• For The City of Sydney To Divest From Fossil Fuels
    As one of Australia's largest and often self proclaimed 'greenest' cities, the Councilors of Sydney must lead by example and make Sydney the first city in Australia to declare itself Fossil Fuel Free. Profiting from the extraction, manufacturing, and burning of fossil fuels is both economically unviable and morally wrong. By divesting from hydrocarbon businesses, City of Sydney can instead invest in clean energy, contributing to a safer climate and investing in a more sustainable industry. The worlds carbon budget for stopping more then 2 degrees of warming is set at 565 gigatonnes. Meaning 80% of the known fossil fuel reserves MUST stay in the ground. It is unacceptable for the City o Sydney to continue investing in the fossil fuel industry.
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    Created by Will Bennett
  • Divest Denver From Fossil Fuels
    Climate change is ravaging our state, nation, and planet with more wildfires, drought, higher food prices and extreme weather events. Hurricane Sandy relief exceeded $50 billion and in Colorado alone insurers estimated wildfire damage exceeded $450 million to personal property by July 2012. Not only are the economic costs of climate change becoming more prevalent, but the moral implications are more apparent. While climate change is severely impacting our quality of life now, it is young people whose future ability to thrive - and even survive - on our planet will be most impacted. Denver has a moral obligation to address climate change and divestment is a critical step in taking a stand for our city’s future, our children, and our planet. We now know that the majority of proven fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground. The math is simple: 1) almost every government in the world agrees we must keep global warming below 2 degrees to avoid catastrophic climate change, 2) to stay below 2 degrees we can only add about 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, and 3) current proven fossil fuel reserves (fossil fuels already slated for extraction) equal about 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide, or five times more than we can release to maintain only 2 degrees of warming. Fossil fuel divestment is a financially and socially responsible way Denver can take action on climate change. Fossil fuel divestment is financially responsible. Climate change is negatively impacting our local economy via effects such as increased wildfire frequency and intensity as well as decreased snow fall threatening our agriculture and tourism sectors. Therefore, it is in Denver’s economic interest to divest from an industry that contributes to costly climate disasters and extreme weather. Additionally, fossil fuel investments themselves are increasingly bad investments. While some argue divestment from fossil fuels could harm their portfolios, a recent analysis conducted for The Associated Press shows the opposite. The research firm S&P Capital IQ found that by one measure, endowments would have been better off had they divested 10 years ago. An investment in fossil fuels is a bet that the world will do nothing about climate change, that it'll stand idly by and watch events like the droughts, wildfires, and super storms of 2012 and not take any serious action. As Robert F. Kennedy Jr. puts it, "at some point, we have to acknowledge that, either we are going to destroy the planet or the oil stocks are over-valued." Fossil fuel divestment is also socially responsible. As the urgency of taking action on climate change heightens, many communities, educational institutions, religious institutions, and other municipalities are joining the fossil fuel divestment movement today just as they did in the 1980’s during the anti-apartheid movement. Cities including Seattle and San Francisco have already pledged to divest from fossil fuels. As a responsible and respected leader in our region, Denver should divest from fossil fuels because, if it is wrong to cause catastrophic climate change, it is also wrong to profit from its causes. The bottom line is this: divestment is the only moral choice for governments that care about their citizens. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments that care about their solvency.
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    Created by Roberta Traverso-Estes
  • Divest Hawaii's Employees’ Retirement System from Fossil Fuels
    We want that Hawaii State retirement funds are not invested into fossil fuel industries. On a financial basis, the retirees may lose out if the fossil fuel companies fall in value. On a moral basis, it is wrong to profit from wrecking the climate. On a local basis Hawaii needs to combat climate change for its own survival. Please join our petition.
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    Created by Chris Mentzel
  • Divest Northampton, MA from Fossil Fuels!
    Our local government has a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate change. We can not count on the federal government, even as extreme weather events like the record rain fall in the Duluth area last Spring overwhelm local budgets. We have the solutions, but we won’t see any political progress on the issue until we can weaken the power of the fossil fuel industry. The bottom line is this: divestment is the only moral choice for governments that care about their citizens. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments that care about their solvency. It's time to divest from fossil fuels now!
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    Created by Alyssa Robb
  • Fossil Free Richmond BC
    It is important for our future in the face of climate change, global warming and ocean acidification. This is especially relevant to Richmond, which being on the mighty Fraser river, is closely associated with fishery & marine activities and is at sea level.
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    Created by Paul Magnus
  • Divest CCC from Fossil Fuels!
    Federal inaction to solve this crisis is all but stalled. Cities have enormous untapped assets and political strength that can be organized for a better future investment. Local Actions Move the World • Earth's average temperature has risen by 1.4°F in the past 100 years The decade from 2000 to 2010 was the warmest on record Recent estimates say global sea level could rise more than 3 meters . • Higher heat means impacts and health risks to our vulnerable communities • Bigger storms means more stress on already aging infrastructure • Local Government leaders serve to oversee and manage the public good. Cities have a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s having a negative impact on our future, and reinvest in solutions. • Extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy threaten to overwhelm local budgets • Heat Related deaths impact our local emergency services. • Rising tides and flooding impact and already failing local government infrastructure. • The cost of local government Insurance premiums continue to rise pending the impacts cities are feeling from a changing climate As of May 2013, more than 100 U.S. cities have signed a resolution to divest Will your City join the team?I visit gofossilfree.org to get started
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    Created by Contra Costa County Climate Leaders
  • Divest Sunnyvale From Fossil Fuels
    We need to eliminate our support for the use of fossil fuels in order to reduce the coming climate catastrophe due to global warming. For example, NASA's Ames Research Center is close to sea level and a rise in sea levels will lead to massive flooding. We have made a good start by our strict building codes. Let's take the next step by defunding fossil fuels.
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    Created by Victoria Armigo
  • Divest Lowell from Fossil Fuels
    Our local government has a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate change. We can not count on the federal government, even as extreme weather events like severe and costly flooding in New England (2011) worst-ever drought in the Mid West (2012), or super tornados in OK (2013), ruin lives and overwhelm local budgets. We have the solutions, but we won’t see any political progress on the issue until we can weaken the power of the fossil fuel industry. The bottom line is this: divestment is the only moral choice for governments that care about their citizens. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments that care about their solvency. It's time to divest from fossil fuels now!
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    Created by Peter Lovett
  • Divest Humboldt Cities from Fossil Fuels!
    Our local government has a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate change. We can not count on the federal government, even as extreme weather events like the record rain fall in the Duluth area last Spring overwhelm local budgets. We have the solutions, but we won’t see any political progress on the issue until we can weaken the power of the fossil fuel industry. The bottom line is this: divestment is the only moral choice for governments that care about their citizens. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments that care about their solvency. It's time to divest from fossil fuels now!
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    Created by Barbara Russell
  • Divest Ventura City and County from Fossil Fuels!
    Our local government has a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate change. We can not count on the federal government, even as extreme weather events like the record rain fall in the Duluth area last Spring overwhelm local budgets. We have the solutions, but we won’t see any political progress on the issue until we can weaken the power of the fossil fuel industry. The bottom line is this: divestment is the only moral choice for governments that care about their citizens. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments that care about their solvency. It's time to divest from fossil fuels now!
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    Created by Ryan Kell
  • Divest from Fossil Fuels!
    Our local government has a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate change. We can not count on the federal government, even as extreme weather events like the record rain fall in the Duluth area last Spring overwhelm local budgets. We have the solutions, but we won’t see any political progress on the issue until we can weaken the power of the fossil fuel industry. The bottom line is this: divestment is the only moral choice for governments that care about their citizens. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments that care about their solvency. It's time to divest from fossil fuels now!
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    Created by Pamela Elliott
  • Divest Louisville From Fossil Fuels
    Global CO2 concentrations have just crossed the dangerous 400ppm milestone. Our local government has a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate change. Continued investment in the impending "carbon bubble" is morally, ecologically, AND financially reckless. If Louisville really wants to be the leader it claims, it should join Seattle, WA, Madison, WI, Bayfield, WI, Ithaca, NY, Boulder, CO, State College, PA, Eugene, OR, Richmond, CA, Berkeley, CA, and San Francisco, CA in publicly committing to divest from fossil fuel investments. We can not count on the federal government, even as extreme weather events like Louisville's record spring/summer heat of 2012 and record rainfall of 2011 overwhelm local budgets. We have the solutions, but we won’t see any political progress on the issue until we can weaken the power of the fossil fuel industry. This holds particularly true here in Kentucky - a state deeply beholden to coal. The bottom line is this: divestment is the only moral choice for governments that care about their citizens. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments that care about their solvency. Here is a brilliant short video and interactive map that drives home the point: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2013/apr/19/countries-exposed-carbon-bubble-map In every way, the "smart money" is NOT on fossil fuels. It's time to divest from fossil fuels now!
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    Created by Ben Evans