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Writings and Essays

A 2-session Bible study that addresses fossil fuel divestment, clean energy reinvestment, the environment and the ethics of investing

A creative exercise in which people play different roles in a religious institution debating divestment

Tips for clergy or leaders who want to offer a sermon on divestment and reinvestment - with Jewish and Christian texts.

An introductory essay addressing divestment and reinvestment, with discussion questions

A description of four Biblical themes, with supporting passages

An essay in the magazine of the Islamic Society of North America arguing for divestment

An essay introducing Jewish teachings on ethical investing, with discussion questions

Also, more on MOM/POP: a Rabbinic CallJewish Sources, and an explanatory article

An annotated collection of traditional Jewish sources

A blog post with guidelines for responsible investing

Links to a selection of teachings from different religions

Christian educational resources, from an Evangelical perspective

A selection of McKibben's writings on divestment and reinvestment for faith communities

 

Denominational Networks

 

Success Stories

 

Webinar Recordings

GreenFaith offers regular webinars as part of our Divest & Reinvest Now Campaign. 

Each recording is approximately 60 minutes and contains a PowerPoint presentation and audio recording.

Divest & Reinvest Now - Introduction

Rev. Fletcher Harper introduces GreenFaith's Divest & Reinvest Now Campaign.  6/20/13

The Bible, Divestment & Reinvestment

Rabbi Lawrence Troster and Rev. Richard Cizik speak about Biblical and moral teachings on divestment and reinvestment - from Jewish and Christian perspectives. 7/15/13

Divest & Reinvest Now Heroes - United Church of Christ (UCC) and Unitarian Universalist (UU) Leadership

The UCC's Rev. Jim Antal and UU leader Terry Wiggins speak about divest and reinvest resolutions adopted at their recent denominational conventions.  8/12/13

Financial Considerations in Divesting and Reinvesting

Leslie Samuelrich from Green Century Capital Management and Thomas Van Dyck from RBC Wealth Management discuss the financial considerations for divestment and reinvestment, and share a process that trustees and managers of religious funds can follow.  9/16/13

Conversation with Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben, a key leader in the divestment-reinvestment movement, speaks about the importance of the faith community's involvement.  10/3/13

Catholic Perspectives on Divestment and Reinvestment

Author Doug Demeo and Catholic theologians Erin Lothes and Richard Miller share the reactions to Demeo's article on this topic in America Magazine and describe relevant Catholic teachings.


Media Coverage and Reports on Divestment and Reinvestment

The following are a collection of articles and reports on Fossil Divestment and Reinvestment in a Clean Energy Future from secular sources.  For religious and moral sources, click here.


Introductory Articles and Media Coverage

Rolling Stone Magazine - Global Warming's Terrifying New Math, by Bill McKibben

An article detailing the urgency for stopping the use of fossil fuel reserves, and the significance of divestment as a response - July, 2012

Do the Math - The Movie

A 40-minute film with footage from 350.org and Bill McKibben's national tour to encourage divestment

More Churches Calling for Divestment from Fossil Fuel

Boston Globe feature - June 30, 2013

Bill McKibben on Divestment at Middlebury College

A 16-minute video clip of a Middlebury panel discussion

Inside Climate News - Climate Change Divestment Spreads to America's Churches

A report on early efforts in religious communities on divestment - Jan. 10, 2013

NY Times - To Stop Climate Change, Students Aim at College Portfolios

College students organize on-campus divestment campaigns - Dec. 4, 2012

The Guardian - Can a Divestment Campaign Hurt the Fossil Fuel Industry

Divestment creates reputational risk for fossil fuel companies - Mar. 18, 2013

Inside Higher Ed - Fossil Fule Divestment Movement Picking Up Steam and Unlikely to Go Away

Campus-based campaigns are growing quickly - Apr. 18, 2013

Inside Climate News - Spreading Like Wildfire, Fossil Fuel Divestment Strikes a Moral Chord

Campus-based divestment spreads rapidly, emphasizes morality - Dec. 6, 2012

Hot in My Backyard

NPR's Ira Glass on Fossil Fuel Divestment with McKibben - May 17, 2013

Synod approves resolution calling for fossil fuel divestment and other strategies

United Church of Christ National meeting becomes first US denomination to vote to divest.  July 1, 2013

 

Finances, Investment and Divestment/Reinvestment

Forbes Magazine on investors profiting from renewable energy investments

Investors are profiting from a range of renewable energy investments - Mar. 20, 2012

Chronicle of Higher Education – Fossil Fuel-free Portfolio Does Not Lower Returns 

A report on the Aperio Group analysis suggesting that fossil fuel divestment does not harm returns - Jan. 29, 2013

Building a Carbon-Free Portfolio -A Report from the Aperio Group

An analysis of the impact on returns of fossil fuel divestment - Dec. 2012

Divestment Can be a Fiduciary Responsibility

An opinion piece from the Social Funds - Feb. 22, 2013

The Carbon Tracker Initiative's “Unburnable Carbon” Report

A report on the fossil fuel holdings that companies may never be able to utilize - and the "asset bubble" these may represent - 2012

Divestment and a Fossil Free Portfolio - The Green Century Fund 

Comments on the impact of divestment by investment managers - Feb. 2013

Boston Globe Op Ed - Colleges can Enjoy Returns with Efficiency Investments 

Bill McKibben and Mark Orlowski describe substantial financial returns from the retrofitting of facilities - Nov. 13, 2012

The Guardian - Univ. of Oxford to Identify Stranded "High-Carbon" Assets

An article describing research to identify companies, including fossil fuel companies, whose value would shrink substantially in a low-carbon future - Feb. 11, 2013

The Economist - Unburnable Fuel

An article describing the various tensions and layers of thinking on the value of fossil fuel companies and the financial implication of potential climate change policies - May 4, 2013


Critics of Divestment 

Problems with the Math, by Christian Parenti, Contributing Editor, The Nation, in The Huffington Post - Nov. 29, 2012

Doing the Math Better, by Christian Parenti, Contributing Editor, the Nation, in The Nation - Dec. 5, 2012

Is Divestment The Only Solution to Climate Catastrophe, by Tim Brennan, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Unitarian Universalist Association - Feb. 26, 2013

Oil and Gas Stocks are High Performers in College Endowments, from the American Petroleum Institute - Jan. 23, 2013

Cornell President Skorton - Divestment: a Complicated Issue for Universities - Apr. 15, 2013

 


     

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