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Moving from Fossil Fuels

Divestment movement updates:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/08/fossil-fuel-divestment-a-brief-history

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/fossil-fuel-divestment/

http://350.org/category/topic/divestment/

http://www.iop.harvard.edu/does-divestment-work

Students for a Just and Stable Future

Rockefellers divest

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/us/heirs-to-an-oil-fortune-join-the-divestment-drive.html


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[edit] GoFossilFree

http://gofossilfree.org/commitments/

http://gofossilfree.org/#blog

Fossil Free has listed a growing number of institutions committing to divest from fossil fuels.

The commitments page lists a growing number of commitments from colleges and universities, cities, counties, religious institutions, and other institutions.

Visit their site and click on each name for more information -- and model language -- about the type of commitment they’re making.


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[edit] Divestment News

Highlights

Consider that the roughly 1,700 oil-and-gas and coal companies listed on stock exchanges are worth nearly $5 trillion, according to the research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

2015

Harvard, Ye Hypocrites

On the global issue that matters most, Harvard University is losing credibility—not to mention money.
-- By Bill McKibben

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/fossil-fuel-divestment

http://www.thenation.com/article/time-big-green-go-fossil-free/

2014

"Thoughts" on divestment from the vice president of public and government affairs for Exxon Mobil Corporation

"It is, simply, a movement that is out of step with reality... "Divestment represents a diversion from the real search for technological solutions to managing climate risks that energy companies like ours are pursuing."

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2014/10/26/the-financial-case-for-fossil-fuel-divesting/

There’s a financial case for divesting from funds with holdings in the fossil fuel industry, according to an advisor and author on socially responsible investing, but most activists don’t make the financial case.

“They’re making a moral case, they’re making an environmental case,” Tom Nowak of Quantum Financial said at an appearance at Green Fest in Chicago Friday. “What do people respond to when it comes to money? Give me the financial case.”

The financial case, according to Nowak, derives from the increasing likelihood of a price on carbon...

Divestment from fossil fuels

  • "Stranded asset" concerns

Hong Kong and London reports – Oil, gas and coal companies make up one of the world’s largest liquid asset classes, with a combined stock market valuation of nearly $5trn. In the past two years, dozens of public and private institutions have announced plans to divest their fossil fuel holdings because of environmental concerns, ethical investment strategies, or worries that assets might become “stranded” by emission regulations...

Exxon Mobile goes on record re: stranded assets

"[W]e are confident that none of our hydrocarbon reserves are now or will become “stranded.”

http://www.studentsdivest.org/

[edit] List of Divesting Orgs

[As of November 2014]

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Colleges and Universities

College of the Atlantic

Foothill-De Anza Community College Foundation

University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

Green Mountain College

Hampshire College

Naropa University

Peralta Community College District

Pitzer College

Prescott College

San Francisco State University Foundation

Stanford University

Sterling College

Unity College

University of Dayton


Cities

Seattle, WA

San Francisco, CA

Portland, OR

Eugene, OR

Berkeley, CA

Richmond, CA

Santa Monica, CA

Boulder, CO

Santa Fe, NM

Madison, WI

Bayfield, WI

State College, PA

Ithaca, NY

Truro, MA

Provincetown, MA

Providence, RI

Cambridge, MA

Northampton, MA

Ann Arbor, MI

Boxtel, the Netherlands

New London, CT

Amherst, MA

Sudbury, MA

Concord, MA

Framingham, MA

Dunedin, New Zealand

Oakland, California

Örebro, Sweden

Oxford, United Kingdom

Eugene, OR

City of Brisbane, CA

City of Moreland, Melbourne, Australia

City of Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

Ashland, OR


Counties

San Francisco, CA

Dane County, WI


Religious Institutions

United Church of Christ – National

Massachusetts United Church of Christ

Minnesota United Church of Christ

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Oregon

First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, UT

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Cambridge, MA

Portsmouth South Church Unitarian First Unitarian Church of Pittsfield, ME

First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, WI

First Presbyterian Palo Alto, CA

Uniting Church, New South Wales & ACT, Australia

Dover Friends Meeting, Dover, NH

Melbourne Unitarian Church, Australia

Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, MA

Anglican Diocese of Wellington, New Zealand

Anglican Diocese of Auckland, New Zealand

Anglican Diocese of Dunedin, New Zealand

Anglican Diocese of Waiapu, New Zealand

Anglican Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki, New Zealand

Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Anglican Diocese of Perth, Australia

Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, Australia

Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, Australia

Anglican National Super, Australia

Brighthelm Church, Brighton, UK

Society for Community Work

Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, MA

Maine Council of Churches, ME

Trinity St. Paul’s United Church, Toronto, Canada

Quakers in Britain

Diakonia, Sweden

Colorado Ratnashri Sangha

First Unitarian Church, Ottawa

Union Theological Seminary, New York City

First Religious Society of Newburyport, MA

Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence, MA

Unitarian Universalist Association

Central Philadelphia Monthly Quaker Meeting, PA, USA

Lansdowne Monthly Quaker Meeting, PA, USA

Westtown Monthly Quaker Meeting, PA, USA

Lehigh Valley Monthly Quaker Meeting, PA, USA

Old Haverford Monthly Quaker Meeting, PA, USA

Newtown Monthly Quaker Meeting, PA, USA

Haverford Quarterly Quaker Meeting, PA, USA

Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, NY, USA

World Council of Churches

Community Friends, OH, USA

Uniting Church in Australia Assembly, Australia

Franciscan Sisters of Mary, MO, USA

Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, MA, USA

Church of Sweden

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County (UUCSC), RI, USA

First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR, USA

Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation, AZ, USA

First Universalist Church of Pittsfield, ME, USA

Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, NM, USA Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, CA, USA

UU Fellowship of Corvallis, OR, USA

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, IA, USA

Lake County Unitarian Universalist Church, WI, USA

First Parish (Old Ship Church), MA, USA

All Souls UU Church, MA, USA

Unity Temple UU Congregation, IL, USA

First Parish Church UU, MA, USA

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, VA, USA

Church of England Diocese of Oxford, United Kingdom


Foundations

Divest-Invest Philanthropic Group

Sierra Club Foundation

Wallace Global Fund

Jubitz Family Foundation

The Educational Foundation of America

Park Foundation

The Russell Family Foundation

Compton Foundation

KL Felicitas Foundation

The Chorus Foundation

Singing Field Foundation

Nia Community Foundation

The John Merck Fund

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Solidago Foundation

Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation

Granary Foundation

The Schmidt Family Foundation

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation

Pax Fund

Ross Knowles Fund

Madden Sainsbury Foundation

Earth Welfare Foundation

McKinnon Family Foundation

The Hunt Foundation

Pace Foundation

Mullum Trust

NSRC Fund

Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation


Other Institutions

Santa Fe Art Institute

New Progressive Alliance

Council of Canadians

Santa Clara Valley Water District

Students’ Society of McGill University (pdf)

Island Institute, Maine, US

British Medical Association

Oregon Environmental Council


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