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CARBON DIVESTMENT: TOWARD A JUST & SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE: DIVEST / INVEST

A quick how-to promoting carbon divestment and a lifestyle promoting sustainability. #carbondivestment

FOSSIL FREE

"Not only are institutions destroying the planet, but they are also taking unnecessary risks with their endowments."
-- Naomi Klein

THE VERY, VERY BASICS -- HOW TO DIVEST & REINVEST

  1. Divest Your Fossil-Fuel-Company Holdings
    Sell any holdings in the top 200 companies holding the most fossil-fuel reserves. Call your mutual fund companies, urge them to offer fossil-free options. If they can’t, or won’t, tell them you’ll be shifting your mutual fund investing to a company that offers fossil-free funds.

  2. Reinvest in Clean Energy and Fossil-Free Products 
    Buy fossil-free stocks in consultation with your financial planner, invest in fossil-free mutual funds and ETFs, or invest in crowdsourced solar projects.

  3. Invest in Clean Energy for Your Home and Community
    Boost your home’s value by installing clean energy, or look into community solar opportnities, on the rise nationwide.

  4. Shift Your Bank Accounts and Credit Cards
    Refuse to do business with mega-banks heavily invested in fossil fuels. Move your checking and savings accounts and credit cards to community development banks. (See the Banking/Credit Card tab above).
     
  5. Support Institutional Divestment Movements
    Work with your city, house of worship, university, or other groups that may be invested in fossil fuels.
     

SOME RESOURCES & CAMPAIGNS

GO FOSSIL FREE  
The leading force in the divestment movement.  From Bill McKibben's 350.org.

KEEP IT IN THE GROUND
The Guardian's campaign to urge the world's biggest charitable funds to move their money out of fossil fuels. See also their Personal Divestment Q & As,and their Template Letter for Fossil Fuel Divestment

DIVEST/ INVEST
Encouraging people, groups, and institutions to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions. Learn about Individuals pledging to go fossil free in their personal investments.

GLOBAL WARMING'S TERRIFYING NEW MATH
Bill McKibben's seminal Rolling Stone article: the basic math of Climate, Big Oil, Fossil Fuel Investment, and the efficacy of Divestment.

And watch the NAOMI KLEIN INTERVIEW, or read the edited three-part transcript in Grist:  Oil Prices, Strengthening the Climate Movement, and The Power of Divestment.

FOSSIL FUEL-FREE FUNDS OUTPERFORMS CONVENTIONAL FUNDS
Investors who dumped holdings in coal, oil and gas earned an average return of 1.2% more a year over last five years, data from the world’s leading stock market index reveals.

CARBON TRACKER -- STRANDED ASSETS
For regulators, governments & investors to re-evaluate energy business models against carbon budgets, to prevent $6 trillion carbon bubble in the next decade.

PORTFOLIO DECARBONIZATION COALITION
Mobilizing financial markets to drive decarbonization.

THE WORLD BANK: CARBON BUBBLES & STRANDED ASSETS
...To minimize future losses, investors can start to diversify today by adding clean energy assets to their portfolio. These assets will gain value during the transition to a low-carbon economy as fossil fuel assets lose value.

GREEN AMERICA'S DIVESTMENT GUIDE


HOW TO ADD SOCIALLY & ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENTS TO AN EMPLOYER'S RETIREMENT PLAN [PDF]

FOSSIL FREE INDEXES
A family of fossil free indexes that specifically exclude the top 100 public coal, oil, and gas companies globally.

GENERATION INVESTMENTS
Environmental & social investing toward long-term financial returns & building a sustainable & equitable economy. See also: US SIF--The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment

FIRST AFFIRMATIVE FINANCIAL NETWORK
Working with money as a tool for transformation toward a socially just, truly sustainable future for all.

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