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Tell the Irish Government to stop investing in fossil fuels!

The burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas is a major cause of climate change, which is exacerbating hunger and poverty in the developing world.

Currently the Irish Government is investing your money in some of the most polluting fossil fuel companies in the world. You wouldn’t invest your money in climate change, so why let the Irish Government?

On Thursday 19th January, a Bill proposing that the Irish State withdraws its investments from the fossil fuel industry will be debated in the Dáil.

Email your TDs now to ask them to support this crucial Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill.

Dear Deputy,

As your constituent I ask that you/your Party support the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill at its second stage debate on 19th January.

Introduced last year by Thomas Pringle TD, the Bill proposes that the NTMA Act 2014 be amended to obligate divestment by the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) of its global fossil fuel assets.

Fossil fuels are the major culprit behind the carbon emissions that are causing climate change. Climate change is already having a devastating impact on the world’s poorest people. Today, around 10 million people in Ethiopia, around twice the population of Ireland, are in need of food aid due to an El Nino drought, which has been intensified by climate change. At home in Ireland, we are also feeling the impacts of extreme weather caused by climate change.

In Paris in December 2015, governments across the world, including the Irish Government, agreed a historic deal to tackle climate change. The Paris Agreement includes a solemn commitment to keep global temperature rise well below 2°C. This commitment is our lifeline to a safe future. Expert analysis indicates that if this is to be achieved, up to 80% of known fossil fuel reserves need to remain in the ground. However, fossil fuel companies are planning to burn them all - and they are searching for even more!

A study of the NTMA Annual report 2015 indicates that the ISIF had more than €100mn invested in the fossil fuel industry. This is public money invested against the public interest. The global fossil fuel divestment movement has emerged because of the urgent need to send a clear message that fossil fuel companies cannot be allowed to proceed with their plans, and that the transition to a just and safe fossil free future must begin in earnest.

To date, at least 689 institutions, with an asset base of $5.44 trillion, have committed to divest from fossil fuels, making the movement the fastest growing of its kind in history. In the last few months, more than 10,000 people in Ireland signed a petition calling on the Government to stop investing in fossil fuels. Successful student campaigning has seen Trinity College Dublin announce its plan to divest from fossil fuels. The President of the National University of Ireland Galway is also supporting students’ call on the university to divest. This shows the increasing public concern in Ireland around the need to advance a swift and just transition to a safe, fossil free future.

Support the Bill

On 19th January, elected representatives must respond to public concern around the urgent need to keep the majority of remaining fossil fuels in the ground in order to uphold the Paris Agreement. Divesting the ISIF from fossil fuels would ensure responsible use of public money in the public interest, and would send a much needed signal from the Oireachtas of Ireland’s intentions to live up to its moral and political responsibilities on climate change.

On 19th January I urge you/your Party to support the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill.

Please attend the briefing being hosted by Thomas Pringle TD in the AV room at 3pm on Tuesday 17th to hear more about the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill.

Further information on fossil fuel divestment available here: Briefing on Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill 2017

Yours sincerely,

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Say No to Fossil Fuels

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