Belfast Leads in Call for MainePERS to Divest
Belfast city councilors voted on Tuesday, March 18, to ask the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS) to divest from its fossil fuel-related investments. According to Sandy Matheson, executive director of the $12.3 billion state system, Belfast is the first municipality in Maine to call for this kind of divestment. She also said that the organization for months has been developing what she called an “environmental, social and governance policy” to help guide its investment and fiscal decisions. That policy would consider environmental issues, including global warming and fossil fuels, she said. Here’s a big shout out to 350 Waldo County members who asked the city council to call for divestment! Need help asking your municipality to divest? Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Aboard for DC to Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline
We have been invited to join the Cowboy, Indian Alliance (CIA), a group of tribal communities, ranchers and farmers from along the Keystone XL pipeline route in what could be a final protest against this extra-large tar sands pipeline. 350 Mainers have said that they want to be part of the action. The questions are who among us can go to DC and how will we get there? We need you help to plan for our participation in this action. Please fill out this poll. We heard that some folks had trouble accessing the poll last time around. If this is still the case, please email Bob Shaw and let him know whether you want to go to DC or participate in a solidarity action in Maine, your name, your email, your phone, your town/zip.
Get the Facts on Fossil Fuel Divestment
Stephanie Leighton, a senior portfolio manager and research analyst at Trillium Asset Management LLC, is presenting on “Fossil Fuel Investment and Divestment: Choices for a Responsible Investor” at Bates College Tuesday, March 25. This is a great opportunity to learn from a professional in the field.The program begins at 4:30 p.m.in PGill G52, Keck Classroom. The program is free, open to the public, and sponsored by Bates Energy Action Movement (BEAM). For more info; contact Ben Breger.
Tar Sands Campaign Planning Starts Anew
With Reject and Protect Keystone XL actions in Washington, DC, and Credo Pledge of Resistance Keystone XL actions in Maine (likely in early May), this will be a busy spring and beyond for those resisting tar sands. The 350 Maine tar sands campaign is meeting to plan out campaign goals and strategy for the coming year—and we need your ideas and energy. The meeting will be on Saturday, March 29, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., location TBD. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for an email update!
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