To: Cllr Alison Gerrard, Mayor of Northwich

Divest Northwich from Fossil Fuels by 2020

We call upon the Town Council to:
1. Immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels.
2. Divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years.

Why is this important?

We're all part of institutions that ought to be looking out for the public good, from city and state governments to religious institutions to other kinds of charities and non-profits. Most of these institutions invest money in stocks and bonds, and 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, Somerset floods, Australian, Californian and African droughts and Australian fires threaten to overwhelm local budgets, government and inter-governmental 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, which proved a significant tool in ridding South Africa of Apartheid, is the only moral choice for institutions that care about the planet and its residents. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments that care about their solvency.

Northwich, Cheshire, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • It's essential that we adopt alternative sources of power & relinquish our dependency on fossil fuels, for the health and safety of future generations!

Updates

2015-02-14 12:09:50 -0500

25 signatures reached

2015-02-14 11:56:43 -0500

“Divest Northwich from fossil fuels by 2020"
This will be delivered on 2 March at 1830 at the town council forum, which anyone can attend. I intend to arrange a photo. This may take place just prior to the meeting outside the council offices, but is as yet unconfirmed.
This campaign is a wonderful chance for the town to show itself to be forward looking and enlightened, and I hope that they will see the benefits to the town and agree in principle. Wincham Parish Council has endorsed the campaign, others have been asked. Local churches are looking at it, as are the Grange Junior School and Sir John Deane’s college. The local Buddhist centre is aware, and I am trying to contact the local Islamic centre. If you have any contacts or ideas please contact me.We need more signatures before 2 March, so please sign up if you have not done so already and spread the word. This is our chance to act locally on climate change.
Paul

2015-02-02 14:43:41 -0500

10 signatures reached