• US Bank: Fund Solutions, Not Pollution
    Dear U.S. Bank, You’re breaking my heart. You use my money to support the dirty energy companies that threaten our water, climate, indigenous rights and the health of our communities. You are jeopardizing our children’s future. U.S. Bank, I need a relationship based on trust. You claim you care about climate change, but I found out you got together with Wells Fargo, and provided $22 billion dollars in financing to the oil and gas industry over the last 3 years. U.S. Bank, I've had enough, it's over between us! I am moving on to a bank that has begun divesting from fossil fuels. Sincerely, (Your Name) Sign and share to pledge to attend a Move Your Money action at a U.S. Bank near you! For more information about which banks have begun to divest from fossil fuels, see "The End of Coal" report at http://bit.ly/1OBvhPt To find a community bank or credit union near you, visit http://www.icba.org/ or http://www.asmarterchoice.org/
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  • Reduction of Plastics in Panda Express
    Plastics that we use and fail to recycle end up in the landfills, and often times into our oceans where they congregate into gyres which the Gyre Cleanup Project describes as a “naturally occurring vortex of wind and currents that rotate in a clockwise direction in the northern hemisphere and [counterclockwise] in the southern hemisphere.” These gyres attract the plastics to the center of the gyre and, over the years, have created what we call the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Once reaching the center, and even before, the plastics begin to break down into microplastics that enter the ecosystems and end up concentrating in the top of the food chain through biomagnification this can cause the animals to starve or can kill them through lead poisoning. The best way to fix this problem is through preventing the plastics from ever reaching the oceans, and reducing our overall use of plastics. This is easiest in cases like Panda Express where their plastic products are easily replaced by less harmful alternatives, like cardboard boxes and reusable containers.
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  • ExxonMobil: Do the right thing! Act now to help achieve a climate treaty in Paris 2015!
    Achieving a climate treaty this December depends on whether enough assistance will be offered to the countries that will suffer most from the consequences of climate change. Developed countries pledged in 2009 to arrange financing of $100bn per year by 2020, but according to an analysis by the World Resources Institute published in October, 2015, $14 billion per year is now lacking. A recent study shows that 90 companies caused 63% of total industrial carbon dioxide and methane emissions since 1854 (half of which dates to 1986), and traces 18.7% of total emissions to seven companies including ExxonMobil (Climatic Change, January, 2014). Among these seven, ExxonMobil stands out because of its climate-change misinformation campaign and other efforts to impede establishment of emissions-reducing laws and policies. Former Exxon CEO Lee R. Raymond said in 1997 that "the most pressing environmental problems of the developing nations are related to poverty, not global climate change." The two problems are now closely related. As Oxfam states on its website, climate change hits poor communities hardest, despite the fact that "the carbon footprint of the world’s one billion poorest people represents just 3 percent of the global total." If current CEO Rex Tillerson agrees with Raymond about poverty or agrees with Ken Cohen, his company's spokesperson (who has more than once written on the company's website that "the risks of climate change are real and the risks warrant action"), then he should quickly do everything he can to ensure achievement of a climate treaty.
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  • UMass Alumni: Urgent call for Trustees to vote to Divest from Fossil Fuels on December 9, 2015
    1. Climate Change - Global warming is making the seas rise, the glaciers melt, and wreaking havoc for millions of the poorest people on the planet; 2. Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground - It is essential that the oil, natural gas, and coal companies leave 80% of the available fossil fuels in the ground to keep the temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius; 3. It is a Moral Responsibility - The UMass Board of Trustees has a moral responsibility to do everything it can do can to ensure that today’s and tomorrow’s University of Massachusetts’ students have a good life on an inhabitable planet as “global temperatures are running far above last year’s, all but guaranteeing that 2015 will be the hottest year in the historical record.” (“2015 Likely to Be Hottest Year on Record,” by Justin Gillis, The New York Times, October 22, 2015) 4. Time to act is NOW - as world leaders will be in Paris in December, while the Board of Trustees are in Lowell, to approve plans to dramatically reduce their nation’s fossil fuel consumption. Since President Meehan has stated that he wants the University of Massachusetts to become one of the top 20 universities in the country, this is a perfect opportunity for the University to be a leader on the most important issue of the 21st Century - Climate Change. Other higher education institutions like Stanford (Coal only) and University of California (Coal and Tar Sands Only) have voted for partial divestment. UMass can show it is a leader, role-model, and world class institution by voting to fully divest of all types of fossil fuels including Coal, Tar Sands, Oil, and Natural Gas from its investments - both direct and indirect (i.e. co-mingled funds).
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  • Investigate Exxon over Climate Change misinformation campaign
    While we must focus on the here and now in our work to mitigate and solve the climate catastrophe, those responsible for creating and exacerbating the most dangerous circumstances ever faced by mankind, must be made to answer for any criminal actions that have taken place, and have a hand in bearing the financial burden of paying for the solutions to the crisis. Exxon had reports from their own internal scientists, in the late 1970's, that clearly showed the dangers that their product and activities were having on the planet. With this information in hand, the decision was made to bury the data and instead, for decades, fund purposefully erroneous reports to confuse the American public, and to form and finance propaganda organizations in order to give the appearance of a debate over the effects of their activities and the role carbon was playing in the climate change phenomenon.
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  • Reducing Global Warming through Tree plantation
    The rural villages of Madurai District, Tamil Nadu, India is very much deprived of development poverty and environmental degradation has put a drastic change in the life of the village community in all blocks . This leads to mass migration of community for searching livelihood, child labor, poor health and sanitation, indebtedness with money lenders etc. The target area is surrounded by the western ghats. Daily thousand trees are cut down by illegal persons. Bio fuel trees ( pongamia binnata, Jutropha curcas) is a source of renewable energy unlike fossil fuel. It is ecologically begin twice over in that, first, no carbon diozide is emitted into the atmosphere and, second, it also sequesters carbon from the atmosphere through tree leaves. Biofuel being an instrument of clean development mechanism, Neem is the multipurpose using trees and environmental regeneration. Under these desperate circumstances, change mitigation is an urgent priority. Emission of Co2 can be cut in following ways, • Bio fuel seed collection • Bio fuel Trees plantation • Neem trees plantation • Increasing Rural income through bio-fuel trees plantation in rural areas. So, this project will address the climate change issues through afforestation activities.
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  • Pacific Leaders need to lead Climate Fight for their People at COP21
    The Pacific remains a critical voice in international climate negotiations, not just as one of the regions most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, but also through increased advocacy initiatives to find solutions for the greatest phenomenon of our times. Pacific Leaders must continue to build on a strong and united Pacific voice on the fight against climate change internationally.
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  • Urge California Assembly Members to support strong climate legislation
    Two critical bills in the California State legislature have the potential to solidify California’s leadership position on climate action and clean energy and to significantly advance associated economic and jobs growth as well as health improvements. Senate Bill 32 (SB 32) is a statutory commitment for California to reduce GHG emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Senate Bill 350 (SB 350) sets targets for 2030 that achieve 50% reduction in petroleum use in cars and trucks, 50% of utility power from renewable energy, and double the energy efficiency of existing buildings. Sign to urge your Assembly Member to vote Yes on SB 32 and SB 350. You can also call your Assembly Member to express support. See http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ Thank you!
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  • Ask South Yorkshire Pension Authority to invest ethically and divest from fossil fuels
    Since its formation in 1988, South Yorkshire Pensions Authority has worked hard on behalf of its nearly 140,000 members to provide them with a safe and secure future in retirement. Yet while ever it invests in unethical companies or industries, including fossil fuels and tobacco, the Authority is putting these achievements at great risk, by undermining long-term commitments to maximise pension fund investments and to provide good service to fund members. (The over 300 employers contributing to the Authority's schemes are also at risk, as it is they who will ultimately meet any shortfall in the cost of providing scheme benefits to retired members.) The South Yorkshire Pensions Authority (SYPA) which manages the Local Government Pension Scheme has £259m invested in companies with fossil fuel and fracking connections such as Shell, BP and Glencore, 4.25% of its £6.1bn holdings (as at Mar 2016). It also holds investments in companies which fail to balance their focus on profit with the social and environmental responsibilities expected in the modern day. We believe it is morally indefensible to invest in companies that destroy our climate and so leave to our children a world where life as we know it is unsustainable. And that it is financially irresponsible to invest in such a high risk sector where the experts agree that the assets are currently wildly overstated and where share prices are certain to plummet.
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  • Give back the RANCHERIA RIVER to people
    In Colombian La Guajira, a region north of the country and home to one of the largest indigenous peoples of Colombia, the Wayuu, a silent extermination is going on. The Wayuu are dying of thirst and hunger because large landowners and mining companies have privatized and deviated the main river of the region, the Rancheria, and have left them without water. Cerrejón Coal Mine, the biggest coal open mine in the world, and other firms have also placed a dam on the Ranchería River and make extensive use of the underground water sources for their mining operation. La Guajira is currently suffering from one of the worst man caused droughts. The Wayuus claim that 14,000 (14 thousand) people have already died of starvation and thirst, especially children and the elderly. The Wayuu community has filed a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights -CIDH-, OAS, based in Washington, by the violation of their fundamental rights vital. Indigenous traditional authorities, through their legal representative Javier Rojas Uriana, requested the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to dictate urgent precautionary measures enabling them to regain use of the Rancheria River to stop the current mortality by starvation of children and older adults. The El Cercado dam gates that restrict the flow of water from the Rancheria River, should be opened immediately. El Cerrejón is also asked to suspend immediately underground water intakes for its operations. Wayuus communities point to Cerrejón as the main culprit of the drought of nearly nine wells, as dynamite explosions used in mining operations create cracks and dry wells, not to mention coal ash falling into the water. The unpublished documentary “The stolen river” by Colombian journalist Gonzalo Guillén, will be represented to the Inter-American Commission as evidence. See trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=stolen+river+Gonzalo+Guill%C3%A9n The Cerrejon mine claims that is acts under the United Nations Global Compact, Voluntary Principles, and the Global Reporting Initiative, among other guiding principles. Cerrejón create the Cerrejón Foundations System to work for the sustainability of the department of La Guajira. Cerrejon belongs to BHP Billington, Xtrata and Anglo American mining companies.
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  • Oppose The Energy East Pipeline in Renfrew County
    Pipeline ruptures, the likes of which occurred in Mayflower, Arkansas and the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, demonstrate the devastating effects a spill would have on our rivers and creeks, on our health and our local economies. Our Natural Gas supply, delivery and cost will also be negatively affected. This pipeline proposal is not compatible with a safe climate. Canada cannot meet any meaningful climate target if this project is approved. Ontario has made progress in reducing its emissions by shutting coal plants, but rising tar sands production risks wiping out those gains. Energy East carries many risks for Renfrew County, but few benefits.
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  • Fossilfri Københavnerkapital
    København er kendt i verden som det sted, verdens ledere forpligtede hinanden på målet om at den globale opvarmning skal begrænses til max 2 grader. Finansfolk har regnet på dette mål og fundet ud af, at der derfor måske er en carbonboble i selskaber, der henter fossile brændsler op ad jorden, fordi de regner med at kunne sælge brændstoffer som ikke kan brændes af. Disse selskaber har politisk magt og kører omfattende lobbyvirksomhed, der håner vedvarende energi og underspiller den globale politiske enighed fra København. Den globale fossilfri divestment-kampagne vil bryde denne politiske magt og bane vejen for retfærdige klimaløsninger, som fx energieffektiviseringer og vedvarende energi. Københavns Kommune skal bakke op om disse mål.
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