• Divest Watertown Massachusetts from Fossil Fuels
    Our children and their children will not be able to reverse global warming unless we stop investing in fossil fuel companies. Those companies—companies which already have more fuel in their reserves than we can safely use—will continue exploring for new oil, coal and gas until we divest from them. Once enough people understand the science and connect the dots with droughts, fires, heat waves, storms, sea level rise, poverty and disease, water shortages, economic instability, war and famine, these companies won't make sense as a financial investment anyway, much less as a moral one. Watertown can and should help lead the way.
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    Created by Richard Cohen
  • Divest Wisconsin Public Employee Retirement Funds from Fossil Fuels
    It’s now clear that we can’t safely burn even half the known fossil-fuel reserves. Up to 80% of world's known reserves need to stay in the ground. It’s wrong to let fossil-fuel companies destabilize our climate. But, it’s perverse for Wisconsin’s public employees and retirees to profit from it. Experts agree on the basics of climate change. The scientific consensus is overwhelming that greenhouse-gas emissions from the coal, oil and natural gas that we burn are rapidly warming the planet. It’s already harming us and other species. We’re approaching a dangerous threshold for warming—generally quantified as 450 parts per million of atmospheric CO2 or an increase of 2-degrees Celsius (3.6 F) from pre-industrial temperatures. The concern is that crossing that threshold for any extended time risks a “game over” scenario for civilization as we know it. At some point beyond 2-degrees Celsius (3.6F)--the precise point is uncertain--it won't matter if human emissions immediately drop to zero because the physics and chemistry of the Earth would continue warming the planet for centuries. The urgency is that decisions we make about burning fossil fuels in the next decade or two may determine whether today’s carbon “sinks” that hold vast amounts of carbon—like tropical forests, peat bogs, permafrost, and ocean clathrates—turn into carbon “sources” that release their carbon as greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. We still have time to act—if we start dramatically reducing human greenhouse gas emissions now. We have feasible and affordable technological solutions that don’t require great financial sacrifice. And, it won't wreck the economy or kill jobs. Between now and 2050, we can transition to a low-carbon economy for the same as it would cost to upgrade our current fossil-fuel infrastructure and create more green jobs than the fossil fuel industry can provide under any scenario. We'll also improve our heatlh. The toxins that come out of our smokestacks and tailpipes contribute to 4 out of 5 of the leading causes of death in the United States, and cost in American lives and treasure of bringing oil from foriegn wellheads to our shores is self-evident. For the good of our state and nation, and to preserve and improve the quality of life for this and future generations worldwide, SWIB must divest from fossil fuels.
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    Created by Dick Smith
  • Divest Chicago from Fossil Fuels
    Our local government has a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying the future of our children and city, and reinvest in solutions to climate change. Chicago has many vacant lots that can be used for Alternative Energy and Buildings that can be used for Verticle Healthy Farming. Invest in Chicago's future and not the Fossil Fuel Industry. We can not count on the federal government, even as extreme weather events like the Extreme weather last Spring and Summer take over 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. Divestment is the only moral choice for Chicago, it's children and the well being of us all as we sleep at night.
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    Created by Robert krueger
  • Divest the Denver Employees Retirement Plan from Fossil Fuels!
    The retirement fund for Denver public employees has a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate change. Denver and Colorado have been on the receiving end of many fossil fuel dirty extraction technologies: -- From the 1914 massacre of Ludlow's coal mining families; -- To the Project Rulison 1969 underground nuclear explosion intended to produce natural gas; -- To oil shale's Black Sunday in 1982 - when Exxon pulled out of the Colony project - which sent the state economy into recession for years; -- To the current fracking frenzy that has destroyed our citizens' health in Garfield, Weld, and other counties; -- To Suncor's Denver refinery, to which the Alberta tar sands are pipelined, and which is right now contaminating ground and surface water at the Confluence of Sand Creek and the South Platte River; The people of Colorado have suffered from all these fossil fuel tragedies, in the past and in the present. At the same time, Denver and Colorado has been on the forefront of green energy research and development, and home to scientists who continue to research and document our changing climate. We have the solutions to turn away from increasing carbon pollution, 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 governmental agencies, such as DERP, which is the guardian of Denver employees' pension funds. It is clear that in order to still have a world worth getting a pension for, we must quickly and decisively move as individuals, as a society, and as a world to use less fossil fuels. Continuing to invest in these companies, whose profit maximization only ensures our destruction, can no longer be seen as the action of a moral caretaker of our money. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments that care about the future of their current and retired members. Unless we act now, by the time today's new hires retire in 2040, 27 years from now, the globe will have heated even more, the Arctic ice caps will be gone, and everyone will ask why DERP couldn't have helped stem the tide by divesting back in 2013. It's time to divest from fossil fuels now!
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    Created by Brad Klafehn
  • Divest Hope, Maine From Fossil Fuels
    A few years ago, global warming seemed like a distant threat, something that would maybe affect our great grand-children, but not us. In 2012, that all changed. Burning carbon-based fuels has changed, and is continuing to change our atmosphere in dramatic ways like nothing we’ve ever seen before. This is happening at a far more accelerated rate, causing global warming and climate instability. We will be leaving our children with a tremendous burden as they try to adapt to an ever-hotter world with extreme weather and an unpredictable future.
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    Created by Aimee Moffitt-Mercer
  • Take Back St. Louis from Fossil Fuels!
    We need our city to stop subsidizing the climate crisis. This summer, St. Louis experienced exactly what continued carbon emissions will feel like for our region – triple-digit heat waves and extreme drought. We cannot continue to subsidize the fossil fuel corporations responsible for this crisis. Right now, the City of St. Louis gives massive tax breaks to giant corporations downtown under the premise that these companies will create jobs, but these corporations usually fail to create what they promise. We’re left with consistent unemployment rates and millions of dollars stolen by these corporations away from the St. Louis Public Schools. These corporations do not need our money. Instead, we need to shift those taxpayer development dollars into renewable energy sources and sustainability initiatives that will create green jobs in a new local, sustainable economy. www.takebackstlouis.com
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    Created by Arielle Klagsbrun
  • Divest San Jose 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. As evidence concerning the reality of climate change and the contribution of fossil fuel to climate change mounts, it is critical for citizens appeal to all levels of government to change their behavior. San Jose's divestment from fossil fuels is an important step in that direction. Why does the petition urge the pension boards to divest from fossil fuel? Like Oakland and San Francisco, San Jose has two kinds of investments. The City of San Jose holds one kind in its treasury and the City's two pension boards hold the other to finance the retirement of city employees. The pension boards are independent and the City Council cannot order them to divest. 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 Allan Campbell
  • Washington: Divest from Fossil Fuels!
    Our children and their children will not be able to reverse global warming unless we stop investing in fossil fuel companies. Until we divest from fossil fuel companies they will continue exploring for new oil and coal and gas, even though we have more than enough now to cook the planet 5 times over. We can't safely burn more than a few years worth of fossil fuels at the rate we are going, and once enough people understand the science and connect the dots with droughts, fires, heat waves, storms, sea level rise, poverty and disease, water shortages, economic instability, war and famine, these companies won't make sense as a long-term financial investment anyway, much less as a moral one. We are investing in our own destruction. Our seniors will not want to retire on money held in fossil fuel companies when we see the growing impacts and suffering that we have caused through those companies.
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    Created by Michael Foster
  • Divest New York City from Fossil Fuels!
    Hurricane Sandy decimated the New York City area, causing $65 billion in damage, causing power outages, destroying homes and leaving a path of wreckage from the Rockaways to Riverside Park. It's time for NYC to stop investing our pension funds in oil, gas and coal, and go fossil free! We know that Sandy was fueled in part by Atlantic waters that were 5 degrees warmer than average, a result of human-induced climate change. Our city government is taking steps to make our city an example of low-carbon urban living, from painting bike lanes to mandating energy retrofits -- and much much more must be done. And yet, New York City's pension funds for city employees, teachers, police, firemen and school employees are all invested in coal, oil and gas companies that dump carbon into the atmosphere for free, and rig the political system so that they can continue to do so. If it is wrong to wreck the climate, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage. After Hurricane Sandy, New York City should be a shining light in the fight to combat climate change -- to do that, it's pension funds must divest from fossil fuels. A report from the Carbon Tracker Initiative has claimed that the world can only burn 800 more gigatonnes of carbon equivalent and stay under the two degree Celsius limit. A recent analysis of the world's current fossil fuel reserves, drawing on research by Oil Change International, has shown that if the world were to burn all current fossil fuel resources, then it would burn 982 gigatonnes of carbon equivalent. This means that we can no longer develop and build fossil fuel infrastructure; the age of fossil fuels must end immediately, if we have any hope of staying under two degrees Celsius. Our pension funds must follow suit and knowing that there can be no world in which the fossil fuel companies persist, we call upon New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer to commit to immediately freeze all investments in fossil fuel companies and divest the pension funds from these companies within five years. Read more about the need to divest and end all fossil fuel infrastructure here https://newrepublic.com/article/136987/recalculating-climate-math Over 3000 people from New York City have signed petitions calling upon Comptroller Stringer to divest the New York City pension funds from all fossil fuel holdings. To get involved in the campaign, go to 350nyc.org
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    Created by Nathan Schumer
  • Divest Portland from Fossil Fuels!
    Divestment from fossil fuel companies is a signal that the people of Portland are ready to take a stand for the good of the planet. If it is wrong to wreck the climate, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage. Portland should be a shining light in the fight to combat climate change -- to do that, the city must freeze and divest from fossil fuels. One city divesting from these stocks and funds can help build the momentum as other local governments, colleges, universities and institutions shift away from fossil fuels. Together, we can send a signal that the fossil fuel companies' future value is in doubt, that the world is ready to shift to an economy powered by renewable energy. As a proudly progressive city, Portland should be leading this charge.
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    Created by Kevin Fitzgerald
  • Divest Asheville from Fossil Fuels!
    The rapid pace of climate change has created a world in which we can no longer proceed with business as usual. The extreme corruption demonstrated by the fossil fuel industry is most evident in the Keystone XL pipeline project, which if approved by President Obama would tap into more potential carbon than we have ever had access to in the history of mankind. This would mean GAME OVER for the entire planet, as burning this amount of carbon would cause so much global warming that life as we know it would completely end. The only way to send a message to the fossil fuel industry is to change our financial relationship to them. As a city, we need to follow the lead of over 250 college campuses that are right now moving to divest themselves of all fossil fuel investments.
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    Created by Rebecca Friedman
  • Divest Richmond from Fossil Fuels!
    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. 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 temperature below 2 degrees. 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’. Fossil fuel companies are a bad investment both for the planet and for our pocketbooks, and Richmond can send a loud and clear message by divesting city funds from fossil fuels.
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    Created by Melinda Skinner