Fossil Free California: Divesting from Fossil Fuels

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Members of 350 Sonoma County attended Fossil Free California's Strategy Day at 350.org's Oakland office on September 17, including Jane Vosburg, who is also a member of Fossil Free CA's new steering committee.

Fossil Free CA is one of the campaigns of 350.org which focuses on divesting from fossil fuels in California.

Divestment played a key role worldwide in turning the tide against South African racial apartheid. And we here in California often lead the way for the rest of the world in social transformation, and technological and economic innovation. CalSTRS (the California State Teachers Retirement System) and CalPERS (the California Public Employees' Retirement System) both divested from South Africa. The effect of pulling out their combined billions of investment dollars played a major role in ending apartheid, and many across the world followed suit. We are working to accelerate divestment from fossil fuel industries in order to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and sustainable technologies by 2050.

350 Sonoma County's divestment group focuses on urging CalSTRS to divest its billions from fossil fuel companies.

  • We have started a project to send letters and emails to the boards of the largest chapters of the California Teachers Association, asking for their support.
  • We also need bodies at the next CalSTRS Investment Committee meeting, scheduled for November 4, 10AM -12PM at CalSTRS office in Sacramento.
  • In addition, if anyone is interested in pursuing the Divest Santa Rosa and Sonoma County campaigns, Jane can give you details of the current status and suggest steps forward.

The divestment group meets the 1st Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at Jane Vosburg’s home in Santa Rosa (except as noted on our web site, Facebook page and electronic mailing list).

To get involved in any of our divestment projects, please contact Jane at divest.calstrs@gmail.com

 

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