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SoCal 350 hosts legislative training

SoCal 350 Climate Action Hosts Legislative Training

By Sandy Emerson | December 8, 2017

SoCal 350‘s Legislative Committee, led by Dan Brotman, hosted a day of legislative training at Glendale Community College on December 3.  The morning session on “Passing Climate Bills in California” was led by Janet Cox of Fossil Free California, followed by West Hollywood’s Carol Kravetz on “Effective Citizen Lobbying”. For the afternoon session, Jeff Lassanske…

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San Leandro Moves to Divest from Wells Fargo

By Sandy Emerson | December 3, 2017

On November 20 the City Council of San Leandro took steps to divest from Wells Fargo by voting unanimously to move a $700,000 bond out of Wells Fargo Bank when it comes up for renewal. As soon as staff vacancies in the finance department have been filled, the Council further resolved to begin the process of seeking a new banking partner for its $5 million city banking business.

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Protest Megabanks Fossil Fuels Investments

Activists Protest Megabanks’ Fossil Fuels Investments

By Sandy Emerson | November 7, 2017

On October 23, activists mounted the largest-ever protest of megabanks’ investments in fossil fuels, with #DivestTheGlobe actions in more than 60 cities, 10 countries and 4 continents. Led by indigenous rights groups, activists marched on their local megabanks to demand an end to funding for fossil fuel projects.  The Divest the Globe protest was timed to…

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Flooding and Frontline Communities

Environmental Injustice After the Hurricanes

By Savannah Kuang | November 1, 2017

The hurricanes that devastated parts of Texas and most of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico have revealed a continuing story of environmental injustice. Millions of people’s lives in Puerto Rico were disrupted by Hurricane Maria, and Texans are still recovering from the destruction of  Hurricane Harvey. In Puerto Rico, rural and poverty-stricken areas were…

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Using California's Purchasing Power to Fight Climate Change

AB 262: Using California’s Purchasing Power to Fight Climate Change

By Christine Shewmaker | October 18, 2017

On Sunday, October 15th, Governor Brown signed AB 262, the Buy Clean California Act, which begins to leverage the purchasing power of California to fight climate change. Authored by Assembly Member Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), the bill garnered bipartisan support in both the Assembly and the Senate and was endorsed by Fossil Free California and many…

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Climate bills mixed results

California Climate Bills: Mixed Results

By Christine Shewmaker | September 26, 2017

The California legislative year has ended with mixed results for climate bills.  It was a busy year: our legislative team was tracking and advocating for bills until the very end of this session (the wee hours of September 16).

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Big Investors Challenge Banks to Disclose Climate Risk

By Sandy Emerson | September 17, 2017

UK responsible investment non-profit ShareAction and US-based Boston Common Asset Management have organized a letter campaign from 100 investors with combined assets of nearly 2 trillion dollars that asks 62 of the world’s largest banks to disclose financial climate risk. Targeted banks include JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, US Bank, Wells Fargo and other megabanks.

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Keep an Eye on These California Lawsuits

By Emily Laskin | September 11, 2017

Two California counties and one city are suing 37 oil majors for climate-related damages.

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Us Higher Ed Lags on Divestment

US Higher Education Lags on Divestment

By Stephen Asztalos | September 6, 2017

US higher education lags on divestment compared to the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, by percentage of institutions that have pledged to divest.

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Supporters argue for divestment at SFERS

By Deborah Silvey | August 11, 2017

Thirty people spoke for fossil fuel divestment to the San Francisco Employees Retirement System (SFERS) Board August 9th. The vote was postponed to a later meeting.

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