• Divest New York State & Local Retirement Funds from Fossil Fuels
    As of July 2014, over 12,500 people from New York State have signed petitions calling upon Comptroller DiNapoli to divest the NYS Common Retirement Fund from all fossil fuel holdings. Over the past 5 years, diverse NYS citizens and stakeholders have expressed strong, informed opposition to hydro-fracking. Hydro-fracking is a form of extreme energy production which causes significant, irreversible harm. Simultaneously, citizens and stakeholders have called for rapid, full investment in and transition to truly green, renewable energy sources. We are extremely concerned about climate disruption (which is already negatively impacting NYS) and the future of all species on this fragile planet. The NYS Comptroller is responsible for administering the New York State and Local Retirement System (the Common Retirement Fund) for public employees. This System has more than one million members, retirees and beneficiaries and more than 3,000 employers; The NYS Comptroller acts as the sole trustee of the $164 billion Common Retirement Fund. NYS is one of the largest institutional investors in the world. "The State Comptroller is responsible for ensuring that the taxpayers’ money is being used effectively and efficiently to promote the common good." We formally request that no tax dollars held within the Comptroller's Office promote climate disruption, environmental degradation and suffering. We request that our tax dollars directly "promote the common good." We applaud the Comptroller for the Green Strategic Investment Program which invested $500 million over 3 years in clean technology and green energy. We ask for complete, rapid divestment from all fossil fuels. Divesting now, will immediately bring positive change.
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  • Divest Fairfax 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 impact communities all around us. 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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  • Fossil Free Barkhamsted
    The science is clear that humans are accelerating and intensifying the effects of climate change because of our insatiable consumption of fossil fuels. We need to act now and act swiftly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so that our children and grandchildren can realize a life on a livable planet. Barkhamsted, Connecticut taxpayers are paying for climate change - recovery funds to repair our state from Hurricane Sandy's destruction, lost revenue from a Long Island experiencing rising tides and water temperatures, floods on our rivers and streams, impacts to our farmers and our agricultural industry. Why would we pay tens of millions to try and recover from Hurricane Sandy and at the same time support those corporations making the next Hurricane inevitable? Fossil fuel companies are a bad investment for the planet, for the State of Connecticut, and for the pocketbook/wallet of Barkhamsted citizens - the people who vote you in/out of office. 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. Experts agree that global warming will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic 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. Regarding the pocketbook, market analysts at HSBC have warned oil and gas majors, including BP, Shell and Statoil, that they could face a loss in market value of up to 60% should the international community stick to agreed emissions reduction targets. Their prediction is based on an ‘unburnable carbon’ scenario – a scenario where oil and gas falls to keep atmospheric concentration below 350 ppm. The analysts argue that the oil market is still failing to think about a low carbon future – ‘because of its long-term nature, we doubt the market is pricing in the risk of a loss of value from this issue’.
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  • Divest Nashville, TN from Fossil Fuels
    We need to wean ourselves off fossil fuels across the globe. One great way to start the process is to divest from any investments in the fossil fuel industry. Cities, counties and organizations across the country are doing it RIGHT NOW. Nashville saw an important example in 2010 of just how vulnerable cities can be due to adverse weather when the city was flooded. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Tennessee_floods for details). These kinds of weather events are predicted to increase in frequency and severity all around the world within the century. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has predicted with significant levels of certainty that adverse weather, droughts, historic precipitation events and other events of significance to humans and our economy all will increase due to climate change. We know that fossil fuels are a major contributor to climate change. The science is conclusive. It is time to take a stand NOW for current and future generations. This is a moral imperative that affects us all. Please join us in signing this petition to divest Nashville of all direct and indirect investment holdings in fossil fuels.
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  • Divest Boston from Fossil Fuels
    The global climate crisis is affecting individuals and communities around the globe -- and we have seen the direct exposure to the new dangers of this reality right here in Boston, Massachusetts. The crisis was created by, and is perpetuated by, the extraction of carbon deposits and their use as fossil fuels. The fossil fuel industry is literally and knowingly destroying our environment and planet . We believe it is wrong for our civic institutions to profit from this destruction. The City of Boston, by making this bold statement, can join Seattle, and others, in playing a true leadership role in turning our nation away from global catastrophe and toward a just, healthy, and sustainable future.
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  • Divest New Braunfels 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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  • Divest Somerville, Massachusetts from Fossil Fuels!
    Climate change is upon us, and Somerville, along with many surrounding communities, is now having to deal with the problems associated with it. As storms become more frequent and severe, it does not make sense for us to continue to fund corporations who are contributing directly to this problem. Somerville has already taken steps to fight climate change. By divesting from the fossil fuel industry, we can get to the root of the problem, and take a firm stance against fossil fuel extraction. The top 200 publicly-traded companies hold the vast majority of the world’s proven coal, oil and gas reserves. Our demands to these companies are simple, because they reflect the stark truth of climate science: They need immediately to stop exploring for new hydrocarbons. They need to stop lobbying in Washington and state capitols across the country to preserve their special breaks. Most importantly, they need to pledge to keep 80% of their current reserves underground forever, since they currently have 5 times the reserves that we know is safe to burn.
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  • Divest Duluth from Fossil Fuels
    We are a group of concerned citizens who are concerned about our climate. The burning of fossil fuels is one of the main contributors to high ozone levels and a catalyst of climate change. This risks the health of current and future generations. We are afraid of losing our beautiful environment including our clean air and Lake Superior. If we do not step up and change how we are living, events like the Great Duluth Flood of 2012 will continue to happen and devastate our community. We urge Duluth citizens to stand up and be at the forefront of environmental action. By divesting from fossil fuels we would begin to lead the nation in the fight against climate change.
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  • Divest Spokane from Fossil Fuels
    This is critical because we value our children and grandchildren and we must commit to leaving a legacy of independence from the main cause of climate change, wars, pollution, degradation, and economic waste. Spokane prides itself on being "Near Nature, Near Perfect!" Let's make that sustainable!
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  • Divest Athens, GA from Fossil Fuels
    Climate Change is real... and we are on a crash course with reality. It is our duty to ensure that there is a habitable world to leave for the future of humanity... and all species on this earth. The fuel in our fossil fuel reserves is actually much more than is safe to burn to keep global warming below the 2 degrees that scientists say is safe. And, yet, we continue to look for more sources to support our dirty energy needs rather than invest in renewable energy sources. See this link for details: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719 As we respond to Climate Change, some companies will adapt and prosper. Other companies, whose business model is at odds with stabilizing and reducing carbon emissions represent latent weakness in their business model. These businesses will no longer be wise investments, and a fiduciary duty to City investment funds will increasingly require less investment in these companies, rather than more. Companies heavily invested in fossil fuels will have a structural problem adapting to a Carbon Constrained World. Why? Because they count as part of their company wealth the underground oil, gas and coal deposits which, if released into the atmosphere, will cause greater and greater climate change. The sooner the City divests from these companies, the better. And beyond it being good business, we need to show the future generations that we care about the planet, and the people and species that share it! Think about your children, grandchildren, or even the animals that live on this earth. It is our duty to protect the earth and make sure that it is habitable in the future!
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  • Divest Wheeling From Fossil Fuels
    Most climate scientists agree that carbon emissions are a significant cause of climate change in the world. Those scientists who believe that the current climate conditions are simply part of normal cycles in the earth's history ignore how much more rapidly the climate has changed in the past century than any time in the past. What strikes home to me is the position of the citizens group 350.org. Their core belief is that, at the present rate of burning coal and oil, the air surrounding the entire planet will not be fit to sustain human life by the year 2050. My grandchildren will be my age then. I cannot imagine a future where these little people, by then middle-aged, will struggle to breathe.
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  • Divest Fremont from Fossil Fuels
    As a city on the San Francisco Bay, rising sea levels will endanger property, transportation, and community. As a diverse city, our citizens have family and friends around the world, and they will be impacted, too. No one is immune from the impacts of climate change. It's wrong to wreck the climate. It's wrong to profit from wrecking the climate. Fremont should divest from the number one industry that is wrecking climates world-wide: the fossil fuel industry. Divestment from fossil fuel companies will: a) drive public awareness of the incalculable damage being done by the fossil fuel industry as it generates huge immediate profits in exchange for an uninhabitable future; b) build public recognition of the urgent need to drastically and rapidly reduce humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels; c) call widespread attention to the consequences of continuing a “business as usual” approach to extracting, marketing and burning fossil fuel; d) lead to inspiring an urgent, accelerated and popular commitment to leave untapped 80% of the known carbon reserves,while developing renewable energy resources capable of meeting humanity’s needs – thus making it possible that life as we have known it might continue on earth. You can read the Carbon Tracker list at http://www.carbontracker.org/
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