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DivestNY Media Conference
As students, teachers, and our communities return to school amidst a global pandemic and increasingly disastrous fossil-fueled climate disasters, New Yorkers are escalating the demand for State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to act on his fiduciary responsibility to divest New York State’s Common Retirement Fund (NYS-CRF) from coal, oil, and gas once and for all. The proposed Fossil Fuel Divestment Act now has more than 97 sponsors in the state Assembly and Senate.

This is is a Virtual press call releasing a letter signed by 1100+ academics demanding New York State legislators fully divest the $198 billion state pension fund from fossil fuels.

* Dr. Farhana Sultana, Associate Professor of Geography, Syracuse University; Research Director for the Program on Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

* Dr. Bob Howarth, David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology & Environmental Biology, Cornell University

* Dr. Rebecca Bratspies, Professor of Environmental Law, CUNY School of Law

* Bill McKibben, 350.org co-founder and Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College

* Katie Sims, Cornell University Class of 2020 Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and Sustainability, member of Climate Justice Cornell.

* Moderator: Hridesh Singh, Executive Director, New York Youth Climate Leaders, Freshman WIlliams College

This comes as communities experience cascading and accelerating fossil-fueled climate disasters: from fires in California to Colorado and deadly heat waves, to a barrage of hurricanes hitting the Gulf and East Coast and flooding. Meanwhile, Exxon, a big investment of the fund, was dropped from the Dow Jones Industrial Average after a 92 year run, and coal, gas and shale companies are declaring bankruptcy left and right, putting pensioners money at risk.

Sep 10, 2020 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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