We urge the Pacific Northwest's leading institutions, foundations and municipal governments to lead the fight against climate change by joining the fossil fuel divestment movement.
"Where capital goes in the next 15 years is going to decide whether we're actually able to address climate change and what kind of century we're going to have."
Christina Figueres, Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has highlighted the need to reduce annual investment in fossil fuels by at least $30 billion per year in order to curtail catastrophic climate change.
Yet many of the Northwest's most iconic institutions -- including the City of Seattle, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the state of Washington -- continue to invest $100s of millions in companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, BP, and Peabody Coal.
We call upon the City of Seattle, the Gates Foundation and Washington state to divest from fossil fuels.
“People of conscience need to break their ties with the corporations financing the injustice of climate change”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
WHY THE CITY OF SEATTLE?
If the City of Seattle's pension board votes to divest from fossil fuels they would be the first pension board to do so in the United States, setting an exciting and important precedent that could set in motion a huge ripple effect across the country.
By voting to divest the City of Seattle could be part of helping to ensure that billions of dollars are removed from the fossil fuel sector and re-invested in clean energy.
To read more about the moral argument for divesting from fossil fuels please click here.
And to read much more on why it is also a financially prudent move to divest from fossil fuels please click here.
"We really can invest in new energy sources, divest from old sources, and actually make the economy stronger. So let’s do it.”
Paul Krugman, Professor of Economics, University of New York
This community campaign won't succeed without your help!
Right now we are looking for City of Seattle employees and retirees who will help us to push the City to divest.
ARE YOU A CITY EMPLOYEE OR RETIREE?
IF SO PLEASE CONTACT US, BY CLICKING HERE OR EMAILING US AT INFO@NORTHWESTDIVEST.ORG
LAST YEAR WE WORKED HARD TO PUSH THE GATES FOUNDATION TO DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS. THEY RESPONDED BY SELLING ALL $187 MILLION OF THEIR BP STOCK.
THIS YEAR WE ARE ASKING THE CITY OF SEATTLE TO JOIN THE FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT MOVEMENT.
City employees sign the City of Seattle Petition and Pledge of Action
WA state residents sign the WA state petition
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And if you are a City of Seattle or WA state employee or retiree and would like to get further involved
Please contact us by shooting us an email at email@example.com