• LEESBURG VA RESOLUTION REQUESTING DIVESTMENT OF THE VIRGINIA RETIREMENT SYSTEM FROM FOSSIL FUELS
    The Virginia Retirement System (VRS) has the fiduciary responsibility to invest public employee retirement savings in enterprises that do not undermine the future health and safety of those same employees. The fossil fuel industry's business objectives are to extract all known fossil fuel reserves and continue to explore for new reserves. We know that if more than 20% of the known reserves are extracted and burned, the climate impacts will adversely affect all aspects of society. Because it is unconscionable for the VRS to invest in corporations that threaten VA’s public employees and all VA residents, we request the Town of Leesburg, VA, adopt a resolution requesting the Virginia General Assembly to direct the VRS to divest from fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds.
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  • Divest Petaluma 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 Warwick 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 Oceanside 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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  • Karlsruhe
    Sehr geehrter Herr Dr. Frank Mentrup Sehr geehrte Mitglieder des Gemeinderats, Die Stadt Karlsruhe hat schon in der Vergangenheit besonderes Engagement im Klimaschutz gezeigt..Nun hat die Stadt Karlsruhe wieder die Möglichkeit eine Vorreiterrolle im Klimaschutz einzunehmen. Zum Hintergrund: Der kürzlich 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. Ein solches Divestment erreicht zweierlei: Einerseits schützt es vor den Gefahren zukünftiger Wertverluste und sichert so nachhaltig die finanzielle Stabilität Ihrer Stadt. Andererseits entzieht es klimaschädlichen Unternehmen die gesellschaftliche Zustimmung und trägt so zu Wandel bei, der aufgrund der Klimakrise notwendig geworden ist. In den Vereinigten Staaten haben bereits 25 Städte verbindlich beschlossen ihre Anteile an Unternehmen des fossilen Sektors zu verkaufen. Darunter sind Großstädte wie San Francisco oder Seattle. Dagegen steht die Bewegung in Europa noch am Anfang. In den Niederlanden hat sich die Stadt Boxtel Ende 2013 als erste europäische Stadt verbindlich Divestment verschrieben. Karlsruhe kann nun in Deutschland diese Vorreiterrolle einnehmen und zeigen, dass eine nachhaltige Finanzpolitik mit Rücksicht auf Natur und zukünftige Generationen möglich ist. Die globale Klimakampagne 350.org arbeitet mit Städten, Universitäten, Kirchen und anderen Institutionen in Europa, USA, Australien, Neuseeland, Kanada und Afrika zusammen, um gemeinsam gegen den Klimawandel und für eine lebenswerte Zukunft einzutreten. Mir persönlich ist dieses Anliegen wichtig, weil ich Karlsruhe schätze und gerne hier wohne. Ich hoffe, dass Sie Schritte einleiten, um: Keine neuen Investitionen in fossile Brennstoffe mehr zu tätigen Eigene Anteile an direkten und indirekten Investments innerhalb der nächsten 5 Jahre abzustoßen. Dazu gehören Aktien, Mischfonds, Unternehmensanleihen und sonstiges Kapital das Erdöl-, Erdgas- und Kohleunternehmen beinhaltet. Ich freue mich auf die Zusammenarbeit mit Ihnen und stehe Ihnen für Rückfragen zur Verfügung. Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Martin Kühnemundt Quellenangaben 1. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg3/ 2. Artikel zum Finanzrisiko Kohlenstoffblase in der Zeit: http://www.zeit.de/2014/08/carbon-bubble-rohstoff-blase 3. Internationale Energieagentur. World Energy Outlook 2012: http://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/German.pdf 4. Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, Oxford. Stranded Assets Programme http://www.smithschool.ox.ac.uk/research/stranded-assets/ 5. HSBC, Coal and Carbon - Stranded assets: Assessing the risks https://www.research.hsbc.com/midas/Res/RDV?p=pdf&key=dXwE9bC8qs&n=333473.PDF 6. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/apr/19/carbon-bubble-financial-crash-crisis 7. Liste der Top 200 Kohle-, Erdöl-, Erdgasunternehmen weltweit: https://docs.google.com/a/350.org/spreadsheets/d/1an9qOSE2uG4XuzeA4ltUVadDawheTWdJGKRpU5ayCJk/pubhtml 8. Eine Liste der Städte, Universitäten, Kirchen und anderer Institutionen die sich Divestment verschrieben haben: http://gofossilfree.org/commitments/
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  • Amsterdam Fossiel Vrij
    Recente berekeningen laten zien dat 80% van de bewezen reserves van de fossiele brandstof industrie (kolen, olie, gas) niet verbrand kunnen worden willen we de gemiddelde temperatuurstijging beperken tot de internationaal afgesproken 2 graden Celsius. Investeringen in deze voorraden zijn dus kwetsbaar; de dreigende koolstof bubbel. Fossiele industrie draagt direct bij aan klimaatverandering. Profiteren van fossiele brandstoffen is daarom niet alleen economisch onverstandig maar ook moreel verwerpelijk. Bovendien is het niet nodig. De hernieuwbare energie sector groeit erg snel. Hierin investeren zal innovatie en werkgelegenheid stimuleren. Met het oog op de VN klimaatonderhandelingen in december in Parijs (COP21) kan Amsterdam een voorbeeld stellen. Door te divesteren en te herinvesteren kan de Gemeente Amsterdam laten zien dat zij ook daadwerkelijk voor de belangen van haar jongste inwoners staat.
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  • Local Government Council Divestment Campaign in WA
    To maintain a liveable planet the United Nations is stating we need to keep 80% of our fossil fuels in the ground. We should appreciate our many renewable energy resources. Yet, our carbon emitting coal and gas industries continue to expand. Our banks and superannuation institutions invest trillions of dollars in the fossil fuel industry. Divestment, by moving money out of fossil fuels, sends a strong message that we no longer support companies that profit from climate change. “If it is wrong to wreck the planet then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage.” We have a choice. We must do all we possibly can to get money out of fossil fuels, as fast as we can to preserve a liveable planet for our children and grandchildren. The big four banks have loaned $36 billion since 2008 to new coal and gas projects in Australia. The coal and gas boom is threatening our farms, water resources, health, the environment and natural icons such as the Great Barrier Reef. It is also jeopardising our chances of keeping global warming to within manageable limits. The big banks are custodians of the majority of Australians’ money and most Local Councils have council/ratepayers money invested in them. They need to be held accountable for how it is used.
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  • Fossil Free Monona
    It’s simple math: we can emit 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Burning the fossil fuel that corporations now have in their reserves would result in emitting 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide – five times the safe amount. At our current rate, we’ll blow through our 565-gigaton allowance in 16 years, around the time today’s preschoolers will be graduating from high school. Fossil fuel companies are planning to burn it all — unless we rise up to stop them. This will not be easy, but a movement has begun. Cities and communities across the planet are leading the fight against climate change. Like Monona, cities are adopting Sustainability plans, installing solar panels, and becoming more energy efficient. Now cities are adding another strategy in stopping the climate crisis: divestment from fossil fuels. As a stay at home mother of two young children, Monona resident Beth Esser decided she needed to get involved in the fossil fuel divestment movement after learning about this simple math and the crisis we are facing. In December Beth proposed to the City of Monona's Sustainability Committee that the city pass a divestment from fossil fuels resolution, similar to the resolutions Dane County, Madison, & Bayfield, WI passed last year. Individuals and cities can all work to decrease our fossil fuel use, but we also need to have changes in our policies and infrastructure to transition us off of fossil fuels and avoid the worst impacts of climate change. That is where divestment can play a role-increasing the pressure to force governments to address this issue head on. Please make your voice heard! Sign this petition to show your support that Monona should pass the fossil fuel divestment resolution. The resolution will be heading to the Monona City Council this summer and we need Monona residents to join this empowering and hopeful movement as we work to protect our planet for future generations. Thank you!
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  • STØTT OPPRETTELSEN AV GREENSTAT. DET GRØNNE STATOIL
    Det mangler ikke store ord og tanker om hva Norge skal drive med for å nå våre klimamål. Men i et samfunn som fortsatt går på oljesmurt høygir mangler det konkret handling innen nye fornybare verdikjeder. Det drives noe forskning og utvikling, men uten en stor industriell aktør med finansiell kraft til å gjennomføre de riktige prosjektene stopper de fleste initiativene opp. Dette gjør at studenter som har utdannet seg til å jobbe innen fornybar energi ikke har en reell mulighet til å jobbe med det de brenner for, men blir i stedet sluset inn i godt betalte petroleums jobber. Når også petroleumsindustrien begynner å møte motbakke og går til oppsigelser haster det mer enn noen gang med å få på plass nye næringer. De fleste ønsker å bruke arbeidslivet til noe som gir mening og som bidrar til en bedre framtid. At en del av Norges befolkning skal jobbe med petroleumsaktiviteter i mange år ses på som naturlig, men der er det ikke jobb for alle. Det haster derfor med å få på plass en satsning innen fornybar energi som kan skape arbeidsplasser for en grønn generasjon. Basert på vår energihistorie har hel, eller deleide statlige selskaper spilt en avgjørende rolle i etableringen av nye næringer. Vi tror at opprettelsen av Greenstat vil kunne bidra positivt til den grønne omleggingen vi ønsker.
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  • Konstanz - öffentliche Investitionen raus aus fossilen Brennstoffen
    Die Klimakrise und ihre Folgen stellen eine akute Gefahr für unsere Gesellschaften dar. Die globale Temperatur steigt kontinuierlich an. Schon heute sind die zerstörerischen Folgen dieser Entwicklung auch bei uns spürbar. Dazu gehören immer mehr extreme Hitzeperioden in europäischen Städten genauso wie die Jahrhundertfluten, die inzwischen alle 10 Jahre auftreten. Bei der “Jahrhundertflut” 2013 waren neun Bundesländer betroffen, in 55 Landkreisen musste Katastrophenalarm ausgerufen werden, Zehntausende Menschen mussten für Wochen ihre Wohnungen verlassen. Das Klima verändert sich buchstäblich vor unseren Augen. Beinahe alle Regierungen der Welt stimmen heute überein, dass eine Erwärmung um mehr als 2°C gefährlich wäre und durch katastrophale Rückkopplungen dazu führen könnte, dass auf unserem Planeten menschliches Leben unmöglich wird. Gleichzeitig bleiben uns nur noch weniger als 10 Jahre die entscheidenden Schritte einzuleiten um das 2° Ziel noch zu erreichen und eine sich immer weiter selbst verstärkende Erwärmung zu verhindern. Dazu müssen wir dafür sorgen, dass 80% aller heute bekannten Vorkommen fossiler Brennstoffe unter der Erde bleiben. Erdölkonzerne erschließen jedoch immer schneller die bestehenden Vorkommen und geben gleichzeitig Milliarden aus, um immer mehr fossile Brennstoffe zu finden. Wenn wir so weitermachen wie bisher, ist die Welt auf bestem Wege, fünfmal soviel fossile Brennstoffe zu verbrennen wie laut vorsichtigen Schätzungen „sicher“ wären.
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  • Divest the City of Beaverton from Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power!
    Our local government has a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying our future. We can reinvest in solutions to climate change! For more about my work on Climate Change as I prepare to become a Bar Mitzvah please visit: yitzchakadin.wordpress.com. We can not count on action by the federal government. We as individuals, citizens, and members of other organizations need to act also. Extreme weather events are overwhelming local budgets across our country. Nuclear power is no better--not only is it nuclear (and therefore terrible, which should be obvious)--fossil fuels are used heavily in its production and in attempts to minimize the hazard of storing nuclear waste. 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 and nuclear power now!
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  • Divest Douglas County Nebraska from Fossil Fuel Investments
    The faster emissions are reduced, the lower the risks posed by climate change. Delays in reducing emissions could commit the planet to a wide range of adverse impacts, especially if the sensitivity of the climate to greenhouse gases is on the higher end of the estimated range. • Waiting for unacceptable impacts to occur before taking action is imprudent because the effects of greenhouse gas emissions do not fully manifest themselves for decades and, once manifested, many of these changes will persist for hundreds or even thousands of years. • The sooner that serious efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions proceed, the less pressure there will be to make steeper (and thus likely more expensive) emission reductions later.
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