• Kein Geld für Kohle, Öl und Gas - Erzbistum Freiburg soll Fossil Free werden
    Kohle-, Öl- und Gasunternehmen treiben die Klimakrise weiter voran und behindern seit Jahrzehnten Klimaschutzmaßnahmen. Es ist Zeit, dass unsere Institutionen Stellung beziehen und ihre Gelder aus fossilen Brennstoffen abziehen. Wir dürfen kaum noch fossile Brennstoffe verbrennen, damit sich die Erde, wie von den Regierungen im Pariser Klimaschutzabkommen vereinbart, nicht um mehr als 1,5 °C erwärmt. Wenn die derzeit bestehenden Kohle-, Öl- und Gasprojekte nicht frühzeitig beendet werden, werden die Temperaturen weltweit aufgrund der Emissionen um über 2 °C ansteigen. Das bedeutet, dass es keine neuen fossilen Brennstoffprojekte mehr geben darf und wir laufende Projekte stoppen müssen. Hunderte Glaubensgemeinschaften, Konfessionen und religiöse Einrichtungen weltweit engagieren sich im Bereich Klimaschutz und viele gehen Divestment-Verpflichtungen ein. Auch in Deutschland wird es Zeit, dass die Kirchen ihr Geld aus Firmen abziehen, die ihren Umsatz mit der Förderung fossiler Energieträger machen. Dass Kohle, Öl und Gas ersetzt werden müssen, sagt auch Papst Franziskus: „Wir wissen, dass die Technologie, die auf den sehr umweltschädlichen fossilen Brennstoffen – vor allem von Kohle, aber auch von Erdöl und…Gas – basiert, fortschreitend und unverzüglich ersetzt werden muss” (Papst Franziskus, Laudato Si, 165) Institutionen, die weiterhin in fossile Brennstoffe investieren, setzen öffentliche Gelder einem enormen finanziellen Risiko aus und unterstützen eine Branche, die aktiv Klimaschutzmaßnahmen behindert. Sie sollten stattdessen lieber den Ausstieg aus fossilen Brennstoffen unterstützen und in Technologien investieren, die eine emissionsfreie Energieversorgung ermöglichen.
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  • Divest From Fossil Fuels
    If it’s wrong to wreck the planet, then it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage. The movement to divest from fossil fuels has always hinged on a fundamentally moral argument: Investment in the fossil fuel industry is wrong. Climate change is unjust. These are precepts that Christians and non-Christians alike can agree on. In the past two years, hundreds of universities, cities, and faith communities have rallied around the idea of fossil fuel divestment, calling on institutions to align their investments with their moral principles and send a clear symbolic message: The actions of this industry are incompatible with a liveable planet, and we are taking a stand against it.
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  • Divest Archdiocese of Chicago From Fossil Fuels
    If it is wrong to wreck the planet, then it is also wrong to profit from that wreckage. The movement to divest from fossil fuels has always hinged on a fundamentally moral argument: Investment in the fossil fuel industry is wrong. Climate change is unjust. These are precepts that Christians and non-Christians alike can agree on. In the past two years, hundreds of universities, cities, and faith communities have rallied around the idea of fossil fuel divestment, calling on institutions to align their investments with their moral principles and send a clear symbolic message: The actions of this industry are incompatible with a livable planet, and we are taking a stand against it. If the goal of Cardinal Cupich's "Renew My Church" initiative is to make Chicagoland parishes more vital and sustainable, then divestment from fossil fuels must be included in the conversation and action plans.
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  • Chico Community Church: Divest from Fossil Fuels!
    The Bible states that "the world and all it contains" are God's. (Psalm 89 v 11) Thus, it seems immoral that some people will use the world as a tool to exploit for their own profit and to satisfy their greed. If we believe God created the world, and we are to be good caretakers of His planet, them we cannot offer monetary assistance to any persons seeking to continue exacerbating mankind's current unsustainable lifestyle.
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  • Create a Jewish Fossil free Jewish Community
    Even as extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy, floods, droughts and fires threaten to overwhelm local budgets, government action to solve the global climate crisis is all but stalled. 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. Signatories to the Jewish Climate Covenant have agreed to take action across our communities to support global efforts to tackle climate change. We stand with those calling for strident and just global measures to limit global average temperatures to a 1.5 degree rise by the end of the century. To achieve this, we know that over 80% of fossil fuels must be kept in the ground. We hope such action will protect the poorest and those most vulnerable to the impacts of global environmental change. To that end we urge Jewish synagogues, charities and companies to adopt socially and environmentally responsible investment practices in line with the prophetic traditions of supporting the weak, protecting the land we live on and Tikkun Olam. This includes an investment portfolio that explicitly excludes fossil fuels . We have a responsibility to not profit from an industry that’s destroying our future, impoverishing people around the world and undermining the good work of Jewish people of faith around the world. The bottom line is this: moving money away from fossil fuels is the only moral choice for institutions that care about the planet and its residents. It's time we realise that action to prevent climate change is not an option, but a crucial part of our religious duty as Jews.
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  • Divest the Episcopal Church from Fossil Fuels
    "It is wrong to profit from wrecking the planet." - Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org The Episcopal Church must stand behind its marks of mission and be a part of the solution and not continue to support companies that contribute to climate change. The global crisis of climate change requires immediate action. We cannot address global poverty without also addressing environmental degradation caused by increasing carbon dioxide levels. Without any alternative options for energy, we in the Episcopal Church are all complicit, but unless we invest in renewable sources of energy, we will be forever in the situation of having to more so by supporting a company with our investments. The influence and size of the Episcopal Church makes it a prime candidate to be a leader in the domestic and global environmental movements. Let's follow the lead of the Anglican Church and divest from fossil fuels!
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  • Divest from Fossil Fuels: Unitarian Church of South Australia
    In the interest of integrity, our Church's shareholdings need to be consistent with our principles. With climate change threatening our planet so severely, continuing to profit from the production of fossil fuels is inconsistent with our commitment to "respect the interdependent web of all existence" (our 7th principle). Given the devastating impact climate change is predicted to have on communities, particularly the poorest, profiting from fossil fuels is also arguably inconsistent with our 1st Principle - the inherent worth and dignity of every person; our 2nd Principle - justice, equity and compassion in human relations; and our 6th Principle - the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. In addition, there are strong financial arguments for divestment given that the pace at which the world is moving towards renewables leaves question marks over the long term prospects of fossil fuel producing companies.
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  • Disinvest the Church in Wales from fossil fuels
    1. Care for God’s creation is central to the Christian faith. There is a moral imperative for the Church and Christian community in the UK to take immediate and decisive action in response to the growing threat of human-induced climate change from the burning of fossil fuels. 2. The impact of human-induced climate change is already being experienced around the world, often affecting poorer communities most. The impacts, which are likely to increase, include reduced food security, drought, famine, severe flooding and extreme weather causing devastation, fires, heat-waves, disease and migration of populations. 3. The scientific consensus tells us that 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must not be burned but must remain in the ground, in order to keep the rise in average global temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius, the internationally agreed level to avoid catastrophic climate change. 4. The Church has a unique opportunity to demonstrate leadership on this issue and to influence the public debate on the ethics of continuing to invest in fossil fuels. 5. Increasing numbers of experts in the financial sector are warning of the increasing financial risk of investing in fossil fuels. The Church in Wales currently holds substantial investments in major fossil fuel companies. For more information about the campaign please see www.brightnow.org.uk
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  • Disinvest the Methodist Church in Britain from fossil fuels
    1. Care for God’s creation is central to the Christian faith. There is a moral imperative for the Church and Christian community in the UK to take immediate and decisive action in response to the growing threat of human-induced climate change from the burning of fossil fuels. 2. The impact of human-induced climate change is already being experienced around the world, often affecting poorer communities most. The impacts, which are likely to increase, include reduced food security, drought, famine, severe flooding and extreme weather causing devastation, fires, heat-waves, disease and migration of populations. 3. The scientific consensus tells us that 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must not be burned but must remain in the ground, in order to keep the rise in average global temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius, the internationally agreed level to avoid catastrophic climate change. 4. The Church has made commitments to address climate change and reduce its overall carbon footprint. It is important that this commitment is extended to how funds are invested. The Church has a unique opportunity to demonstrate leadership on this issue and to influence the public debate on the ethics of continuing to invest in fossil fuels. 5. Increasing numbers of experts in the financial sector are warning of the increasing financial risk of investing in fossil fuels. The Methodist Church in Britain holds substantial investments in major fossil fuel companies. For more information about the campaign please see www.brightnow.org.uk
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  • Disinvest the Church of England from fossil fuels
    1. Climate change is becoming an ever more urgent issue, with increasingly severe impacts on our sisters and brothers around the world. Experts estimate that one person every second is displaced by climate or weather-related disasters. According to the Lancet, the number of weather-related disasters has increased by 46% since the year 2000. 2. Churches have a duty to ensure that their investments do not compromise the ethical position of their institutions. It is deeply uncomfortable for the Church to continue to invest in fossil fuels, which are causing the very harm it seeks to alleviate. 3. The Church of England invests more than £190 million in fossil fuel companies, despite the increasing financial risks of fossil fuel investments. A Carbon Tracker report published in 2017 found that five out of six major oil and gas companies were risking more than 30% of investments on projects that will never be pursued if global average temperature rises are limited to 2 degrees Celsius. 4. At Shell's AGM in May 2018, 95% of shareholders rejected a resolution calling on the company to set stronger emissions targets in line with the Paris Agreement goals. ExxonMobil blocked a resolution on climate change from being considered at its 2018 AGM. It is clear that engagement with fossil fuel companies isn't working. 5. The vast majority of known fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground if we are to have any chance of meeting the Paris Agreement targets. The reserves in currently operating oil and gas fields alone would take the world beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming. 6. The Church of England has made commitments to address climate change and reduce its overall carbon footprint. This commitment must be extended to how funds are invested. The Church has a unique opportunity to demonstrate leadership on this issue and to influence the public debate on the ethics of continuing to invest in fossil fuels. For more information about Operation Noah's Bright Now campaign, please visit www.brightnow.org.uk
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  • Divest Baltimore Washington Conference of United Methodist Church from Fossil Fuels!
    WHEREAS, all creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship of creation; and WHEREAS, we acknowledge the global impact of humanity’s disregard for God’s creation. Rampant industrialization and the corresponding increase in the use of fossil fuels have led to a buildup of pollutants in the earth’s atmosphere. These “greenhouse gas” emissions threaten to alter dramatically the earth’s climate for generations to come with severe environmental, economic, and social implications. The adverse impacts of global climate change disproportionately affect individuals and nations least responsible for the emissions; and WHEREAS, any truly effective strategy to combat climate change will likely require … keeping a significant portion of remaining fossil-fuel reserves in the ground rather than burning them. … (T)hat roughly 80% of the world’s fossil fuel reserves cannot be consumed without pushing the earth’s temperature beyond 2˚ C increase that climate scientists believe marks the tipping point beyond which impact are likely to be catastrophic; and WHEREAS, we can invest in alternatives – better companies, better strategies, better outcomes. We can invest in the future, and in those companies whose technologies and solutions will help catalyze the transition to a truly sustainable global economy; and WHEREAS, for decades, fossil fuel companies have spent millions of dollars to influence legislation in state capitals and Congress and have been very successful in their efforts to block carbon emission goals and cut off support for clean and renewable energy sources.
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  • Divest the Church of Scotland from Fossil Fuels
    As Christians we have a commitment to justice for the poor who are already suffering the worst effects of climate change and have done little to cause it. More frequent and intense hurricanes and flooding, longer and more frequent droughts and sea-level rise is already a reality that millions face across the globe, especially in the developing world. Climate changing is having a negative impact of food security leading to famine and conflict. In addition to the thousands of fatalities caused by these climate disasters many more people are forced from their homes. We accept the science that climate change is being driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. We acknowledge that this is primarily caused by the burning of fossil fuels. We accept, as has been internationally agreed, global temperature rise is should be limited to less than 2.C to avert the worst impacts of climate change. The Fossil fuel companies have five times more coal, oil and gas in their reserves than we can safely burn and stay below 2.C global temperature rise. If no action is taken then these reserves will be burnt and the resulting climate change will be catastrophic. We must keep the oil in the soil, the coal in the hole and the gas beneath the grass. The church should take a moral stand and withdraw its investment from the fossil fuel industry. Through their contribution to climate change, oil spills, air pollution (causing thousands of deaths a year) and destruction of ecosystems the fossil fuel companies have lost their social license to operate.
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