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To: Hobart City Council
Hobart City Council Divestment. The petition is closed. 1500 signatures total on paper, plus online!
To the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and the General Manager of the Hobart City Council.
We are extremely concerned about the effects of catastrophic climate change on our planet in general and Tasmania specifically.
We call upon the council to live up to its promise to lead the community in responding to the threat of climate change and join the growing umber of cities and municipalities worldwide in divesting completely from the fossil fuel industry.
We specifically ask the council to:
- immediately rule out any new investments in banks investing in fossil fuel exploration
- commit to phasing out all such existing investments within the next two years
- increase the ranking of environmental concerns in its investment policy to facilitate the above
Why is this important?
As rate paying residents of Hobart we are extremely concerned about the effects of catastrophic climate change on our planet in general and Tasmania specifically. We are calling upon Hobart City Council to live up to its promise to lead the community in responding to the threat of climate change and join the growing number of cities and municipalities worldwide in divesting from the fossil fuel industry.
Hobart City Council currently has $26 million, over 70% of its total investment portfolio, with the big banks which finance the fossil fuel industry.
There is a global concensus that the rise in temperatureS must be limited to 2°C to avoid catastrophic climate change, which would have severe effects both globally and locally, with Tasmania predicted to experience loss of economically important ecosystems and species due to warming oceans, loss of coastal areas to rising sea levels and increase in the frequency and severity of catastrophic bushfires.
To ensure warming does not exceed this 2°C limit, it has been estimated that 80% of remaining fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground. Since national governments are not acting fast enough to ensure this, a growing number of local governments are ruling out using the money entrusted to them by their residents to advance the destruction of our planet. Cities that have divested so far have included Melbourne, Newcastle, Byron Shire Council, Freemantle, ACT, San Francisco, Seattle, Oslo and many others.
How it will be delivered
The petition was delivered to council 9th May. If you'd like to email the aldermen/women is support, here are their email addresses:
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