To: Washington State Government

Washington: Divest from Fossil Fuels!

Washington: Divest from Fossil Fuels!

That the State of Washington should immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels, and divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years. That State of Washington retirement plans offer fossil-free investment fund options for state employees.

Why is this important?

Our children and their children will not be able to reverse global warming unless we stop investing in fossil fuel companies. Until we divest from fossil fuel companies they will continue exploring for new oil and coal and gas, even though we have more than enough now to cook the planet 5 times over. We can't safely burn more than a few years worth of fossil fuels at the rate we are going, and once enough people understand the science and connect the dots with droughts, fires, heat waves, storms, sea level rise, poverty and disease, water shortages, economic instability, war and famine, these companies won't make sense as a long-term financial investment anyway, much less as a moral one. We are investing in our own destruction. Our seniors will not want to retire on money held in fossil fuel companies when we see the growing impacts and suffering that we have caused through those companies.

Washington, United States

Reasons for signing

  • I don't want to be responsible for the mass extinction of species. I can't handle that kind of guilt! (not to mention the inevitable loss of human life in natural disasters, and the destruction of my future and my children's futures.)
  • Washington state is blessed with a vast trove of renewable resources, some of which are barely considered, let alone developed. Consider the possibilities of biomass, bio-fuels, geothermal, tidal, waste-to-energy, wave energy. The list goes on and is only limited by our imagination and will to act.
  • Because divestment is an important part of the fight against climat change.

Updates

2017-03-01 13:30:33 -0500

1,000 signatures reached