Fremantle Joins Global Call for Fossil Fuel Divestment at Paris Talks

I was proud to have my name (on behalf of the City of Fremantle) added to a group of mayors that have called for divestment from fossil fuels and a shift in finance will support transition to 100% renewable energy at the Paris climate talks

The letter includes the mayors from: Portland, Oregon; Bristol City, UK;; Boxtel, the Netherlands; Santa Monica, California; and Melbourne, Moreland City and (of course) Fremantle , Australia.

The group of mayors covers many political persuasions and includes Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle who is a member of the Liberal Party. What binds us is we all realize the importance of sustainability and energy transition for the city in combatting climate change.

“Diversifying our energy supply and supporting innovation is a must for the future of our city. You don’t get to be the most liveable city in the world without a strong focus on sustainability and prosperity,” the Lord Mayor said in a statement from the City of Melbourne.

“Cities know firsthand the problems brought about by fossil fuels, from urban air pollution to rising seas,” said Executive Director, May Boeve. “They’re also seeing the opportunity for reinvestment–the money they take out of companies like ExxonMobil can be then invested in companies that are creating green jobs in their community. These cities are helping move the divest-invest discussion into the realm of public policy, setting an example for state and national governments as they do.”

Overall, more than 50 cities around the world have passed some form of divestment commitment, with many more campaigns underway. Total divestment commitments have surged to over 500 institutions representing $3.4 trillion in assets.

In the lead up to the COP21 Climate Summit for Local Leaders in Paris, we, as concerned mayors and municipalities representatives, are calling on our colleagues to follow our steps and divest their city’s assets away from fossil fuels. Through divestment, we have accelerated the transition to a sustainable future.

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Mark Mark Buijs – Mayor of Boxtel, the Netherlands

Councilman Seth Yurdin, Providence, RI, USA

Kitty Piercy, Mayor of Eugene, Oregon, USA

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol City, UK

Kevin McKeown, Mayor of Santa Monica, CA USA

Thomas Donegan, Chair, Board Of Selectmen, Provincetown, MA, USA

Brad Pettitt, Mayor, City of Fremantle, Australia

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Mayor of the City of Melbourne, Australia

Charlie Hales, Mayor of Portland, Oregon, USA

Samantha Ratnam, Councilor, Moreland City Australia

Raymond Johansen, Governing Mayor of Oslo, Norway

Councillor Robert Dryden, Mayor of Cambridge, UK

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8 Responses to Fremantle Joins Global Call for Fossil Fuel Divestment at Paris Talks

  1. Janet Little says:

    So proud of you Brad!


    Mum x

  2. Bill Grace says:

    well done Brad proud to have you as our mayor, you’re doing a great job keep up the good work.

  3. There has been no increase in temperatures in the last 16 years of any significance so all this Bullshit about Climate caused by Man is the biggest CON of the last 1000 years.
    Get your Heads out of where the Sun dose not shine because breathing methane gas will end your brain dead lives.

  4. Paula Amaral says:

    Congratulations Brad!

  5. Colin Nichol says:

    Not only heating the atmosphere and oceans but the arguments as well

  6. Greenie Greenfield says:

    Call for Fremantle Ports Divestment.

  7. Greenie Greenfield says:

    Lets harness the latest new Policy direction of the Government for a knowledge economy right here in Fremantle. Where is Professor Peter Newman when you need him!
    Some transport solutions to really Rethink The Link.
    We could help innovative auto companies develop sustainable transport solutions and capitalise on this new transport link by opening the doors to businesses like this. Best of all we can be green and sustainable in the process.

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