- Climate change is real, it's here, and it hurts every living thing on the earth.
- Part 1: We Want People to Change Their Minds
- Part 2: The Divestment Movement Takes on the New York State (NYS) $160 Billion Retirement Fund
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
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Part 1: We Want People to Change Their Minds
That means that if we are going to make the transformative change away from fossil fuel, we need thousands of institutions and millions of individuals to … look at the emerging science and to understand that we can't go on as we did before. What used to be okay no longer is.
Bill McKibben, 350.org / Common Dreams
(Photo: Marcel Oosterwijk/Flickr/Creative Commons)
Thursday, July 10, 2014 | Word came recently that both the Philadelphia Quakers and the Unitarian General Assembly have decided to divest from fossil fuels. It followed by few weeks the news that the Roman Catholic University of Dayton and Union Theological Seminary, the home of many a great thinker, had done likewise.
In each case I felt a kind of surge of joy, that these historic institutions were helping transform the political and moral landscape, redefining for our time what's right and wrong. Destroying the climate, they were saying, is incompatible with our evolving ethical sense. We used to think investing in fossil fuel was okay, but the new science has convinced us, and we don't think that way any longer.
Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and co-founder of 350.org. His most recent book is Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.
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Part 2: The Divestment Movement Takes on the New York State (NYS)$160 Billion Retirement Fund
The following video illustrates efforts by Fossil Free NYS and local activists to redirect these investments to be more in line with the morals and beliefs of the fire-fighters, teachers, and government employees it represents.
Catherine Jaffee, 350.org.
July 10, 2014 At over $160 billion, the NYS Common Retirement Fund is the third largest pension plan in the country, and it’s heavily invested in the fossil fuel industry.
Over 12,000 New Yorkers have already signed the petition calling on Comptroller DiNapoli to divest the NYS Common Retirement Fund. Many statewide organizations have submitted formal divestment resolutions and requests. The Comptroller’s current response is to participate in a yearlong climate risk study — while the CRF continues to invest in a climate crisis that deepens every day.
Climate change is real, it’s here, and it’s hurting New Yorkers. Join their efforts by signing the petition today.
Catherine Jaffee: US Digital Divestment Campaigner, 350.org
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