den Ausbau von guten Arbeitsplätzen in nachhaltigen und gemeinwohlfördernden Sektoren, für die Gesundheit, Freiheit und das Glück dieser und der nächsten Generationen - egal welcher sozialen oder geografischen Herkunft. Die Wissenschaft ist klar: Die globale Gemeinschaft - jedoch insbesondere die industrialisierten Länder - muss den Temperaturanstieg auf 1,5° C begrenzen. Nur so kann der Zusammenbruch der Ökosysteme aufgehalten werden. Ein höherer Temperaturanstieg riskiert das Überleben von Gemeinschaften im Globalen Süden schon heute und letztlich der gesamten menschlichen Zivilisation in naher Zukunft. Gleichzeitig gehören die immer weiter klaffende Schere zwischen Arm und Reich und die Vertreibung einer wachsenden Zahl von Menschen aus ihren Heimatländern durch die Klimakrise und die Destabilisierung von Staaten und Regionen zu den drängendsten Herausforderungen unserer Zeit. Die Fossil Free Resolution fordert Städte, Kreise und Kommunen auf, den wirtschaftlichen und ökologischen Wandel voranzutreiben, um den Kollaps unserer Gesellschaften und Ökosysteme zu verhindern. Die Last dieses Übergangs darf dabei nicht auf den Schultern ökonomisch oder strukturell benachteiligter Bevölkerungsschichten, alter und junger Menschen, Schwarzer Menschen und Menschen of Color, Menschen mit Fluchterfahrung, Queerer Menschen, Menschen mit Behinderungen, Menschen die an fossilen Abbaugebieten leben, Menschen, die im fossilen Sektor oder im direkten Kontakt mit der Natur arbeiten oder den Menschen im Globalen Süden liegen. Tiefgreifender Wandel ist nur möglich, wenn eine beispiellose Zusammenarbeit auf allen Ebenen stattfindet. Der gerechte Übergang wird nicht von oben nach unten erfolgen. Er wird vor allen Dingen von betroffenen Menschen, engagierten Bürger*innen und Gemeinden vorangetrieben. Dies bietet die große Chance, unsere Gesellschaft zu mehr Gemeinwohl zu führen, von Wachstumslogik und Konkurrenz Abstand zu nehmen und ein solidarisches Miteinander zu fördern. Das kann gelingen, wenn Erfolg künftig an steigendem globalen, gesellschaftlichen Wohlbefinden und ökologischer Nachhaltigkeit und nicht an Wachstum von Unternehmensprofiten und Bruttoinlandsprodukt gemessen wird.
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  • Halte aux combustibles fossiles.
    En signant cette pétition vous nous aiderai à lutter contre les combustibles fossiles et sauver des miliers des vies .
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  • Go Green
    We have no planet B to live in. It's time to divest fossil fuels and move to renewable energy.
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  • En faveur des énergies renouvelables, disons non à la centrale à charbon de San-Pédro
    Les énergies fossiles (centrale à charbon propre) sont source de pollution, de maladie et de destruction de la terre ainsi que de la faune animale. Les energies solaires favorisent le développement durable, la prospérité, le bien être des communautés locales et représentent l'espoir pour la jeunesse par les emplois verts - durables et responsables. Fossil energies (clean coal power station) are a source of pollution, disease and the destruction of the earth and animal fauna. Solar energy promotes sustainable development, prosperity, the well being of local communities and represents hope for youth through green jobs - sustainable and responsible.
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  • TOGO 100 FOSSILE 2030
    Participons au developpement durable de nos communautés
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  • Stop aux investissements financiers et économiques dans les énergies fossiles à Toulon !
    • Considérant que les engagements pris dans l'Accord de Paris adopté à l'issue de la COP21 par lequel la communauté internationale s'est engagée à maintenir le réchauffement climatique « bien en-deçà de 2°C », • considérant que le 25 novembre dernier, l'Assemblée nationale a adopté une résolution pour une « société bas carbone », dans laquelle elle « encourage les investisseurs institutionnels, les entreprises, notamment celles dont l’État est actionnaire et les collectivités territoriales à cesser d’investir dans les énergies fossiles et notamment dans le charbon », • considérant que dans son rapport « Unburnable carbon », la Carbon Tracker Initiative démontre que les entreprises du secteur des énergies fossiles exploitent ou s'apprêtent à exploiter des réserves de charbon, de gaz et de pétrole représentant 2 795 gigatonnes d'émissions potentielles de CO2, soit 5 fois ce que nous devrons émettre si nous souhaitons contenir le réchauffement sous cette barre de 2°C, • considérant que des travaux récemment publiés par la revue Nature ont montré que l'ensemble des combustibles fossiles présents dans le sous-sol, gisements exploités, en passe de l'être ou simplement identifiés, représentent 11 000 gigatonnes d'émissions potentielles de C02, soit 20 fois ce que nous devrons émettre si nous souhaitons pouvoir maintenir le réchauffement climatique sous cette barre des 2°C, • considérant la campagne lancée il y a trois ans par le mouvement 350.org de « désinvestissement du secteur fossile » qui se fonde sur le constat que certaines institutions encouragent le réchauffement climatique en détenant des investissements directs dans les entreprises du secteur des énergies fossiles, 350.org demande à ces institutions d’initier une stratégie responsable d’investissement, social et écologique pour agir en faveur du climat, • considérant que les entreprises ciblées par cette campagne appartiennent toutes à la liste des 200 entreprises qui possèdent les plus grandes réserves de charbon, de gaz et de pétrole, autrement dit les principales sources d'émissions de CO2 à venir listées par la « Carbon tracker initiative », • considérant que pour initier un réel changement, 2 principaux acteurs sont à convaincre en priorité : les fonds de pension et les banques qui gèrent des portefeuilles d’investissement très importants, • considérant que les caisses de retraites de la Fonction Publique (IRCANTEC, ERAFP, CNRAC) ainsi que le fonds de réserve pour les retraites détiennent plusieurs milliards d'actions et obligations émises par ces mêmes entreprises, • considérant que plus de 500 villes, universités, musées et autres institutions se sont d’ores et déjà engagées dans cette démarche à l’image de San Francisco ou Seattle ou encore de l’université de Stanford, du fonds souverain de Norvège, de la fondation Rockefeller Brothers, rejointes par la ville de Paris et par 34 collectivités locales françaises (parmi lesquelles les villes, Lille et Bordeaux, les régions Île-de-France et Rhône-Alpes-Auvergne), • considérant que la commune de Toulon et la métropole TPM ont la même responsabilité de protéger la vie et l'environnement de leurs administré(e)s, des conséquences du changement climatique, le groupe local « Climat / Zéro Fossile / Toulon & Environs » demande à chacune et chacun d’être « actrice / acteur » de la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique en soutenant activement cette pétition, en la signant et en la diffusant le plus largement possible ! Pétition lancée à Toulon le 1er mai 2019 pour la 4ème marche pour le Climat ... Plus d'informations sont disponibles sur https://france.zerofossile.org
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  • We, Members Of Hackney Pension Fund, Demand Hackney Divest From Fossil Fuels
    Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity has encountered. Warming in excess of 1.5°C will have catastrophic consequences for millions of people across the planet [1]. In order to have a chance of staying below 2°C, let alone 1.5°C, 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must not be burnt [2]. If we want to keep warming to 1.5°C, we must keep the majority of fossil fuels in the ground. Yet, all available evidence suggests that fossil fuel companies intend to do just the opposite. They are determined to burn all the reserves within their control and look for even more oil, coal and gas. This burning would result in emissions five times larger than what it is deemed to be safe [3]. Hackney Council's Pension Fund currently has £75m invested in some of the biggest of these companies, including BP, Shell, Centrica, Rio Tinto and Exxon Mobil [4]. By investing in the fossil fuel industry, Hackney is attempting to profit from climate breakdown. Hackney Council has a responsibility to ensure its investments are financially sustainable and provide for pensioners for decades to come. Investing in fossil fuels will not do this. Fossil fuel investments are becoming increasingly risky as the cost of extraction rises and increased action on climate threatens to leave oil, coal and gas assets stranded [5]. Furthermore, recent financial studies have shown that divesting from fossil fuels can result in the same if not actually better returns to the pension fund [6]. Simply put, there is no good reason to keep these oily investments. For investors interested in long-term stability, there is no future in fossil fuels. Since 2012, investments equating to almost $8 trillion in assets from over 1,000 institutions have been divested worldwide [7]. These divestments come from the London Boroughs of Waltham Forest, Southwark, Islington, Lambeth and over 200 MPs from across the political spectrum who have pledged to Divest Parliament, including Hackney MPs Meg Hillier and Diane Abbott [8]. We welcomed Hackney Council’s 2017 commitment to decarbonise its investment portfolio by 50% over six years, but all of the most recent evidence points to the need for urgent and comprehensive action to reduce carbon emissions. In 2019, we stand with Divest Hackney to demand that Hackney Council #DivestTheRest. The momentum is undeniable and for the residents of Hackney, London and the wider UK and world, there is no time to waste. We want 2019 to be the year that Hackney Council finally commits to stop investing millions of pounds of our money in climate breakdown and commits to 100% divestment from planet-wrecking fossil fuels that endanger our future. Hackney Council had declared a Climate Emergency [9]. Now they need to put their money where their mouth is. It's our pension and our future on the line. [1] https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/ [2] https://www.carbontracker.org/wasted-capital-and-stranded-assets-press-release/ [3] Ibid. [4] https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/updated_fossil_fuel_investments [5] https://www.carbontracker.org/wasted-capital-and-stranded-assets-press-release/ [6] https://www.msci.com/documents/10199/c75b5c93-1f22-4393-aa56-5722891c6445 [7] https://350.org/press-release/landmark-fossil-fuel-divestment-reached/ [8] https://gofossilfree.org/divestment/commitments/ [9] https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/environment/hackney-council-declares-a-climate-emergency-1-5914142
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