Yesterday I finally took the long-planned step of divesting (part of my almost non-existent retirement fund) from fossil fuels.
Only to learn -- what a coincidence -- yesterday the heirs of Standard Oil magnate John D. Rockefeller announced their pledge to divest from fossil fuels (today was the opening of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City).
Too often people point fingers at the "big oil" companies for the environmental damage being done. But it isn't just those companies, it's "we", the people, who put money into their pockets. Our refusal to take personal responsibility for each of our own, individual actions has stranded our most important assets: clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet for all creatures.
The divestment movement builds on the successful anti-Apartheid divestment activism which brought positive change to South Africa.
" ... today’s movement argues that mission-based institutions whose goals and
constituencies are threatened by the extraction and combustion of fossil fuels
should not also seek to profit from them." Divest-Invest Philanthropy
Time to divest with the best.