Climate Activists Promote Divestment from Fossil Fuels During COP 21 in Paris
The climate negotiations have started among government officials in Paris this week, and activist groups are using several strategies to pressure major leaders to reach a climate agreement. On December 2nd, the event “Divest For Paris“, organized by 350.org, discussed economic options available for the the world to move towards a green economy. The meeting has brought together major leaders from the Divest Movement, such as May Boeve (executive director of 350.org), Stephen Heintz (president of the Rockefeller Brothers foundation), and Pascal Canfin (senior advisor for International Climate Affairs at the World Resources Institute) among others.
350.org is a grassroots initiative that is building a worldwide movement, inspiring people in more than 180 countries to join the fight in reducing carbon concentration in the atmosphere from 400 to 350 parts per million. This organization promotes many projects including Fossil Free. Fossil Free an international network that gathers foundations, faith-based groups, government organizations, pension funds, colleges, universities, and NGOs to encourage them to withdraw their investments from the fossil fuel industry. The meeting “Divest For Paris” has announced a major divest-invest movement, where presenters have discussed other options for capital investment that can be converted into green energy and climate resiliency initiatives.