We urge the world’s largest charitable foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to join the fossil fuel divestment movement.
Who we are: 68 WA-based faith leaders, 74 WA-based organizations, 10 of the 18 candidates for the 2015 Seattle City Council elections and over 235,000 citizens and over 1,000 health professionals from around the world.
This is a grassroots campaign. Please help fund our efforts.
“People of conscience need to break their ties with the corporations financing the injustice of climate change”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has highlighted the need to reduce annual investment in fossil fuels by at least $30 billion per year in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. Yet the world’s largest charitable foundation, the Gates Foundation, has 100s of millions of dollars invested in companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, BP, and Peabody Coal. We call upon the Gates Foundation to divest from fossil fuelsand to use their global influence to encourage the essential shift of investment capital away from the fossil fuel industry.
Why the Gates Foundation?
The Gates Foundation has done so much good work around the world: Why are they the focus of our campaign? The answer is simple: the Gates Foundation can provide badly needed global leadership on the issue of climate change.
To read a much fuller answer to the question of “why the Gates Foundation?” and many more questions, please see the full report, and visit our Frequently Asked Questions.
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We’re looking for volunteer hours and donations from individuals, organizations, universities, and everyone .
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We are also seeking endorsements from Seattle-based organizations to a letter that we will deliver to the Gates Foundation, asking them to engage with us on the topics of fossil fuel divestment and global warming. Click here to read the full text of our letter.
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We have now requested a meeting with representatives of the Foundation. Please stay tuned for updates.