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To: Monona City Council

Fossil Free Monona

Pass a resolution that the city does not have current direct investments in fossil fuels and will not invest in fossil fuels in the future.

Why is this important?

It’s simple math: we can emit 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Burning the fossil fuel that corporations now have in their reserves would result in emitting 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide – five times the safe amount.

At our current rate, we’ll blow through our 565-gigaton allowance in 16 years, around the time today’s preschoolers will be graduating from high school.

Fossil fuel companies are planning to burn it all — unless we rise up to stop them.

This will not be easy, but a movement has begun. Cities and communities across the planet are leading the fight against climate change. Like Monona, cities are adopting Sustainability plans, installing solar panels, and becoming more energy efficient. Now cities are adding another strategy in stopping the climate crisis: divestment from fossil fuels. As a stay at home mother of two young children, Monona resident Beth Esser decided she needed to get involved in the fossil fuel divestment movement after learning about this simple math and the crisis we are facing.

In December Beth proposed to the City of Monona's Sustainability Committee that the city pass a divestment from fossil fuels resolution, similar to the resolutions Dane County, Madison, & Bayfield, WI passed last year. Individuals and cities can all work to decrease our fossil fuel use, but we also need to have changes in our policies and infrastructure to transition us off of fossil fuels and avoid the worst impacts of climate change. That is where divestment can play a role-increasing the pressure to force governments to address this issue head on.

Please make your voice heard! Sign this petition to show your support that Monona should pass the fossil fuel divestment resolution. The resolution will be heading to the Monona City Council this summer and we need Monona residents to join this empowering and hopeful movement as we work to protect our planet for future generations.

Thank you!

Monona, WI, United States

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2017-03-02 14:46:13 -0500

25 signatures reached

2014-06-29 16:55:16 -0400

10 signatures reached