• Fossil Free Jewish Theological Seminary!
    Climate change is accelerating. We are witness to the increasing impacts of anthropogenic warming on the planet; 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. The scientific community is unanimous in connecting the acceleration and intensification of these climate disasters to the burning of fossil fuels. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which includes more than 1,300 scientists from around the world, concur that warming beyond 2 degrees Celsius will cause irreparable, catastrophic damage to our world. Much of this damage will be felt by those least able to bear these burdens, and least responsible for warming the atmosphere. To remain below 2 degrees, we can release no more than 500 gigatons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Yet, fossil fuel companies such as Exxon, BP, and Peabody have over 2,795 gigatons of CO2 equivalent in reserve. These companies already have the financial impetus to surpass the 500 gigaton mark. 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.
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  • Go Fossil Free!
    Climate change is accelerating. 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. Hurricane Sandy alone caused $50 billion in damages. Experts agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic climate 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.
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  • DIVEST TORFAEN PENSION FUND FROM FOSSIL FUEL INVESTMENTS
    Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity has encountered, not just environmentally but also economically, morally and socially. In order to avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change, global warming must not exceed 2°C which means 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must not be used. Recent research, instigated by the Carbon Tracker foundation, asserts that there are five times more fossil-fuel reserves than can be burnt if internationally agreed carbon emissions targets are to be met. Fossil fuel equities also pose significant financial risks. As governments control carbon emissions to meet these targets a large proportion of fossil fuel reserves which companies expect to extract will become stranded assets: a “carbon bubble”. Funds which are exposed to fossil fuel equities when this bubble bursts can expect to suffer considerable losses. The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney has recently expressed concerns over climate risk, stating that the “vast majority of reserves are unburnable” if global temperature rises are to be limited to below 2C (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/13/mark-carney-fossil-fuel-reserves-burned-carbon-bubble) Institutions around the world including local government, universities and churches are pulling out of fossil fuels investments and moving towards a cleaner energy future. By divesting from fossil fuels, the Greater Gwent (Torfaen) Pension Fund will join public institutions such as the British Medical Association, Glasgow University and Oxford City Council, amongst many others, in leading by example to help create a sustainable future for it's citizens. In support of this movement we ask you to sign and share our petition. Thank you for your support
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  • DIVEST DYFED PENSION FUND FROM FOSSIL FUEL INVESTMENTS
    Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity has encountered, not just environmentally but also economically, morally and socially. In order to avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change, global warming must not exceed 2°C which means 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must not be used. Recent research, instigated by the Carbon Tracker foundation, asserts that there are five times more fossil-fuel reserves than can be burnt if internationally agreed carbon emissions targets are to be met. Fossil fuel equities also pose significant financial risks. As governments control carbon emissions to meet these targets a large proportion of fossil fuel reserves which companies expect to extract will become stranded assets: a “carbon bubble”. Funds which are exposed to fossil fuel equities when this bubble bursts can expect to suffer considerable losses. The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney has recently expressed concerns over climate risk, stating that the “vast majority of reserves are unburnable” if global temperature rises are to be limited to below 2C (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/13/mark-carney-fossil-fuel-reserves-burned-carbon-bubble) Institutions around the world including local government, universities and churches are pulling out of fossil fuels investments and moving towards a cleaner energy future. By divesting from fossil fuels, the Dyfed Pension Fund will join public institutions such as the British Medical Association, Glasgow University and Oxford City Council, amongst many others, in leading by example to help create a sustainable future for it's citizens. In support of this movement we ask you to sign and share our petition. Thank you for your support
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  • DIVEST CLWYD PENSION FUND FROM FOSSIL FUEL INVESTMENTS
    Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity has encountered, not just environmentally but also economically, morally and socially. In order to avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change, global warming must not exceed 2°C which means 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must not be used. Recent research, instigated by the Carbon Tracker foundation, asserts that there are five times more fossil-fuel reserves than can be burnt if internationally agreed carbon emissions targets are to be met. Fossil fuel equities also pose significant financial risks. As governments control carbon emissions to meet these targets a large proportion of fossil fuel reserves which companies expect to extract will become stranded assets: a “carbon bubble”. Funds which are exposed to fossil fuel equities when this bubble bursts can expect to suffer considerable losses. The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney has recently expressed concerns over climate risk, stating that the “vast majority of reserves are unburnable” if global temperature rises are to be limited to below 2C (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/13/mark-carney-fossil-fuel-reserves-burned-carbon-bubble) Institutions around the world including local government, universities and churches are pulling out of fossil fuels investments and moving towards a cleaner energy future. By divesting from fossil fuels, the Clwyd Pension Fund will join public institutions such as the British Medical Association, Glasgow University and Oxford City Council, amongst many others, in leading by example to help create a sustainable future for it's citizens. In support of this movement we ask you to sign and share our petition. Thank you for your support
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  • DIVEST GWYNEDD PENSION FUND FROM FOSSIL FUEL INVESTMENTS
    Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity has encountered, not just environmentally but also economically, morally and socially. In order to avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change, global warming must not exceed 2°C which means 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must not be used. Recent research, instigated by the Carbon Tracker foundation, asserts that there are five times more fossil-fuel reserves than can be burnt if internationally agreed carbon emissions targets are to be met. Fossil fuel equities also pose significant financial risks. As governments control carbon emissions to meet these targets a large proportion of fossil fuel reserves which companies expect to extract will become stranded assets: a “carbon bubble”. Funds which are exposed to fossil fuel equities when this bubble bursts can expect to suffer considerable losses. The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney has recently expressed concerns over climate risk, stating that the “vast majority of reserves are unburnable” if global temperature rises are to be limited to below 2C (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/13/mark-carney-fossil-fuel-reserves-burned-carbon-bubble) Institutions around the world including local government, universities and churches are pulling out of fossil fuels investments and moving towards a cleaner energy future. By divesting from fossil fuels, the Gwynedd Pension Fund will join public institutions such as the British Medical Association, Glasgow University and Oxford City Council, amongst many others, in leading by example to help create a sustainable future for it's citizens. In support of this movement we ask you to sign and share our petition. Thank you for your support
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  • DIVEST CARDIFF AND VALE OF GLAMORGAN PENSION FUND FROM FOSSIL FUEL INVESTMENTS
    Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity has encountered, not just environmentally but also economically, morally and socially. In order to avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change, global warming must not exceed 2°C which means 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must not be used. Recent research, instigated by the Carbon Tracker foundation, asserts that there are five times more fossil-fuel reserves than can be burnt if internationally agreed carbon emissions targets are to be met. Fossil fuel equities also pose significant financial risks. As governments control carbon emissions to meet these targets a large proportion of fossil fuel reserves which companies expect to extract will become stranded assets: a “carbon bubble”. Funds which are exposed to fossil fuel equities when this bubble bursts can expect to suffer considerable losses. The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney has recently expressed concerns over climate risk, stating that the “vast majority of reserves are unburnable” if global temperature rises are to be limited to below 2C (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/13/mark-carney-fossil-fuel-reserves-burned-carbon-bubble) Institutions around the world including local government, universities and churches are pulling out of fossil fuels investments and moving towards a cleaner energy future. By divesting from fossil fuels, the Cardiff & Vale of Glamorgan Pension Fund will join public institutions such as the British Medical Association, Glasgow University and Oxford City Council, amongst many others, in leading by example to help create a sustainable future for it's citizens. In support of this movement we ask you to sign and share our petition. Thank you for your support
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  • DIVEST CITY AND COUNTY OF SWANSEA PENSION FUND FROM FOSSIL FUEL INVESTMENTS
    Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity has encountered, not just environmentally but also economically, morally and socially. In order to avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change, global warming must not exceed 2°C which means 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must not be used. Recent research, instigated by the Carbon Tracker foundation, asserts that there are five times more fossil-fuel reserves than can be burnt if internationally agreed carbon emissions targets are to be met. Fossil fuel equities also pose significant financial risks. As governments control carbon emissions to meet these targets a large proportion of fossil fuel reserves which companies expect to extract will become stranded assets: a “carbon bubble”. Funds which are exposed to fossil fuel equities when this bubble bursts can expect to suffer considerable losses. The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney has recently expressed concerns over climate risk, stating that the “vast majority of reserves are unburnable” if global temperature rises are to be limited to below 2C (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/13/mark-carney-fossil-fuel-reserves-burned-carbon-bubble) Institutions around the world including local government, universities and churches are pulling out of fossil fuels investments and moving towards a cleaner energy future. By divesting from fossil fuels, the City and County of Swansea Pension Fund will join public institutions such as the British Medical Association, Glasgow University and Oxford City Council, amongst many others, in leading by example to help create a sustainable future for it's citizens. In support of this movement we ask you to sign and share our petition. Thank you for your support
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  • DIVEST RHONDDA CYNON TAF PENSION FUND FROM FOSSIL FUEL INVESTMENTS
    Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity has encountered, not just environmentally but also economically, morally and socially. In order to avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change, global warming must not exceed 2°C which means 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must not be used. Recent research, instigated by the Carbon Tracker foundation, asserts that there are five times more fossil-fuel reserves than can be burnt if internationally agreed carbon emissions targets are to be met. Fossil fuel equities also pose significant financial risks. As governments control carbon emissions to meet these targets a large proportion of fossil fuel reserves which companies expect to extract will become stranded assets: a “carbon bubble”. Funds which are exposed to fossil fuel equities when this bubble bursts can expect to suffer considerable losses. The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney has recently expressed concerns over climate risk, stating that the “vast majority of reserves are unburnable” if global temperature rises are to be limited to below 2C (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/13/mark-carney-fossil-fuel-reserves-burned-carbon-bubble) Institutions around the world including local government, universities and churches are pulling out of fossil fuels investments and moving towards a cleaner energy future. By divesting from fossil fuels, the Rhondda Cynon Taf Pension Fund will join public institutions such as the British Medical Association, Glasgow University and Oxford City Council, amongst many others, in leading by example to help create a sustainable future for it's citizens. In support of this movement we ask you to sign and share our petition. Thank you for your support
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  • Get BP Off the University of Warwick's Campus
    If it is wrong to wreck the climate, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage. Too many UK universities support the fossil fuel industry directly through their research, their endowments and investments, and their partnerships with some of the biggest fossil fuel companies in the world, such as BP and Shell. In July 2015 Warwick committed to divest from fossil fuels (move their investments away from stocks in fossil fuel companies); the first visible sign that they agree that halting catastrophic climate change requires withdrawing support from the industry that drives it. [4] We now call on the university to demonstrate more significantly their commitment to addressing the climate crisis, and confront the rapacious industry that is intending on digging up and burning every last atom of carbon in the ground. We have chosen BP as a prime target for the University to sever their ties with, given the close connection the University has with the company. In order to have a decent chance of avoiding 2 degrees warming, the internationally recognised upper-limit for disastrous climate change, climate scientists have found that at least 4/5ths of coal, oil and gas must stay in the ground. BP is showing little sign that it intends to leave its oil reserves in the ground. [5] Climate change has been named the “biggest global health threat of the 21st century” by Lancet, one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world. [6] At a time when we need an unprecedented shift away from fossil fuel energy, BP’s chief executive received bonuses linked to the expansion of new fossil fuel projects, including the dirtiest fossil fuel of all: tar sands oil. [7] The company recently got the dubious honour of being named top of the table of European companies blocking the transition to the renewable economy. [8] Their business model is reckless, and it’s not just their contribution to climate change: BP is responsible for the largest marine oil spill in history, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. [9] The company is also being sued in a British court for alleged complicity in the kidnap and torture of a union activist in Columbia. [10] Going Fossil Free means more than just switching the University’s investment portfolio. It means taking concrete action to target and delegitimise the companies that are destroying our planet. References: [1] https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/holdings/ [2] http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/07/much-worlds-fossil-fuel-reserve-must-stay-buried-prevent-climate-change-study-says [3] http://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/press/press-releases/bp-announces-lord-browne-succession-plan.html [4] http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/08/university-of-warwick-divests-from-fossil-fuels [5] http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719 [6] http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0905/09051501 [7] http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/25/oil-company-bosses-bonuses-1tr-spending-fossil-fuels [8] http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/sep/21/bp-tops-the-list-of-firms-obstructing-climate-action-in-europe [9] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill [10] http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/22/colombian-takes-bp-to-court-in-uk-alleged-complicity-kidnap-and-torture
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  • Help Portsmouth, NH pave the way for Fossil Fuel DIVESTMENT!
    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't count on the federal government, even as extreme weather events 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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  • Hertfordshire County Council: Divest your funds invested in fossil fuel industries
    More CO2 in the atmosphere means more extreme weather events that could leave millions of people displaced from their homes. Our government committed to a legally binding climate deal to help prevent this. It's time to break free from fossil fuels and invest in clean energy, for everyone's future. 1. Hertfordshire County Council Pension Fund has around £140,000,000 invested in fossil fuel industries, including BG Group PLC, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Rio Tinto PLC. 2. The pension fund affects over 180 employers in Hertfordshire including Hertfordshire County Council (including schools), North Herts District Council, Dacorum Borough Council, East Hertfordshire District Council, Hertsmere Borough Council. Broxbourne Borough Council, St Albans District Council, Stevenage Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council, Watford Borough Council and a range of community and voluntary groups. See here for list http://divestherts.org/ 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. Global warming is happening now - it is not a thing of the future; thanks to our appetite for fossil fuels we’ve already experienced a global temperature rise of about 1°C since the Industrial Revolution.[1] The effects of this rise in temperature are already being felt, causing more frequent and intense extreme weather events, including more tropical storms in some areas, but drought in others. Climatic changes and oceans becoming more acidic due to absorbing excess carbon dioxide present a real threat to whole ecosystems. It’s not just bad for the environment, it’s putting people's lives at risk too due to food and water insecurity and is creating climate change refugees.[2] 4. In order to stop the global climate warming by another 2 °C, 80% of all known fossil fuels must stay in the ground.[3] However, despite all the evidence showing that we need to transition to cleaner forms of energy, fossil fuel companies are continuing to extract dirty fossil fuels, and making huge profits in the process.[4] 5. Investments in fossil fuels are also risky. Recent fluctuations in oil prices means that divesting from fossil fuels would minimise the council's exposure to the financial risk of the 'carbon bubble', whereby companies risk being left with stranded assets (worthless fuel stocks that regulation will prevent from being burned). People and institutions that own shares in the companies will see the value of their investments decrease. (5) 6. By removing investments in these companies Hertfordshire County Council will be showing its commitment to creating a healthy, sustainable future for both the people of Hertfordshire and the planet as a whole. 7. Institutions across the world including churches and universities, 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. [6] Let's see Hertfordshire join them in making this small but impactful commitment. [1] http://350.org/about/science/ [2] http://climatemigration.org.uk/about-us/ [3] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30709211 [4] http://priceofoil.org/tag/fossil-fuel-industry-profits/ [5] http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/28f00388-0df3-11e5-9a65-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3mHL64WyD [6]http://gofossilfree.org/commitments/
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