• Fossil Free Hamburg - Offener Brief
    Mit dieser Petition rufen wir die die Stadt Hamburg, städtische Unternehmen und öffentliche Organisationen dazu auf 1. jegliche neue Investitionen in fossile Brennstoffunternehmen einzufrieren 2. eigene Anteile an direkten und indirekten Investments innerhalb der nächsten 5 Jahre abzuziehen, d.h. zu deinvestieren. Dazu gehören Aktien, Mischfonds, Unternehmensanleihen und sonstiges Kapital, die fossile Brennstoffe beinhalten.
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  • Divest New York State Teachers' Retirement System (NYSTRS) from Fossil Fuels
    Currently, climate change is threatening the very foundations of sustainable human life around the planet. As teachers and residents of New York State, it is our responsibility to live and work in a sustainable fashion. The ability of our children and grandchildren to thrive and prosper now and in the future, here in New York and beyond, is the primary goal of each and every teacher. Please help us do the right thing for their sake.
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  • LWL - raus aus Kohle, Öl und Erdgas - angefangen bei RWE
    Der neue Klimavertrag von Paris leutet eindeutig das Ende der fossilen Energien ein. Die globale Erderwärmung - bereits spürbar auch in Deutschland - kann nur aufgehalten werden, indem wir Kohle, Öl und Gas im Boden lassen. Doch was hat der Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe damit zu tun? Der LWL hat sicherlich eine besondere Verantwortung für unsere Region. Sowohl im Sozialen als auch Kulturellen leistet der LWL wertvolle Arbeit. Im Bereich Klimaschutz hat er seit 2010 besonderes Engagement gezeigt. Der Tag der erneuerbaren Energien und ihre Projekte im Bereich Energieeffizienz gehören dabei zu seinen Vorzeigeprojekten. Nun hat der LWL wieder die Möglichkeit eine Vorreiterrolle im Klimaschutz einzunehmen. Zum Hintergrund: Der im letzten Jahr veröffentlichte neuste Bericht des Weltklimarats spricht eine deutliche Sprache. Wenn wir den Klimawandel auf unter 2º Celsius begrenzen wollen, darf der Großteil der fossilen Energiereserven wie Kohle, Öl und Gas nicht verbrannt werden. Alles andere würde eine Destabilisierung des Klimas mit katastrophalen Folgen für Mensch und Natur nach sich ziehen. Laut Weltklimarat müssen Investitionen in fossile Energieträger jährlich um $30 Milliarden reduziert werden, während Investitionen in kohlenstoffarme Energiegewinnung um $147 Milliarden steigen müssen. Außerdem ist damit zu rechnen, dass Unternehmen im fossilen Sektor in den kommenden Jahren stark an Wert verlieren werden, weil sie ihre Rohstoffvorkommen nicht mehr fördern und verkaufen können. Die Finanzwelt spricht von einer Kohlenstoffblase, die kurz davor ist zu platzen. Damit stellen Investitionen in fossile Energien ein hohes finanzielles Risiko dar. Die jüngsten Verluste von RWE und Eon verdeutlichen bereits heute, dass das Geschäftsmodell des fossilen Sektors nicht zukunftsfähig ist. Studien der Internationalen Energieagentur, der Universität Oxford sowie verschiedener Großbanken wie HSBC oder Citi warnen vor Investitionen in diesem Sektor. Überall auf der Welt beginnen daher Städte, Gemeinden, Kirchen, Universitäten, Stiftungen und andere Institutionen, ihre Investments aus den 200 größten Kohle-, Erdöl- und Erdgasunternehmen abzuziehen. Seit kurzem ist Münster die erste Stadt Deutschlands, die sich der Divestment-Bewegung angeschlossen hat und ab 2016 ihre Pensionsfonds ohne Kohle, Öl und Erdgas führt. Ein solches Divestment erreicht zweierlei: Einerseits schützt es vor den Gefahren zukünftiger Wertverluste und sichert so nachhaltig die finanzielle Stabilität eines institutionellen Investors. Andererseits entzieht es klimaschädlichen Unternehmen die gesellschaftliche Zustimmung und trägt so zu dem Wandel bei, der aufgrund der Klimakrise notwendig geworden ist. Weltweit haben bereits über 400 Institutionen und 2000 Einzelpersonen ein Gesamtvermögen von über € 2,6 Billionen deinvestiert und so von der fossilen Brennstoffindustrie abgezogen. Der LWL kann nun, wie die Stadt Münster, eine Vorbildrolle einnehmen und zeigen, dass eine nachhaltige Finanzpolitik mit Rücksicht auf Natur und zukünftige Generationen möglich ist. Die globale Klimakampagne Fossil Free arbeitet mit Städten, Universitäten, Kirchen und anderen Institutionen in Europa, USA, Australien, Neuseeland, Japan, Kanada und Afrika zusammen, um gemeinsam gegen den Klimawandel und für eine lebenswerte Zukunft einzutreten. Leider steht das bisherige Klimaschutzkonzept des LWL in krassem Kontrast zu den klimaschädlichen Beteiligungen bei RWE, dem Konzern, der es bisher nicht geschafft hat, auf Erneuerbare zu setzen und weiter am Klimakiller Braunkohle festhält. Der LWL hält 19 Millionen Euro in Beteiligungen an der RWE AG. Desweiteren hält der LWL 60.000 Euro Beteiligungen an der kommunalen Beteiligungsgesellschaft RWE. Die Finanzanlagen von 1,8 Mrd Euro (Buchwert 31.12.2013) könnten auch Investitionen in den fossilen Sektor beinhalten.
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  • Divest Brisbane City Council from fossil fuels
    The Big 4 Bank’s funding of fossil fuel projects is endangering our planet and our future by exacerbating global warming that is already impacting people's lives across the world. There is also significant financial risk associated with investing in fossil fuel projects which are likely to become stranded assets as the world’s energy markets shift away from coal and gas.
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  • Divest Düsseldorf from fossil fuels - für ein Düsseldorf frei von fossilen Energien
    Nordrhein-Westfalen ist das Energieland Nummer eins. NRW hat damit auch eine besondere Verantwortung für den Klimaschutz. Ein Drittel der gesamten energiebedingten CO2-Emissionen Deutschlands und etwa 45 % der vom Emissionshandelssystem erfassten Treibhausgasemissionen stammen aus NRW. Damit leistet NRW den Haupanteil an Deutschlands Beitrag zum Klimawandel. Aus der Energiewirtschaft kommt dabei der größte Teil: Etwa 55 % der jährlichen THG-Emissionen stammen von RWE, E.on und Co. Wer es mit dem Klimaschutz ernst meint, muss zuerst und v.a. auch den Anteil der Braunkohle an der Stromerzeugung verringern. Gerade jetzt besteht die Chance für eine zukunftsfähige Weichenstellung – weg von der Braunkohle, hin zu effizienten und umweltfreundlichen Energiestrukturen. Der hiesige Kraftwerkspark ist vollständig überaltert und muss durch umweltfreundliche und effiziente Technologien ersetzt werden. Die Braunkohlenkraftwerke sind z.T. schon seit Mitte der 60er Jahre am Netz und dies mit Wirkungsgraden von etwa 30 %. Mit Fug und Recht kann man sie als „energietechnische Dinosaurier“ bezeichnen. Aber auch angeblich moderne Braunkohlekraftwerke sind klimaschutzpolitisch nicht zu tolerieren, denn RWE nutzt höhere Wirkungsgrade dazu, mehr Strom zu produzieren, während der Kohleeinsatz langfristig konstant bleiben soll. Damit bleibt aber auch die Klimabilanz verheerend. Bitte lassen Sie prüfen, ob das Portfolio der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf Finanzanlagen fossiler Unternehmen enthält und ziehen Sie alle bestehenden Investitionen in fossile Unternehmen bis spätestens 2020 ab. Eliminieren Sie alle direkten und indirekten Investitionen in fossile Energieträger und führen Sie ethische Anlagegrundsätze für zukünftige Geldanlagen der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf ein. Lassen Sie uns als Landeshauptstadt NRWs mit gutem Beispiel voran gehen.
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  • Divest Northamptonshire From Fossil Fuels
    In order to stop the global climate warming by 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and avert global catastrophe, 80% of all known fossil fuels must stay in the ground. [1] By removing investments in fossil fuel companies Northamptonshire County Council will be showing its commitment to creating a healthy, sustainable future for both the people of Northants and the planet as a whole. 97% of climate scientists agree that humans are the primary cause of recent climate change, largely due to the release of greenhouse gases from the combustion of oil, coal and gas for heat and power. Climate change is happening now - we’re already experiencing global temperature rise, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets and more frequent and intense extreme weather events. [2] Whole ecosystems are threatened, and people's lives are at risk due to flooding, food and water insecurity, creating climate change refugees. [3] NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Northamptonshire Local Government Pension Scheme Fund Total-£1,659,847,000 Total Fossil Fuel Investment- £171,800,000 (10.35%) Direct Investments- £115,377,000 (6.95%) Projected Indirect Investments-£56,423,000.00 (3.39%) [4] [1] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30709211 [2] http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ [3] http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49e4a5096.html [4] http://gofossilfree.org/uk/pensions/
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  • Divest Albemarle 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 cannot count on the federal government, even as extreme weather events can overwhelm local budgets. Average temperatures are already increasing, along with the frequency of extreme heat, storms, and dry summers. 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 Shepparton from Fossil Fuels
    Climate change is not simply an environmental problem, but an issue of social justice, intergenerational equity, and the viability for future human endeavors. It is now widely understood that we cannot safely burn even one-third of global fossil fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years. We are already witnessing the increasing impacts of a warming planet more and more consistently; in the last year alone our country experienced record-breaking heat, droughts, and extreme rainfall. These events had a grave impact on hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country billions of dollars. Experts agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic climate disasters. Through its current investment portfolio, City of Greater Shepparton is facilitating and profiting from the continued and expanding extraction and burning of fossil fuels, despite the harm that these practices are known to be causing to many millions of people worldwide. It is unethical and immoral for our council to be investing in, and profiting from companies that will condemn the planet to climate disaster. Therefore, we are calling on City of Greater Shepparton to divest from the fossil fuel industry. We believe divestment not only makes sense morally, but increasingly also financially, given the decrease in oil prices and associated investments and likelihood of a ‘carbon bubble’ bursting. Continued investment in companies that extract fossil fuels represents a significant risk to City of Greater Shepparton as these companies will face large devaluations when the world moves to lower emission energy sources. Let's strengthen City of Greater Shepparton’s commitment to sustainability and social justice by going fossil free.
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  • Hobart City Council Divestment. The petition is closed. 1500 signatures total on paper, plus online!
    As rate paying residents of Hobart we are extremely concerned about the effects of catastrophic climate change on our planet in general and Tasmania specifically.  We are calling upon Hobart City Council to live up to its promise to lead the community in responding to the threat of climate change and join the growing number of cities and municipalities worldwide in divesting from the fossil fuel industry.   Hobart City Council currently has $26 million, over 70% of its total investment portfolio, with the big banks which finance the fossil fuel industry.   There is a global concensus that the rise in temperatureS must be limited to 2°C to avoid catastrophic climate change, which would have severe effects both globally and locally, with Tasmania predicted to experience loss of economically important ecosystems and species due to warming oceans, loss of coastal areas to rising sea levels and increase in the frequency and severity of catastrophic bushfires.   To ensure warming does not exceed this 2°C limit, it has been estimated that 80% of remaining fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground. Since national governments are not acting fast enough to ensure this, a growing number of local governments are ruling out using the money entrusted to them by their residents to advance the destruction of our planet. Cities that have divested so far have included Melbourne, Newcastle, Byron Shire Council, Freemantle, ACT, San Francisco, Seattle, Oslo and many others.
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  • Fossil Free Merseyside Local Government Divestment Campaign
    Climate change is the biggest threat to the future of our global society. Research carried out by Bill McKibben and 350.org has identified that fossil fuel companies declared reserves far exceed the amount that can be safely burned if we are to limit Co² in the atmosphere to a level that will keep projected temperature rises to within 2°C. 2°C was the “safe” level of temperature rises agreed at the Copenhagen Climate talks and that figure was based on the overwhelming scientific consensus among climate scientists. To keep temperature rises below 2°C we need to limit the amount of Co² we emit and that means that 80% of the declared reserves of the largest 200 fossil fuel companies cannot be burned. Temperature rises above 2°C will have devastating consequences for people, societies and eco-systems around the world. There are moral reasons to divest. If business as usual means investing in an industry that will have devastating effects on future generations, this is an issue of inter-generational justice. There are financial reasons. The value of the companies is based on the fossil fuel reserves which are held and their potential future profits, and given that 80% of known reserves must stay in the ground the value of these shares is vastly overestimated. The value of the shares are expected to fall dramatically in future and if we don't act quickly our investments will make a loss as 'stranded assets' when the Carbon Bubble bursts. The Merseyside Pension fund currently has £198,897,000 directly invested in fossil fuel companies and another estimated £156,298,000 indirectly invested in commingled funds that include fossil fuel companies. This means in total the pension fund has £355,195,000 invested in fossil fuels. For more information about divestment please visit http://gofossilfree.org/uk/
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  • North East DIVEST - Leave it in the Ground
    Because Climate Change brings all manner of changes to our living experiences at this present time. This is not only for us in the UK, but for many other of the human race around the world. Fossil fuel reserves are more than three times higher than we can afford to burn in order to stay below the generally agreed threshold for dangerous climate change. Our children should not have to face the difficulties we are setting up for them by continuing to rely on fossil fuels. The effects on the Southern Pacific Islands and other Small Island States illustrate to us that the only moral choice for institutions that care about the planet and it's residents, is divestment.
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  • Divest Derbyshire
    1. Derbyshire County Council Pension Fund has £290 million invested in fossil fuel industries, including Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Rio Tinto. Fossil fuel industries make up nearly 6% of the pension fund. 2. The pension fund affects over 170 employers in Derbyshire including Derbyshire County Council, all the borough and District Councils in Derbyshire [1]; Derby City Council; Chesterfield College; Derby College; Derbyshire Fire Authority; Derbyshire Police Authority; Peak District National Park Authority; University of Derby and a large group of smaller employers. 3. 97% of climate scientists agree that humans are the primary cause of recent climate change, largely due to the release of greenhouse gases from the combustion of oil, coal and gas for heat and power. Climate change is happening now - we’re already experiencing global temperature rise, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets and more frequent and intense extreme weather events. [2] Whole ecosystems are threatened, and people's lives are at risk due to flooding, food and water insecurity, creating climate change refugees. [3] 4. In order to stop the global climate warming by 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and avert global catastrophe, 80% of all known fossil fuels must stay in the ground. [4] By removing investments in fossil fuel companies Derbyshire County Council will be showing its commitment to creating a healthy, sustainable future for both the people of Derbyshire and the planet as a whole. 5. There is also a financial argument to divest from fossil fuels. The need and growing political pressure to leave as much of our fossil fuels in the ground make the risk of stranded assets (worthless fuel stocks that regulation will prevent from being burned) very real. [5] At the same time it is becoming more expensive both to find and to extract the remaining fuel deposits, while, renewable energy technology is becoming more efficient and less expensive. [6]. Both of these factors create risks for investors. People and institutions that own shares in fossil fuel companies will see the value of their investments decrease. [7,8] 6. Institutions across the world including churches and universities, the Environment Agency [9] as well as local authorities in the UK such as Bristol City Council and Oxford City Council have already committed to divest from fossil fuels. [10] Let's see Derbyshire join them in making this small but impactful commitment. This petition is supported by the following Derbyshire organisations (in alphabetical order): Amber Valley Against Fracking; Calow Against Gas Extraction (CAGE); Chesterfield and District TUC; Chesterfield Climate Alliance; Clay Cross Against Fracking; Creswell Against Fracking; Derby Climate Coalition; Eckington Against Fracking; Glossopdale Transition Initiative; Melbourne Area Transition; Sustainable Edale; Sustainable Hayfield; Transition Belper; Transition Buxton; Transition Chesterfield; Transition Hope Valley; Transition Matlock; Transition New Mills. Transition Wirksworth; University of Derby Students’ Union. Please let us know if you would like your group to be added to this list. A hard copy of this petition can be downloaded from www.transitionchesterfield.org/divest-derbyshire/ Notes [1] Amber Valley Borough Council; Bolsover District Council; Chesterfield Borough Council; Derby City Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Erewash Borough Council;; High Peak Borough Council; North East Derbyshire District Council; South Derbyshire District Council [2] http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ [3] www.unhcr.org/pages/49e4a5096.html [4] www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30709211 [5] www.carbontracker.org/report/wasted-capital-and-stranded-assets/ [6] www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/10957292/Fossil-industry-is-the-subprime-danger-of-this-cycle.html [7] www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/03/bank-of-england-warns-of-financial-risk-from-fossil-fuel-investments [8] www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/12/millions-wiped-off-uk-local-government-pensions-due-to-coal-crash-analysis-shows [9] www.eapf.org.uk/en/news-feed [10] http://gofossilfree.org/commitments/
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