• No Kinder Funds in Fossil Fuels!
    What good is it to save for college when the planet is being destroyed by the fossil fuel industry? What kind of world are we creating for our kindergarteners to grow up into? These funds must be invested in green power projects that will reverse the damages from fossil fuel extraction and burning. Furthermore, parents should be able to take these accounts and transfer them to a financial institution of their choice: one that shows good fiscal responsibility as well as ethical investment choices.
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  • Divest East Sussex Pension Fund from Fossil Fuels
    Our local authority has a responsibility not to invest local people's funds in outdated, polluting industries, such as fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas), that are damaging the balance of our climate and threatening our way of life. Already, we are seeing a greater frequency of extreme weather events, such as the floods of 2013/14 – the wettest winter in England and Wales since 1776 - which caused severe flooding in East Sussex and exposed our coast to very high storm surges from the sea. Investments in fossil fuels are also financially risky. Global temperature targets agreed by world leaders can only be met if most of the existing fossil fuel reserves remain unburned and we quickly move to cleaner technology. This means that investments in fossil fuel companies could soon become ‘stranded assets’. Indeed, the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has warned that investors face 'potentially huge' losses from climate change action that could make vast reserves of oil, coal and gas 'literally unburnable' For reasons of both public responsibility and financial prudence, a growing number of major institutions across the world - including the cities of Oslo, Seattle, and Oxford, Glasgow University, and the World Council of Churches - have already decided to move their funds out of fossil fuels. Several UK local authorities, including Haringey Council and the South Yorkshire Pension Fund, are now taking similar steps. The East Sussex Pension Fund has an estimated £172 million of local people's pensions invested in fossil fuels. The Fund is administered by East Sussex County Council. On 13 April 2016, Labour and Conservative Councillors on Hastings Borough Council – a member of the Pension Fund - joined forces to pass a unanimous motion calling on East Sussex County Council to divest the Fund from fossil fuels. It's time for East Sussex County Council to divest local people's pensions from these dirty, damaging and financially risky industries.
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  • Divest the University of Richmond from Fossil Fuels
    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 storms which impacted hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country hundreds of billions of dollars. Experts agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic climate disasters all over the world. 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. Humans have reached a peculiar point in history: Science has given us both the tools to peer into our future, and the tools to shape our future. We have the uncommon opportunity of being able to prevent paradigm-shifting climactic change, and are now charged with the difficult and necessary task of courageous decision-making. As a engaged institution of higher education, the University of Richmond serves a crucial role in demonstrating this sort of courageous decision-making to our community and our country.
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  • Come on Plymouth University: lead the way in fossil fuel divestment!
    Plymouth University is the world's top Green University and undertakes amazing research and teaching in Sustainability - we should be leading the way in divesting from fossil fuels!
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  • Fossil Free Berlin - Offener Brief
    Im Rahmen des Global Divestment Day und als Auftakt der städtischen Divestmentkampagne Berlin wurde der offene Brief von Klimawissenschaftlern, Politikern, Ärzten, Soziologen, Künstlern und Bürgern unterzeichnet. Alle Unterzeichner*innen und den gesamten Brief findest du hier: http://gofossilfree.org/de/divest-berlin-stadtkampagne/
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  • Set QUB Fossil Fuel Free
    Queen's University Belfast has a proud history in human rights and medical research, and is committed to becoming 'a low carbon organisation'. However, uncertainty over the extent of the University's investments in the fossil fuel industry challenges QUB's commitments to human dignity, health and the transition to a low carbon society. It is unclear to what extent QUB is invested in fossil fuels. QUB's latest annual accounts show endowment funds of approximately £52m - yet no details are publically available as to where the investments are held. A Freedom of Information request made in late 2014 asking for details has been refused and is currently under appeal. On average, 4% of UK University endowments are invested in fossil fuels, therefore a rough estimate of QUB's fossil fuel investments would be £2.1m. The ethical case for fossil fuel divestment is clear. The extraction, production and use of fossil fuels leads to untold numbers of deaths and illnesses every year; and climate change threatens the enjoyment of fundamental human rights. Climate change's effects are unfairly spread - in the words of Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson, "Climate change is a matter of justice. The richest countries caused the problem, but it is the world's poorest who are already suffering from its effects." QUB should not be investing in, or profiting from the fossil fuel industry. Divestment makes financial sense too - fossil fuel investments are 'stranded assets'. If we want to keep the planet livable, we can only afford to extract and burn a fraction of existing fossil fuel reserves. Investments in fossil fuel industries are overvalued and risky to Queen's. Fossil Free QUB is calling on the University to disclose information on its investments, commit to immediately freeze any new investments in the fossil fuel industry, and seek the complete withdrawal of any existing fossil fuel investments by 2020.
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  • Central Washington University: 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 over one fifth of global fossil-fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years. Central Washington University needs to show it cares about the future of it’s students by divesting from investments in fossil fuels. It is vital that students and alumni realize that University leadership are investing student and alumni funds in areas that are responsible to present and future generations. A students choice of a university education should not include the implicit approval of investments that harm people and all of the earth’s inhabitants. We urge you be a University that carries the ”fossil fuel free” title.
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  • Divest Curtin From Fossil Fuels
    We have reached a landmark moment in history. For the first time in over 5 million years the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has reached 400 parts per million (ppm). 97% of all climate scientists agree that climate change is human induced and argue that the highest safe concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is 350 ppm. If we want to secure a safe and livable future it is time to end the fossil fuel era and invest in renewable energy and sustainable lifestyles. We call on Curtin University to immediately freeze any new investment in fossil-fuel companies, and to divest within five years from direct ownership and from any commingled funds that include fossil-fuel public equities and corporate bonds. We believe such action on behalf of the University will be a sound decision for our institution’s financial portfolio because it is financially and morally unjustified to invest in assets that will become stranded and guarantee dangerous climate change. In addition it is unconscionable to pay for our education with investments that will condemn both the planet to climate disaster and current and future graduating classes to a future defined by climate chaos. For the good of our students and our nation, and to preserve the quality of life for this and future generations worldwide, we call upon you to join a growing movement of schools around the country that are committed to preventing a more extreme climate by moving Curtin University's endowment beyond fossil fuels.
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  • Fossil Free Göteborg
    Göteborgs Stad placerar i dagsläget inga pengar i fossilbolag. Det är viktigt att vi ser till att det förblir så!" Genom helt och hållet exkludera fossilindustrin i stadens kapitalplaceringar kan Göteborgs Stad klart och tydligt visa vilken väg som de väljer att gå. Att ta avstånd från fossilindustrin är en tydlig signal till stadens invånare och omvärlden att Göteborgs Stad inte vill finansiera en industri som bevisligen spenderar miljarder årligen på att genom lobbyism och klimatskeptiska tankesmedjor förhala all politisk handling riktad mot en förnybar omställning. "If it's wrong to wreck the climate, then it's wrong to profit from that wreckage!" Det är lika fel att tjäna pengar på klimatförändringar som det är att tjäna pengar på tillverkning och försäljning av vapen/krigsmaterial, alkohol, tobak, pornografiska alster eller komersiell spelverksamhet. Vi kräver därför att Göteborgs Stad i sin placeringspolicy fullt ut ska exkludera placeringar i fossilindustrin och genom detta visa att de på allvar är en stad som är ledande gällande hållbarhet. *** Våra krav på Göteborgs stad: 1 - Säkerställa exkludering av placeringar i fossil energi (även stiftelsers pengar) genom att uppdatera stadens placeringspolicy 2 - Att inom fem år avveckla alla befintliga investeringar i fossil energi 3 - Att på ett transparent sätt redovisa kommunens väg mot en fullbordad divestering 4 - Att uppmana sina anställdas pensionsförvaltare, i första hand AP-fonderna, att divestera dess tillgångar.
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  • Divest Colorado Springs From Fossil Fuels!
    We are concerned with the moral and economic issues around being invested in companies that contribute to climate change. Our local government has a responsibility to divest from a rogue industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate disruption. The fossil fuel industry has chosen to ignore the signs of a warming planet in favor of profit above all cost; we must send a clear message that we value the health of people and our planet before profits. Climate change is ravaging our state, nation and planet with more wildfires, drought, higher food prices and extreme weather events. While climate change is severely impacting our quality of life now, it is young people whose future ability to thrive - and even survive - on our planet will be most impacted. Not only are the moral implications becoming more apparent, but the economic issues are also becoming prevalent. Hurricane Sandy relief exceeded $50 billion and in Colorado alone insurers estimated wildfire damage exceeded $450 million to personal property by July 2012. The number and severity of fires has dramatically increased over the past two decades, and with a warmer climate that trend will not reverse in the foreseeable future. While a largely symbolic gesture, divesting from fossil fuels is important. By doing so, Colorado Springs City Council will send a clear message: fossil fuels are history, their continued use is harming us, and we want to invest in our future. Divestment is not new to Colorado. In 2007, the state of Colorado passed a bill to divest funds from companies supporting the atrocities in Sudan on moral grounds. Colorado sent a message: we do not support the continued massacre of the people of Sudan. Divesting funds from fossil fuel companies would have an even greater impact. Divestment would show that Colorado Springs is committed to the health and future of its citizens. Though a small step against the global problem of climate change, divestment is an an important step towards transitioning to sustainable forms of energy, and it sends a message to the fossil fuel companies that they are not the way of the future. 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! Join us to gain public support on Feb. 13 for Global Divestment Day: RSVP and find out more details here: http://act.350.org/event/gdd_attend/10114
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  • Divest Mills College from Fossil Fuels
    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 Corvallis from Fossil Fuels!
    Corvallis has a reputation as a "green" city with citizens that care about climate justice and sustainability. It is hypocritical to make this claim and at the same time invest in the very companies that are working against our vision. We can not count on the federal government, even as extreme weather events and other climate disasters 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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