|Fwd: An LTE on Divestment||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)|
|Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2014 22:02:42 -0800 (PST)|
Another brick in the wall about divestment from a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Perhaps he's more persuasive than I. (Terry Hokenson is a fellow Spark who works with MN350 and MN Interfaith Power & Light. Getting to know people like Terry - a great guy - was another reason I recommended that folks in MUUSJA/CCC participate in the Spring Be the Spark workshp series. The second session meets this Sunday, March 9, so there's still time to sign up and join in.) Scott Jackson sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Terry Hokenson <twhokwindsun [at] gmail.com> Date: Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM Subject: An LTE on Divestment To: mn350-tar-sands-team [at] googlegroups.com I thought this LTE from the Quaker publication, *Friends Journal*, gave a concise argument for divestment in response to a common criticism against it. >From a LTE regarding divestment and climate change: "I am a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, an organization that is very active with climate change issues, and which is also trying to deal with this divestment problem. I think it is important to understand the reasoning and purpose behind this effort. We would like to be guilt-free and refrain from profiting from the damage being done to the Earth, to the human race, and to other life on the planet. However, we turn on our cars every day; we heat our homes with fossil fuels; and we continue to waste at a prodigious rate. Pointing the finger at the fossil fuel companies could be seen as somewhat hypocritical and disingenuous. "However, these companies have been guilty of lying about the scientific evidence behind this problem, and they are damaging our political process with money and poisonous misinformation. So I think it is both important and reasonable for organizations that are speaking out on climate change to divest themselves of fossil fuel company securities, however symbolic and technically difficult the action may be. "It is one way we can try to move past the debate over what is happening to our world and to focus on what we can do about it." Glenn Thomas Louisville, Ky Friends Journal, Jan. 2014, p. 4 Terry Hokenson
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