Wynne Furth: Climate Activist & Former City Attorney Calls for Fossil Fuel Divestment

Wynne Furth at home

Retired city attorney and long-time activist, Wynne Furth is also a direct beneficiary of CalPERS, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, which invests approximately $30 billion of its $400 billion, in oil, gas, and coal producers. Wynne: “I’m a CalPERS retiree, and my husband was at the University of California where they have divested from…

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Leonard Sklar: Geology Professor, CalPERS Beneficiary, & Divestment Activist

Leonard Sklar

Professor of Geology Leonard Sklar, advocates for his pension fund, CalPERS, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, to divest from fossil fuels because on climate change, finance and geology are connected. Leonard: “I have a great textbook that we’re using but it doesn’t talk about the linkage between resource extraction and climate change and how…

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To Mitigate Wildfires, Divest from Fossil Fuels

Sun-cloaked orange skies paint a worrying picture of a present climate, changed, and a worsening climate-changed future, if humans continue to burn fossil fuels at the present rate – the United States, representing 4% of the world’s human population, was responsible for 15% of the world’s carbon emissions in 2018. The same year (2018), California set a record…

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Environmental Justice, AB345, and CalGEM

Communities Say NO to Oil Drilling, YES to Community Health Governor Newsom recently issued executive orders and statements about his administration’s intention to fight climate change, focus on the impacts of oil extraction in the transition away from fossil fuels, and protect the health and safety of our communities. Despite this, a true commitment from…

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Paula Buel: Retired Teacher Urges Teachers to Mobilize for CalSTRS Divestment

Career California school teacher Paula Buel recently spoke with a friend in the northwest U.S. forced to make sudden, heart-wrenching decisions about her horses during a wildfire evacuation, one example of how climate disruptions cause novel and traumatizing last-second decisions. Paula: “Look around you…. these climate disasters are happening all around us and we have…

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Park Guthrie: Grade School Teacher, CalSTRS Member, Wildfire Evacuee

Park Guthrie in DC

At one school community in northern California, students and educators have adapted to five climate-related emergencies in four years (four forest fires and a flood), all causing mandatory evacuations and countless traumas. COVID-19 has only complicated the equation with distanced learning. Park Guthrie, a long-time California educator of 11 and 12-year-olds, says his Zoom class…

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Joint Puente-FFCA Fundraiser

Puente Event Collage

This month, we are highlighting the frontline work of Puente de la Costa Sur, an organization serving coastal communities affected by the wildfires. From now until September 30, all donations to Fossil Free CA will be shared 50/50 with Puente. About Puente Puente de la Costa Sur (Puente) is an integral and active member of…

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