Fossil Fuel Divestment: Cities & States

Of all the institutions that ought to be looking out for the public good, surely our local and state governments are foremost among them. They have a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate change.

Even as extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy threaten to overwhelm local budgets, federal inaction to solve this 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.

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.

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  • Divest Lowell 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 severe and costly flooding in New England (2011) worst-ever drought in the Mid West (2012), or super tornados in OK (2013), ruin lives and 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!
    19 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Peter Lovett
  • Divest Humboldt Cities 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!
    20 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Barbara Russell
  • Divest Ventura City and County 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!
    53 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Ryan Kell
  • Divest 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!
    16 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Pamela Elliott Picture
  • Divest Louisville From Fossil Fuels
    Global CO2 concentrations have just crossed the dangerous 400ppm milestone. Our local government has a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate change. Continued investment in the impending "carbon bubble" is morally, ecologically, AND financially reckless. If Louisville really wants to be the leader it claims, it should join Seattle, WA, Madison, WI, Bayfield, WI, Ithaca, NY, Boulder, CO, State College, PA, Eugene, OR, Richmond, CA, Berkeley, CA, and San Francisco, CA in publicly committing to divest from fossil fuel investments. We can not count on the federal government, even as extreme weather events like Louisville's record spring/summer heat of 2012 and record rainfall of 2011 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. This holds particularly true here in Kentucky - a state deeply beholden to coal. 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. Here is a brilliant short video and interactive map that drives home the point: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2013/apr/19/countries-exposed-carbon-bubble-map In every way, the "smart money" is NOT on fossil fuels. It's time to divest from fossil fuels now!
    49 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Ben Evans Picture
  • Divest the City of Santa Cruz 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!
    286 of 300 Signatures
    Created by Teetle Clawson
  • Sebastopol, Divest 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!
    33 of 100 Signatures
    Created by scott mathieson
  • Divest Kansas City from Fossil Fuels!
    Our local government has a responsibility to lead, and they can do so be passing a resoluation recommending that we 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 can not count on the federal government, even as extreme weather events occur around the world. In 2012 Hurricane Sandy decimated the east coast and extreme drought and heat hit the Midwest, devastating crops. Kansas City Meteorologist Gary Lezak said, "Kansas City residents may also have to adapt to a climate that's more likely to be warmer, with bigger swings between wet and dry periods." 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. The fossil fuel bubble is bound to burst, and Kansas City must invest in the future. We're thrilled to hear news that the city plans to add solar panels to 80 of its buildings! So what's the next step? It's time to divest from fossil fuels now!
    93 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Stephen Flanery
  • Divest Des Moines
    Making this commitment to the future will continue the leadership that Iowa has demonstrated to the rest of the country by being at the forefront of civil liberties, public policy, renewable energy, and selecting the leadership of our country (as local residents know we vet presidential candidates). Many related movements are gaining steam in Iowa, here are just a couple of recent (brief) articles about positive changes in Iowa's energy production and consumption. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/05/09/wind-energy-investment-iowa/2147657/ http://www.seattlepi.com/business/energy/article/MidAmerican-won-t-build-2nd-Iowa-nuke-power-plant-4575982.php The articles above demonstrate the power of people coming together to voice their opinions and affect change, but just as importantly I think they also demonstrate how important money and legislation are in making that happen. One of the reasons I started this petition is my belief that money talks, it adds gravity to what we say, and it accelerates change better than anything else. If you can get behind that and you believe in being a good steward of the environment and preserving our way of life for the next generation then please take a few seconds to sign up. If you wish to help or contribute in any other way please feel free to let me know. With the Earth's C02 levels reaching record highs of 400ppm and the increasing volatility of our weather, which has affected Iowa with 500 year floods in multiple geographic areas in multiple years over the last two decades, mixed with drought, blizzards, record highs and lows, shortened seasons, altered migratory patterns, and polluted water, we can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines and watch. The time to take action is now. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/11/science/earth/carbon-dioxide-level-passes-long-feared-milestone.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/event/article/id/80321/group/homepage/ http://www.livescience.com/7508-history-repeats-great-flood-1993.html http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/13/us-usa-drought-iowa-idUSBRE86C0WX20120713 This is the logical next step for the city of Des Moines, Iowa to maintain its excellent record of leading by example and its your chance to make a difference through the influence of our elected leaders and the funds that they control. Together we can send a strong and clear signal to those that wish to profit from the destruction of our planet and those who will inherit the planet that we leave behind when we are gone.
    35 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Rob Frey
  • Divest Cincinnati, OH 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. All 88 counties in Ohio qualified for drought relief from the USDA due to the summer drought of 2012, a year that set a new record as the hottest year in the US since temperature recordings began. A total of 1369 counties in 31 states sought drought relief, and our planet will continue to warm from climate change driven by global warming. Wisconsin scientists have published scientific reports showing that the temperature in Wisconsin will increase 4-7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050. Ohio won't be much different. Fossil fuel companies are planning to ship tar sands oil, the dirtiest most toxic fossil fuel on the planet, across the Great Lakes, only to sell it to China, NOT in the US. A tar sands oil spill in the Great Lakes could have the same or worse economically devastating impact on the Great Lakes and the State of Ohio, as the BP oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico, not to mention destroying entire ecosystems and the economies dependent on them. 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!
    38 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Jeff Cobb Picture