Fremantle Joins Global Call for Fossil Fuel Divestment at Paris Talks
December 7, 2015 8 Comments
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 350.org 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.
For more information: http://350.org/mayors-divestment-letter/
MAYORS LISTED :
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