5.. Madison’s Mayor Endorses Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin has joined other mayors from around the country in advocating for the city of Madison to steer clear of investing any city funds in fossil fuel industries, and said he intends to introduce a resolution that encourages the Madison Metropolitan School District, Dane County, the University of Wisconsin, the State of Wisconsin, and other local governments to join the City in these efforts and divest their own holdings from fossil fuel companies.

In a news release posted on the city’s website last week “Mayor Soglin Urges Madison to Continue Divestment from Fossil Fuels”, the mayor says the fossil fuel divestment movement has already spread to 300 colleges and universities and is spreading to faith communities as well. Last November, Mayor Mike McGinn in Seattle became the first mayor in the country to commit to keep city funds out of the fossil fuel industry and look into ways to divest the city’s pension fund.

The divestment campaign is coordinated by a coalition of groups led by 350.org, an international climate campaign headed by author Bill McKibben who spoke in Madison last November. The effort is modeled on the 1980s divestment campaigns that targeted investments in apartheid South Africa.

About Mike Neuman

Environmentalist; Father; Senior Citizen; Husband, Former School Crossing Guard for City of Madison; Bike to Work Advocate; Animal/Children/People Lover (in general); Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Madison, Wisconsin, Anti-long distance travel (via fossil fuel burning); Against militarism in any form; Strong believer in people everywhere having the right to speak their minds openly, without any fear of reprisal, regarding any concerns; for those in authority to listen attentively AND, as warranted, ACT AS NECESSARY AND IN A TIMELY MANNER TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE those concerns; Lover of music, especially live music, music by: David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young; John Prine; Steve Goodman; B.B. King; Eric Burton; Gracy Slick, Carol King;John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr; Bob Dylan; Lightfoot; Mark Knoffler; Richard Thompson; Elvis Presley; Tom Petty; Willie Nelson, Others too numerous to mention.

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