• Divest Brent Council from Fossil Fuels
    We believe divestment from fossil fuels to be not only ethically and environmentally correct, but also financially prudent. Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity has encountered. The 20 hottest years on record have all occurred since 1981 and 2016 was the hottest ever [1]. Higher average temperatures are directly linked to extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts, floods and storms. Scientists have unanimously concluded that these changes are a consequence of human activity, arising from the burning of fossil fuels [2]. Moreover, this activity has resulted in unprecedented levels of air pollution, now regarded as a major world killer [3]. In a speech at Lloyd’s of London in September 2015, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England said that by the time ‘climate change becomes a defining issue for financial stability, it may already be too late’. Carney warned investors that policies to address climate change ‘would render the vast majority of reserves ‘stranded’ – oil, gas and coal that will be literally unburnable’ [4]. In order to continue developing fossil fuel reserves – particularly in the difficult areas where the remaining reserves are located (including the Arctic, the mouth of the Amazon and tar sands in sensitive areas) the developing companies need investment – divestment is a way of cutting off the funds needed to carry out these damaging activities. It also sends a powerful signal to the companies and others that it is time to move away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy. References: [0] http://tinyurl.com/lmskfgk [1] http://tinyurl.com/y9tkm4sn [2] http://tinyurl.com/3e3zv [3] http://tinyurl.com/pqgdd5q [4] http://tinyurl.com/ycspl5sg
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  • North Yorkshire Fossil Fuel Divestment
    The North Yorkshire Pension Fund Committee could, like a growing number of other Local Authority-administered Pension Funds, adopt a strategy of steady 'divestment and re-investment'. This means moving away from investing in an increasingly unstable and more costly fossil fuel dependency towards a cleaner, cheaper and ultimately more profitable renewable future, which will enable local communities across North Yorkshire and beyond to benefit. To help achieve this, we are asking the Pension Fund Committee to: 1. Freeze any new investment in the top 200 publicly-traded fossil fuel companies[1] at the earliest opportunity [1] The Carbon Underground 200 Project, at http://fossilfreeindexes.com/research/the-carbon-underground 2. Commit to a policy of divesting or withdrawing from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds over the next 5 years; and of re-investing in a new carbon-free portfolio of more local, ethical and renewable energy technologies and infrastructure developments 3. Include these action points above in the Pension Fund Committee’s Investment Strategy Statement, with effect from the earliest possible date. (* Adapted from the petition model in the Gofossilfree campaign’s guidance – see Local Government Guide at https://gofossilfree.org/uk/pensions/#action )
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  • Divest Boise
    The City of Boise touts quite proudly it’s emphasis on ‘sustainable policies, practices and partnerships’ promoting ‘lasting environments, innovative enterprises, and vibrant communities’. Sustainable Boise: Energy, Air Quality, Water Resources, Material Management, Create Lasting Environments - Recognize, protect, and improve the health and sustainability of all our activities, our connection to one another, and our natural resources.** Cultivate Innovative Enterprises: Business Retention and Recruitment, Promote Entrepreneurship, Enhance Work Force / Human Capital, Work with individuals, nonprofits, and businesses to encourage collaboration that will promote economic prosperity and improve lives.** Build Vibrant Communities: Arts and Culture, Housing, Transportation Choices, Safe, Healthy, Caring Communities, Children and Youth, Parks and Open Space, Engage citizens and organizations to spark new connections, inspire exploration, and strengthen Boise’s rich community-minded spirit.** Boise Environmental Education: Community Forestry, Boise WaterShed, Boise Urban Garden School, Foothills Learning Center, claiming, Explore our wild community, develop a new sense of place, and discover the lessons to be learned from nature.** There is nothing lasting about the environment of oil-extraction, including its developers and corporations. Our investment, through financial institutions who lend to these businesses, runs contrary to the very qualities Boise City claims to uphold, as noted above, and we as residents have come to expect. Video of the presentation to the City of Boise http://bit.ly/2owEkiT
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  • Eindhoven Fossielvrij
    VERSNELD OVERSCHAKELEN OP DUURZAME ENERGIE Elk jaar dat we eerder afstappen van fossiele brandstoffen betekent minder onherstelbare en onnodige klimaatschade. Onnodig, want volgens sommige wetenschappers kan de transitie naar 100% duurzame energie al binnen 10 jaar* voor elkaar zijn. Het idee van Fossielvrij: als investeerders hun geld massaal terugtrekken uit de fossiele industrie, en dat geld opnieuw investeren in schone energie, kan de wereld al veel sneller overschakelen op 100% schone energie. FINANCIËLE KWETSBAARHEID VERKLEINEN De Nederlandsche Bank, The Bank of England en 's werelds grootste vermogensbeheerder BlackRock waarschuwen**** ook voor de financiële risico's van fossiele investeringen. Meer dan 80% van de voorraden kolen, olie en gas mogen niet gebruikt worden, volgens de eisen ondertekend op de Klimaattop in Parijs. Daarom zijn fossiele bedrijven overgewaardeerd op de beurs. Het is wachten tot deze zeepbel (carbon bubble) knapt. Organisaties met veel fossiele aandelen zijn extreem kwetsbaar. DUURZAAM LEIDERSCHAP UITBOUWEN Als eerste gemeente van Nederland heeft Eindhoven een klimaatplan (en begroting) opgesteld in lijn met de afspraken in Parijs. Onze doelstelling ligt geheel in de lijn van de keuzes die een grote meerderheid van de gemeenteraad is ingeslagen. Eindhoven dient in deze context een verantwoorde keuze te maken door hun financiële banden met de fossiele industrie te verbreken. ------------------------- Voor wie precies wil weten hoe het zit: * Volgens wetenschappers van de University of Sussex kan de energietransitie al binnen 10 jaar voltooid zijn: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214629615300827 ** The London School of Economics heeft in het Stern Review (2007) aangetoond dat het veel goedkoper is om nu de CO2-uitstoot drastisch te beperken, dan om maatregelen te nemen om ons te beschermen tegen de gevolgen van klimaatontwrichting. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stern_Review ***Klimaatwetenschappers hebben onderzocht dat door het smelten van Antartica het zeeniveau rond 2100 al met enkele meters gestegen kan zijn – behalve als we heel snel stoppen met kolen, olie en gas. http://www.nature.com/articles/nature17145.epdf http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/16/3761/2016/acp-16-3761-2016.html **** Artikelen over de financiële risico's van investeringen in de fossiele industrie: http://www.nrc.nl/handelsblad/2016/03/04/dnb-nederlandse-economie-moet-af-van-kolen-olie-1598050 http://www.climatechangenews.com/2016/03/21/bank-of-england-regulator-warns-of-growing-climate-risks/ https://www.blackrock.com/corporate/en-mx/literature/whitepaper/bii-pricing-climate-risk-international.pdf https://hbr.org/2016/04/the-data-says-climate-change-could-cost-investors-trillions
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  • Bouw perrontrappen aan de Moreelsebrug!
    De perrontrappen zijn onderdeel van het oorspronkelijke ontwerp van de Moreelsebrug, die daarmee veel functioneler zou worden. Aanleg van de trappen wordt echter tegengehouden door een agressieve lobby van het Franse bedrijf Klépierre - eigenaar van Hoog Catharijne. Voetgangers kunnen zo uitsluitend via het winkelcentrum het nieuwe station bereiken. Inderdaad, een absurde situatie! Wij vragen de gemeente Utrecht om de belangen van de eigen inwoners en alle mensen die met de trein onze stad willen bezoeken (onze gasten!) zwaarder te laten wegen dan die van de lobby van Hoog Catharijne. Wij vragen onze gemeente om onvoorwaardelijk te investeren in vrije toegang voor schone en duurzame mobiliteit – voetgangers en fietsers vrij toegang te verlenen tot Utrecht CS en nog in 2017 perrontrappen te bouwen aan de Moreelsebrug! Achtergrond petitie - Utrecht Fossielvrij: Sinds 2017 rijdt de NS op volledig duurzaam geproduceerde elektriciteit. Vrije toegang van voetgangers en fietsers naar de trein vormt daarmee een kleine, maar belangrijke stap op weg naar 100% schone mobiliteit, onafhankelijk van fossiele brandstoffen als kolen, olie en gas. Zo levert Utrecht een bijdrage aan de noodzakelijke strijd tegen klimaatverandering en verbeteren we de slechte luchtkwaliteit in onze door veel te drukke snelwegen omgeven stad. Wil je meer doen? Sluit je ook aan bij Utrecht Fossielvrij - en help mee om van Utrecht een schone, toekomstbestendige stad en provincie te maken! Hier kun je aansluiten: https://www.facebook.com/UtrechtFossielvrij/
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  • Fossil Free SLC: Divest or Minimize Salt Lake City/County from Fossil Fuels
    350.Org carbon reduction leadership fits Salt Lake City's pattern of environmental leadership! Given the regional abundance of solar energy alternative technologies (PV, geothermal, solar-thermal/SGSPs) and wind; given local governmental experience with built-environment energy efficiency leadership, including USGBC-LEED and many solar-energy initiatives; and given the City and County's leadership experience with energy sustainability through the 2002 Winter Olympics, a 350.Org program is critical to the implementation of fossil-fuel, carbon-based energy generation practices and technology applications. But time is running out! We MUST pitch in to generate MEANINGFUL CHANGE!
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  • Fossil Free Sarasota
    As residents of a waterfront city, we are especially susceptible to the changing climate. With its imminent impact on our society-at-large, it's our responsibility to be an example for other communities and show what must be done to move forward into a fossil-free future.
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  • Vi vill divestera Surahammars kommun
    Vi vet att fossilindustrin är en bidragande orsak till miljöförstöring och klimatförändring. Vi vill därför inte vara delaktiga i dessa negativa projekt som kommer att ha konsekvenser för våra och våra barns och barnbarns liv. Vi vill därför att kommunens förtoendevalda tar uppdraget att se till att inte bidra till fossilindustrins negativa påverkan på största allvar. Vi är övertygande om att ett slut på fossilberoendet kommer att gynna våran kommun i framtiden. Vi vill att kommunfullmäktige berättar årligen för oss hur arbetet med divestering har framskridit så att vi som invånare kan vara stolta över att vi i Surahammar ta vårt ansvar och visa att divestering är en möjlighet.
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  • Für ein klimafreundliches Kiel - Abzug aller öffentlichen Finanzmittel aus der fossilen Industrie
    Ein ungebremster Klimawandel wird die Lebensqualität unserer nachfolgenden Generationen sehr stark beeinträchtigen und weltweit unseren wirtschaftlichen Wohlstand gefährden mit negativen sozialen Folgen. Fast alle der bislang veranschlagten fossilen Vorkommen müssen in der Erde bleiben, wenn das von allen 195 Staaten in Paris vereinbarte Ziel einer globalen Dekarbonisierung bis Mitte des Jahrhunderts erreicht werden soll. Die Weltgemeinschaft darf also nur einen verschwindend geringe Menge an CO2 ausstoßen, um die globale Erwärmung auf unter 2° C zu begrenzen. Divestment hat deshalb nicht nur der Umwelt wegen, sondern auch aus ökonomischen Gründen eine gesamtgesellschaftliche Legitimation erlangt, da Unternehmen der Öl-, Kohle- und Gasindustrie mehr Rohstoffvorkommen in ihre Bilanzen aufgenommen haben, als sie überhaupt noch fördern und verbrennen dürfen. Es bildet sich eine sogenannte Kohlenstoffblase. Aus diesem Grund gelten die Unternehmenswerte dieser Industrie als überbewertet und stellen für alle Arten von Finanzanlagen ein erhebliches Risiko dar. Seit 2012 haben über 500 Städte, Universitäten, Kirchen, Banken und Stiftungen offiziell ihr Divestment aus Kohle, Öl und Gas erklärt und damit dem fossilen Sektor eine Summe von 3,4 Billionen Dollar entzogen. Dazu gehören u.a. die Städte Berlin, Stuttgart, Münster, Melbourne in Australien, Uppsala in Schweden und Institutionen wie die Kirche von England, der Rockefeller Brothers Fund, die Stanford Universität und die British Medical Association. Gerade als Standort der bekannten Forschungseinrichtungen wie dem Geomar Institut und dem Institut für Weltwirtschaft, die einen großen Beitrag zu einer zukunftsfähigen, nachhaltigeren Wirtschaftsweise leisten, sollte sich Kiel in besonderem Maße dafür einsetzen, die natürliche Lebensgrundlage zu erhalten, die jungen und zukünftigen Generationen zusteht.
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  • Defund DAPL: Divest Boise from U.S. Bank
    U.S. Bank is providing capital for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Thousands have gathered in North Dakota to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's efforts to protect their ancestral Tribal lands and to protect the water. Divestment campaigns are underway worldwide because people all over the world understand that the fossil fuel economy and pipelines that transport fossil fuels contribute to global warming, and threaten our clean water supply. Since October, the citizens of Boise have held regular rallies and public forums to discuss the best way we can support the Standing Rock Sioux, and take steps to protect human health. Divesting from institutions that fund DAPL sends a powerful message that we are a community united in the conviction that socially and environmentally responsible decisions are, from here on out, a vital part of the way we conduct our business and our lives.
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  • Divest Vallejo from Fossil Fuels
    We hold the future of our children and grandchildren in our hands. In the words of Seattle's Mayor McGinn, "We’re the first generation to see the effects of climate change, and the last generation who can do anything about it. To refuse to use every tool at our disposal in this fight – to embrace inaction – is to endorse a trajectory that will lead to suffering, privation, and calamity" The world leaders agreed in the Copenhagen Climate Summit that raising the global temperature more than 2 degrees Celsius would be devastating for civilization. If we continue to burn fossil fuels at current rates we will surpass this target within 12 to 15 years. Today we are already witnessing the effects of accelerated climate change: increased global temperatures have caused more extreme weather, food and water shortages, resource conflicts, climate refugees, and negative health impacts which have been felt disproportionately by coastal and impoverished communities. This is not a partisan issue, it is an ethical issue. Ethical financing is a statement that we will not support the profits of fossil fuel companies while millions of poor people around the globe bear the brunt of climate change as they experience famine, mass emigration and civil unrest as a result. The burning of fossil fuels is the major contributor to the greenhouse gas build-up which causes global climate change. To prevent climate chaos, the fossil fuel industries have to keep 80% of their reserves underground. They will not do this willingly. However, as a community, we have the power to convince them by divesting from fossil fuels. Divestment from fossil fuel companies can: 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 and 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/ You can review fossil fuel and fossil free investments at https://fossilfreefunds.org/
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  • Make Maplewood Fossil Fuel Free
    Burlington, Vermont, Aspen, Colorado, and Greenberg, Kansas have all successfully transitioned to 100% renewable energy, and many more cites across the country are setting ambitious goals to go fossil fuel free. As a town in a state that was heavily affected by Superstorm Sandy, I think it is in an economic and moral imperative that we set an example for the rest of the Garden State and rid ourselves of our dependance on fossil fuels. I believe Maplewood is uniquely suited to this challenge: we have a town full of community oriented, socially conscious individuals and families whom I believe would welcome such an exciting and ambitious challenge. Hopefully, we can set an example for other small towns to do the same. As a result of human consumption of fossil fuels, earth has an atmospheric concentration 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide, and we’re adding 2 ppm of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere every year. Unless we are able to rapidly turn that around and return to below 350 ppm this century, we risk triggering tipping points and irreversible impacts that could send climate change spinning truly beyond our control. We owe it to our children to do everything we can to leave a safe and livable planet for them. Let's do our part, and let's do it together.
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