Marin Voice: Marin pension board should invest in climate change

350Marin Steering Committee member Jody Timms of Fairfax, who is also chair of the Divest-Invest Committee had a Marin Voice editorial published in the Marin IJ on June 26. Here are some excerpts. You can read the entire piece online.

We are blessed to live in a county with a rich history of environmental stewardship; we have in Marin many, many “rebels with a cause.”

350Marin is an integral part of the ever-growing local and international climate justice movement and we are adding our voice to those calling on humanity to get deadly serious about the developed world’s fossil-fueled past and present.

We are asking the community and county of Marin to join us in urgently addressing the legacy economic system that would deny us a bold, creative and life-affirming future.

Why is MCERA unwilling to take climate risk seriously?

MCERA is interested in “doing good in the world via impact investing,” but its members are not willing to say no to the world’s major coal, oil and gas companies for whom, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, obituaries are being drafted.

MCERA’s commitment to divestment would make Marin’s voice heard and influence the Bay Area air board and others beyond our shores. There is reason to be hopeful when we note the tremendous progress some regions and nations are achieving.

Let’s hope — no, let’s demand — that MCERA not leave Marin in the past and the community of Marin out tens of millions of dollars.

Future generations deserve the opportunity to carry forth Marin’s legacy of environmental stewardship.

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