• Divest Newton 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 daphne petri
  • Divest Monterey From Fossil Fuels!
    We're all part of institutions that ought to be looking out for the public good, from city and state governments to religious institutions to other kinds of charities and non-profits. Most of these institutions invest money in stocks and bonds, and have a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate change. Even as extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy, floods, droughts and fires threaten to overwhelm local budgets, federal inaction to solve this crisis is all but stalled. 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 institutions that care about the planet and its residents. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments that care about their solvency. Stopping fossil fuel companies from destroying our future is something everyone should be able to agree about.
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    Created by Jessica Bradish
  • Divest Oshkosh from Fossil Fuels!
    “$674 billion is invested every year looking for new sources of fossil fuels. A new report warns that continuing to plough this money into fossil fuels could create stranded assets worth $6 trillion in a decade.” (Source: “Unburnable carbon 2013: Wasted capital and stranded assets,” http://www.carbontracker.org/wastedcapital. Accessed on April 20, 2013) “Annual investments of $674bn in the search for oil and gas could create a ‘carbon bubble’ of stranded assets if countries remain committed to meeting UN climate targets.” (Source: “Warning $674bn ‘carbon bubble’ will blow 2C climate target, http://www.rtcc.org/governments-warned-6tr-carbon-bubble-will-blow-2c-climate-target/. Accessed on April 20, 2013) Our local government has a responsibility to look out for public goods, so it should divest from an industry that’s bad 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 Steve Barney
  • Divest Central Connecticut State University From Fossil Fuels
    Climate change is accelerating. We are witnessing the increasing impacts of a warming planet more and more consistently; in this last year alone our country experienced record-breaking heat, droughts, and hurricanes, which impacted hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country hundreds of billions of dollars. Hurricane Sandy alone caused $50bn in damages. Experts agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic climate disasters. The scientific consensus is clear and overwhelming; we cannot safely burn even half of global fossil-fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years. As public pressure to confront climate change builds, we call on Central Connecticut State University to immediately freeze any new investment in fossil-fuel companies, and to divest within five years from direct ownership and from any commingled funds that include fossil-fuel public equities and corporate bonds. We believe such action on behalf of Central Connecticut State University will not only be a sound decision for our institution's financial portfolio, but also for the wellbeing of its current and future graduating classes, who deserve the opportunity to graduate with a future not defined by climate chaos.
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  • Divest fossil fuel investments from Australia's Future Fund
    There is enough coal and oil already discovered to warm our only planet to catastrophic Temperatures 4 times over. To maintain world political security, food security, climate safety and planetary health we must leave most of our fossil fuel reserves in the ground and begin the change to clean and green energy . If we withdraw our financial support from the fossil fuel industry we actively encourage it to diversify into sustainable renewable energy alternatives. It has been calculated just 1% of global GDP is required to make the change to renewable energy and secure a safer future for all the worlds people. The owners of our Future Fund have a responsibility to ensure our investments are not contributing to the dangerous global warming problem and are instead financing and driving the solution.
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    Created by Peter Wade
  • Divest New Haven From Fossil Fuels
    Divestment has successfully resulted in a shift in government policy and public perception in the past. If one city, one University,one religious institution divests, others will follow. It will send a powerful message to the fossil fuel industry that we will not let them ruin our environment. It has to stop now! Bill McKibben states that "as the country’s colleges, cities and denominations begin to cut their ties, we’ll start to revoke the social license" of the fossil fuel industry, one again arguing that "if it’s wrong to wreck the climate, then it’s wrong to profit from the wreckage."
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    Created by Augusta Girard
  • Divest San Luis Obispo from Fossil Fuels
    This is essential to the survival of the planet and the survival of San Luis Obispo. All the things that this unique community love and depend on are threatened by climate collapse. Our shores are threatened , our tourist industry is threatened, and the future of our students is threatened. We must act now to do what we can to turn this around before it is too late and divestment is apart of that solution.
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    Created by Heidi Harmon
  • Divest Camden
    We believe divestment from fossil fuels to not only be ethical, but also financially prudent. The commitment to maintaining global temperature rise well below 2 degrees, in line with the Paris Agreement, would see much of the current assets of fossil fuel companies becoming stranded- a serious risk to the fund. This has been supported by numerous financial institutions, including the Bank of England. Camden Council has a proud history of divesting from the apartheid regime in South Africa, and has led the way on climate by holding the UK's first Citizens' Assembly. We want Camden to properly honour this heritage by securing a divestment commitment that would resonate on a national scale, rather than undermine our borough's progressive values by providing for the fossil fuel industry a home.
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    Created by Susan Poupard
  • Divest Saint Paul From Fossil Fuels!
    As the most "Livable City in America" our local government has a responsibility to encourage divestment from an industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate change and create an energy independent city. 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 and institution's that care about their citizens, patrons, students, or congregations. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments and other large institutions that care about their solvency. Let Saint Paul lead the way with cities like San Francisco and Seattle to end our climate crisis.
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    Created by Brandon Long
  • Divest Omaha from Fossil Fuel Investments
    Omaha must no longer invest in or support companies that have no regard for the future of our city, state, and planet. Judging by the writing on the wall over the past three decades, the negative effects of climate change are getting worse by the day. The latest research doesn't look good, I admit. Now is the time to start acting as a city. It's not even debatable anymore; man made climate change is fact and it's not going away. We know this. It's impossible to fight climate change while simultaneously investing in the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuels on the planet. Continued investment in fossil fuel companies screams not only "business as usual," but "it doesn't matter," or worse, "we give up." The only way that we keep the remaining fossil fuels in the ground where they need to stay to combat further climate change disaster is to force fossil fuel companies to understand that we will no longer support their destructive business practices. The only way to get them to understand is to pull all of our investment money from them. As a responsible 21st century city, Omaha should be an example to other cities that we don't need to continue to invest in irresponsible business opportunities. It's terribly shortsighted and doesn't make good business sense. There is more money to be made in the long run by investing in clean energy and other sustainable businesses of the present and future. Why are we awarding the irresponsible dinosaurs of business with our investments instead of responsible, innovative businesses? It's pretty simple economics. Fossil fuel companies are not sustainable businesses. Let them reap what they have sewn and adapt or die. Pulling our investments from these companies will force them to do just that. The worst thing we can do for our local economy, our local security, and the future of Omaha's children and their children's children, is sit back and do nothing about climate change while continuing to support the businesses that most heavily contribute to it. It is time for Omaha to be on the forefront of America's future. It is time for Omaha to act responsibly for the future of its citizens. It is time for Omaha to divest all of our holdings in fossil fuel companies NOW! For more information please visit: http://omahafossilfree.wordpress.com/
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    Created by Jason Miller
  • Divest Indianapolis From Fossil Fuels
    As another step in working toward Mayor Ballard's goal of making Indianapolis one of the most sustainable cities, the Mayor should work with city planners and the city council to divest from fossil fuel investments. The health risks from burning oil are significant. According to the Center for Disease Control, an estimated 134,485 children in Indiana had asthma. Child lifetime asthma prevalence was 12.9% From an economic point of view fossil fuels are a bad investment because fossil fuel sources are running out and the costs of extracting and fracking are increasing, reducing profits.
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    Created by Jeff Kisling
  • Divest Madison from Fossil Fuels
    Our local government has a responsibility to divest from an industry that is destroying the future of our earth, and reinvest in solutions to reverse the impending disastrous effects of climate change. Madison, along with many other parts of the world, endured one of the hottest and driest summers in history in 2012, causing far below-average production on Wisconsin farms, loss of electricity due to overwhelming use of air conditioners, water shortages, and a national emergency. Scientists directly connect human abuse and addiction to fossil fuels to the increasingly destructive effects of climate change. The opportunity to reverse the damage is now. We must end our fossil fuel addiction and become dependent on healthier alternatives to reduce pollution, thereby lessening the inevitable and irreversible damage of climate change. We must weaken the power of the fossil fuel industy by using the solutions we have at our disposal. Madison must decrease its need for fossil fuels by investing in more and improved public transportation, offering incentives for use of public transportation and bikes, and making public transportation more affordable and of higher quality. Madison needs better and more convenient bus routes and schedules. Access to free or inexpensive bike rentals is on the rise, but must continue to increase and become an even more popular trend. Public transportation must be accessible to all members of the Madison community and its surrounding cities and towns. We won't see any political progress until we unite at the local, then state, then national level. We can not rely on the federal government, backed by its corporate and Big Oil sponsors. We the People need to make some noise, and we need to get louder...NOW. We want to be able to tell future generations that we tried to reverse the unhealthiest human activities and use healthy alternatives to heal the planet and help people become healthier in the process. We want to be able to tell future generations that we succeeded in reversing climate change by putting ourselves in recovery from fossil fuel addiction. :)
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    Created by Catherine Erhard