“Do your little bit of good where you are;
it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
– Desmond Tutu

 

 

Why Divest?

The main culprit of climate change is fossil fuels. Divesting from the fossil fuel industry takes away​ its social license to operate.  And reinvesting those funds in renewable energy furthers progress toward a safer climate and a sustainable future.

Become part of the solution: join the growing number of individuals across 76 countries who have pulled their money out of oil, gas, and coal companies.

Start with the resources below and consult a qualified financial advisor.

 

Resources

Fossil Free Funds
– Search for mutual funds from your investment portfolio to see if they are fossil free (FossilFreeFunds.org)

As You Sow
– A non-profit leader in shareholder advocacy, promoting environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies.

“At last, divestment is hitting the fossil fuel industry where it hurts”
– 12/16/2018 Op-Ed Article by 350.org founder Bill McKibben re: trillions of dollars of investments are being taken out of carbon-intensive companies (The Guardian)

“Investment Funds Worth Trillions Are Dropping Fossil Fuel Stocks”
– Article re: ongoing increase in fossil fuel divestment by fund managers and investors (New York Times)

How to Divest/Invest
– In-depth divestment guides for organizations and individuals (DivestInvest)

Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment
– Financial advisor look-up, mutual fund / ETF performance charts, and more (USSIF)

 

‘Fossil Fuel Free Investing’ by Pekin Hardy Strauss / Appleseed Capital

At our July 2020 Monthly Meeting, our friends from Pekin Hardy Strauss / Appleseed Capital (a Chicago-based Certified B Corporation focused on Sustainable Investing), provided a presentation on the current state of fossil-fuel-free investing.

To learn more, watch the recording and download the presentation slide deck from the meeting.

 

350 Chicago – 2018 Personal Divestment Presentation Series

Slideshow from July 14, 2018 – ‘Intro to Personal Divestment’

Slideshow from August 4, 2018 – ‘Better Personal Banking and Credit Cards’

Slideshow from October 10, 2018 – ‘Going Fossil Fuel Free with Your Invesments’

 

(350 Chicago is not affiliated with the investment industry and cannot provide direct financial advice.  Always research your investment options carefully and work with a qualified financial advisor.)