Divest from Fossil Fuels NOW

JOIN THE DIVESTMENT FROM FOSSIL FUELS CAMPAIGN!

We’re asking Pittsburgh City Council to Divest From Fossil Fuels!  YES!

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Dear Friends,

Please sign on to the following petition and help us with our work to increase divestment from fossil fuels to save the planet.

City of Pittsburgh: Invest in Thrive-ability – Divest from Fossil Fuel and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.

This campaign can create a shift in our future and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can read more and sign the petition here:

http://campaigns.gofossilfree.org/petitions/city-of-pittsburgh-invest-in-thriveability-divest-from-fossil-fuel

Thank you!

Thomas Merton Center Environmental Justice Committee

P.S. Can you also take a moment to share the petition with others? It’s really easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Facebook or Twitter:

http://campaigns.gofossilfree.org/petitions/city-of-pittsburgh-invest-in-thriveability-divest-from-fossil-fuel

Or upload a PAPER PETITION for your community and friends to sign!

Paper petition Pittsburgh Divestment Campaign

Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do. ~ Max De Pree

Online Petition

Paper Petition

We are asking the City of Pittsburgh to: 
1. Immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels.
2. Divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years. 

Seattle is the first city to announce its intention to divest from fossil fuel investments and the San Francisco's Board of Supervisors is urging that the $16 billion pension fund to divest over $583 million from the fossil fuel industry. Nine other cities have joined in: Madison, WI; Bayfield WI; Ithaca, NY; Boulder, CO; Rochester, MN; Eugene, OR; Richmond, CA; Berkeley, CA; and San Francisco, CA.

The goal is to unhook America from the grip of the industry, which is preventing us from addressing climate change and forcing Pennsylvania to become a gas colony and pushing the Keystone pipeline through. 

Cities that do so will be leaders in creating a new model for quality of life, environmental thrive-ability and economic success. 

If you follow this path of divestment from fossil fuel companies you will 
a) drive public awareness of the incalculable damage being done for huge immediate profits in exchange for an uninhabitable future; 
b) build public recognition of the urgent need to drastically and rapidly reduce dependence on fossil fuels; call widespread attentionto the consequences of continuing a "business as usual" approach to extracting, marketing and burning fossil fuel;
lead to inspiring an urgent, accelerated and popular commitment to leave untapped 80% of the known carbon reserves, while developing renewable energy resources capable of meeting human needs while making it possible that life as we have known it might continue on Earth.

Why is this important?

There is a worldwide movement which focuses on leaving as much of the earth's carbon reserves as possible in the ground. Scientists have done the simple math. We have increased the temperature by less than 1 degree Celsius and it is hard to imaginewhat life will be like when we reach 2 degrees Celsius. We can release up to 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide by burning fossil fuels and stay below 2degrees C of warming. If we burn more than that we risk catastrophe for life on earth. Fossil fuel corporations how have 2,795 gigatons in their reserves - five times the safe amount. If fuel companies carry out their stated missions by utilizing the known reserves they currently own or have rights to, Earth will become inhospitable to life as we know it.