To: Alfred A. Gatta, Scarsdale Village Manager

Divest Scarsdale from Fossil Fuels

Divest Scarsdale's holdings from fossil fuels -- including direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds -- within 5 years. Freeze any new investments in fossil fuels immediately.

Why is this important?

I grew up in Scarsdale, and now my children are growing up in Scarsdale. It's always been a place known for its excellent schools and beautiful community. Now, Scarsdale has an opportunity to protect its citizens and its future -- and to set a positive example for other towns -- by divesting from the destructive and dangerous fossil fuel industry and reinvesting in solutions to climate change.

During Hurricane Sandy, my family was lucky. We experienced a week-long power outage but were happy to be safe. Still, this sort of extreme weather event is becoming "the new normal," and though these events threaten to overwhelm local budgets even in affluent communities like Scarsdale, our federal government shows no signs of acting to solve this crisis. We won’t see any real progress until we can weaken the power of the fossil fuel industry.

To that end, I am writing on behalf of my family, neighbors, and village to say that divestment is Scarsdale's ethical and practical responsibility if we want to preserve our community.

Scarsdale, NY

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Reasons for signing

  • Because I am worried
  • Fossil fuels are a major contributor to climate change, and thus, sea level rise. Their attainment also fouls our inland and coastal waters and harms the health of many terrestrial and oceanic species.Scarsdale should not invest in such harmful industries.
  • Scarsdale has the opportunity to take a leadership role in the future of local energy policy.

Updates

2016-12-21 15:17:39 -0500

25 signatures reached