• Divest Hartlepool From Fossil Fuels
    Local councils invest over £14 billion in the fossil fuel industry. We know that to stop catastrophic climate change we have to keep fossil fuels in the ground and transition quickly towards a clean renewable economy. 350 parts per million is what many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. Accelerating arctic warming and other early climate impacts have led scientists to conclude that we are already above the safe zone at our current 390ppm, and that unless we are able to rapidly return to below 350 ppm this century, we risk reaching tipping points and irreversible impacts such as the melting of the Greenland ice sheet and major methane releases from increased permafrost melt. It’s imperative that our councils and pension funds break ties with this sector and divest from fossil fuels. By doing so, they can take necessary action to protect fund members’ pensions from risky investments, and join hundreds of public institutions worldwide in taking a stand against an industry which is causing climate chaos and endangering our future.
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  • Let's renew the Politecnico di Milano - stop fossil fuels!
    We want that our university, the most important eningeering university in Italy, to focus (during our education) most on renewable energy, not only on fossil fuels energy. Now the biggest part of the education program is based on "traditional" sources of energy, such as gas and coal. We need to teach to the future of our Country the importance of the renewable energy! As signed in Paris in 2015, we MUST change our vision of energy for the future. We ask to the Politecnico di Milano to increase the time and the quality of the renewabe energy teaching. We are the future, and we demand to teach the future in our university. 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 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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  • Divest NEC 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 Willamette University 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 York from Fossil Fuels
    The University is failing in this commitment to not knowingly invest in companies whose practices pose a risk of harm to individuals or groups. The combustion of fossil fuels is responsible for 87% of all human carbon dioxide emissions which drastically contributes to anthropogenic climate change which in turn kills approximately 600,000 people yearly. As of last calculations, the University of York has £217000 invested in Fossil Fuels, and with 68 Universities already having pledged their commitment to divest from Fossil Fuels -including our rivals York St. John, it's about time the University of York did the same. The University of Edinburgh has divested over £6.3 million from fossil fuels, surely York can divest £217000.
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  • Stop University of Derby investing £1,579,677 in Fossil fuel industries
    Fossil Fuels have a devastating negative effect on the environment, as the production and the consumption contributes significantly to global climate change. They are responsible for the increasing amount of harmful chemicals such as carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. We should be investing in renewable energy sources rather than directly supporting and funding corporations such as British Petroleum (BP), who are accountable for environmental disasters such The Deepwater Horizon Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. As an institute of Higher education how can we publicly support such corporations that attempt to green wash the facts?
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  • University of Turku: Go Fossil Free
    Miksi tämä on tärkeää: Yliopistoilla on moraalinen vastuu yhteiskunnan korkeimman tiedon lähteinä hyödyntää omassa toiminnassaan parasta olemassa olevaa tietoa. Tiedeyhteisön yhteisymmärrys on kiistaton. Emme voi polttaa edes puolta maailmanlaajuisista fossiilisten polttoaineiden tunnetuista varannoista aiheuttamatta tuhoisaa ilmaston lämpenemistä. [2][3][4][5] Ilmastotieteilijät ovat yhtä mieltä siitä, että fossiilisten polttoaineiden käyttö on suurin yksittäinen syy antropogeeniseen eli ihmisen toiminnan aiheuttamaan ilmastonmuutokseen, joka aiheuttaa äärimmäisen vakavia ekologisia ja sosiaalisia katastrofeja. [2] Turun yliopiston tulisi johtaa omalla esimerkillään ilmastonmuutoksen hillitsemistä harjoittamalla entistä kestävämpää sijoitustoimintaa niin ympäristön kuin taloudenkin kannalta. Hiilikuplalla tarkoitetaan fossiilisia polttoaineita tuottaviin yhtiöihin liittyvää taloudellista riskiä, joka johtuu alihintaisten kasvihuonekaasupäästöjen aiheuttamasta markkinahäiriöstä. Hiilikupla on saanut useita sijoittajia vetämään sijoituksensa pois näistä yhtiöistä. [6][7] Yliopiston siirtyminen fossiilisten polttoaineiden tuottajista vapaaseen sijoitusstrategiaan olisi vahva signaali yliopiston henkilökunnalle ja opiskelijoille siitä, että yliopiston johto tunnustaa tieteellisen tutkimustyön tulokset ja pyrkii kehittämään yliopiston toimintaa entistä kestävämmäksi. Yhteiskunta tarvitsee edelläkävijöitä, jotka luovat uuden normaalin ja motivoivat muita osallistumaan uusien parhaiden käytäntöjen omaksumiseen. ------------------------------------------------------ Why is this important? Universities have the moral responsibility to act according to the leading sources of scientific research and education in a society. The scientific consensus is clear and overwhelming; we cannot safely burn even half of the world's fossil-fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years. [2][3][4] Scientists agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify tragic climate disasters. [2] University of Turku should take the lead in confronting climate change by promoting sustainable and financially sound asset management practises. Carbon bubble is a term used to describe the financial risk related to companies holding fossil fuel reserves as governments move to fix the market failure caused by uncontrolled carbon emissions. [5][6][7] Divestment would send a strong signal to the University's staff as well as current and future students, that the University will take action for a sustainable future. Society as a whole needs leadership from organisations that shape the future and motivate others to join and implement best practises. [1] http://gofossilfree.org/companies/ [2] http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/wg1/WGIAR5_SPM_brochure_en.pdf [3] http://carbontracker.live.kiln.it/index.html?CMP=twt_gu [4] http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus [5] http://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/carbon-dioxide/ [6] http://gofossilfree.org/endorsements/ [7] http://www.carbontracker.org/report/carbon-bubble/ [8]http://www.tyy.fi/sites/tyy.fi/files/attachment/liite1_talousstrategia_edustajistolle.pdf
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  • Divest UNC system 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 Matthew alone is estimated to create $25 to $70 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. Let's keep it in the ground or at least stop investing in companies that extract it!
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  • Für eine sichere Landesbank Baden-Württemberg: Schluss mit Risikogeschäften auf Klimakosten
    Weltweit spielen Banken eine zentrale Rolle bei der Klimazerstörung durch fossile Energien. Erst wenn Banken ein Projekt finanzieren, kann in Kolumbien nach Kohle gegraben, in Nigeria nach Öl gebohrt oder in Kanada nach Schiefergas gefrackt werden. Lange haben die Banken Gewinne aus diesem Geschäft abgeschöpft – ohne Rücksicht auf die Schäden für die Umwelt, das Klima oder die Bevölkerung [1]. Doch mittlerweile drohen ihnen hohe Verluste: Je ernsthafter die Politik weltweit gegen den Klimawandel vorgeht, umso schneller werden fossile Energien zum Auslaufmodel. Der größte Kohlekonzern der USA, Peabody, musste bereits Insolvenz anmelden, und auch die RWE, die statt auf die Energiewende auf Kohle gesetzt hatte, steht kurz vor der Pleite – mit massiven Folgen für Anleger und Kreditgeber [2]. Die europäische Zentralbank warnt in diesem Zusammenhang bereits vor der nächsten großen Wirtschaftskrise [3]. Auch die LBBW und ihre Kunden sind über Aktienfonds an großen Öl- und Kohlekonzernen wie RWE, Royal Dutch Shell oder Total beteiligt [4]. Zusätzlich unterstützt die Bank Kohle-, Öl- und Gasförderung mit Krediten, zuletzt mit über 250 Millionen Euro im Jahr 2015 [5]. Die LBBW, die während der Finanzkrise 2009 mit öffentlichen Geldern in Milliardenhöhe gerettet werden musste, ist damit anfällig für die nächste Krise – und befeuert aktiv die Zerstörung des Klimas. Im Herbst forderten deshalb mehrere NGOs den neuen Vorstandsvorsitzenden der LBBW, Rainer Neske, in einem Brief dazu auf, seine Strategie für den Ausstieg aus der Finanzierung fossiler Energien dazulegen.[6] Eine Antwort bleibt die Bank bisher schuldig. Doch wir können die LBBW von diesem Kurs abbringen. Die Bank bemüht sich seit einiger Zeit um Nachhaltigkeit und hat im Rüstungsbereich bereits Investitionen in Streumunition und Landminen ausgeschlossen [7]. Und auf Druck der regierenden Grünen verzichtete sie 2012 auf Spekulationen mit Nahrungsmitteln [8]. Da sich die Bank in öffentlicher Trägerschaft befindet (die Stadt Stuttgart und das Land Baden-Württemberg halten über 40 Prozent der Anteile), ist sie empfänglich für Druck aus der Politik. Oberbürgermeister Fritz Kuhn und Finanzministerin Edith Sitzmann sitzen selbst im Aufsichtsrat der LBBW und können sich dort direkt für den Ausstieg aus den fossilen Energien stark machen. Die grün-schwarze Landesregierung hat sich sogar in den Koalitionsvertrag geschrieben, die LBBW bei einem solchen Ausstieg zu unterstützen [9]. Damit diesen Worten auch Taten folgen, müssen wir die Grünen in die Pflicht nehmen. Mit einem öffentlichen Appell schaffen wir Aufmerksamkeit und fordern entschiedenes Handeln. Die Grünen in Baden-Württemberg müssen dafür sorgen, dass die LBBW ihre finanzielle und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung wahrnimmt und die Finanzierung von Kohle, Öl und Gas konsequent ausschließt. [1] Kirsten Bialdiga, „Blutkohle aus Kolumbien“, RP Online, 16. 01. 2016; „Menschenrechtsorganisationen klagen Shell wegen Umweltvergiftung an“, ZEIT Online, 03. 11. 2015. [2] Claus Hecking, „Kohle ist kaputt“, ZEIT Online, 16. 04. 2016; Sebastian Baltzer, „RWE vor dem Aus“, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 06. 07. 2016. [3] Michael Bauchmüller, „Absturzgefahr im Treibhaus“, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 12. 02. 2016. [4] Jürgen Lessat, „Her mit der Kohle“, Kontext, 15. 06. 2016. [5] LBBW Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2015, S. 73. [6] Offener Brief an Rainer Neske, Vorstandsvorsitzender der LBBW, 1. November 2016. [7] Fair Finance Guide Deutschland, http://fairfinanceguide.de/ffg-d/banken/lbbw/ [8] „LBBW stellt Nahrungsmittelspekulationen ein“, ZEIT Online, 26. 06. 2012. [9] „Baden-Württemberg gestalten“, Koalitionsvertrag zwischen Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Baden-Württemberg und der CDU Baden-Württemberg, 2016, S. 15.
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  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay: Divest from Fossil Fuels!
    Climate change is widely agreed by the scientists and policymakers who understand it best to be the most significant threat facing humanity, both now and in the long term. Climate change poses many severe, wide-ranging and complicated ecological and human issues, and is a problem that is not going to disappear anytime soon. Indeed, it will only continue to worsen if the status quo is maintained and we continue down the same destructive path that we have been on since the dawn of the industrial era. However, there is hope. By significantly altering the way in which our society operates, we can reduce the negative impacts of climate change and protect our species and our planet from destruction. One such way to do this here on campus is through divestment, or the selling of university investments tied up in the fossil fuel industry. This includes companies whose primary business involves the extraction, refinement, distribution, or any other type of direct business engagement with fossil fuels, a category which is made up of the natural resources of oil, coal, and natural gas. These investments in the fossil fuel industry are oftentimes in enormous international corporations whose activities frequently wreak havoc on the environment and various peoples around the globe. By divesting, we would send a powerful message that we do not agree with the blind continuation of a fossil-fuel based society, and that we will not stand idly by while business as usual continues to ravage the planet. At the same time, we would be freeing up university resources to instead invest in more sustainable and forward-thinking companies. Through partaking in this divestment process, we would be living up to our nickname of "Eco-U" and helping to ensure a cleaner, safer, and overall brighter future for everyone.
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  • Fossil Free Ghent: Divest the University of Ghent
    [English Below] De beweging richting een duurzame toekomst vereist de sociale en economische steun van leidinggevende publieke instellingen en de actieve participatie van de samenleving in haar geheel. Als een publieke actor is het de morele taak van de Universiteit Gent een ethisch rolmodel te zijn op het vlak van positieve actie en het streven naar een duurzame toekomst. Toch investeert onze universiteit een ongekende som in fossiele brandstoffen en wapentechnologie, waardoor de UGent op dit moment faalt haar sociale verantwoordelijkheid op te nemen. De blijvende financiële steun voor de ontginning van fossiele brandstoffen bemoeilijkt de ontwikkeling van hernieuwbare energiebronnen en toont de onwil de klimaatverandering te counteren. De tijd is gekomen om verder te gaan dan communicatie. Het moment is aangebroken om ons financieel, praktisch en symbolisch gewicht in de strijd te werpen. Het is nu dat we moeten desinvesteren om te bouwen aan een duurzame toekomst. AANGEZIEN: De verandering van het klimaat een negatieve invloed heeft op de samenleving en de mogelijkheid voor een welvarende toekomst op het spel zet, AANGEZIEN: De Universiteit Gent de verantwoordelijkheid draagt standvastig leiderschap te tonen om de transitie naar echt duurzaam beleid te bewerkstelligen, AANGEZIEN: Investeren in de onethische sector van de fossiele brandstoffen steeds risicovoller wordt, DAAROM: Vragen wij, de ondergetekenden, aan de Universiteit Gent, 1. Alle toekomstige investeringen in fossiele brandstoffen, wapens en andere onethische initiatieven onmiddellijk stop te zetten. 2. Alle bestaande investeringen (onder andere haar portefeuille ter waarde van 230 miljoen euro) effectief weg te trekken uit dergelijke onethische initiatieven. 3. Op facultair niveau geen onderzoek meer te financieren gelinkt aan wapenproductie en fossiele energieën. 4. Volledige transparantie te verzekeren inzake toekomstige investeringen. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Moving towards a sustainable future requires the social and economic support of leading public entities and the active participation by the community as a whole. As a public actor, the University of Gent is supposed to serve as an ethical role model for positive action. Yet our University invests an unknown amount of fossil fuel extraction and weapon technology; our University fails to fulfill its social responsibility. Their financial support for the extraction of fossil fuels perpetuates resistance towards development for renewable sources of energy production and the irreversible damages of climate change. Now is the time to go beyond communication, to throw our financial, practical, and symbolic weight into the struggle for a sustainable future. WHEREAS: The impacts of climate change negatively affect all communities and limit their ability to have a prosperous future, WHEREAS: The University of Gent has a responsibility to act with unwavering ethics and leadership for change, WHEREAS: Fossil fuel investment continues to become an ever riskier and unethical investment sector, THEREFORE: We, the undersigned, demand that the University of Gent, 1. Withdraws all existing investments (including her portfolio of 230 million euros) from fossil fuel and weapon initiatives. 2. Stops all funding of research linked to weapon production and fossil fuels on faculty level. 3. Ends immediately all future investments in fossil fuel extraction, industries which depend on fossil fuels, and weapon technology. 4. Guarantees full transparency concerning future investments.
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