SEATTLE EMPLOYEES & RETIREES: SIGN THE PETITION!
The state of Washington is already feeling the brunt of climate change. In recent years, we have seen over 50% of Columbia River salmon die in overheated rivers, record-breaking wildfires scorch our lands, burn our homes and kill. Drought has cost our state hundreds of millions of dollars over the last few years alone, our snow packs have plummeted, resulting in more water pollution, less drinking water, and less hydro-electric capacity, while also robbing our ski industry of millions of dollars. Our forests are threatened by the pine bark beetle, which thrives in warmer temperatures. Many of the Pacific Northwest's native plant and animal species are at risk, and some of our coastal communities will become uninhabitable due to sea-level rise in the years ahead.
According to the World Health Organization over 150,000 people are already dying every single year as a direct result of human-caused climate change. Seven million die as a direct result of air pollution. Over 50% of the world's coral reefs are already dead or dying. Mammals have already been pushed to extinction as a direct result of climate change.
Therefore, I ask the Seattle City Employees Retirement System (SCERS) board to divest the City's pension fund of fossil fuel stocks.
(Note: please only sign this petition if you are a member of the Seattle Employees and Retirees System)