Divest NY Teachers from Climate Destroying Fossil Fuels

Thomas Lee, Executive Director & David Keefe, President of the NYS Teachers Retirement System

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The climate crisis deepens with daily reports of severe weather, firestorms, and rising oceans. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that humankind has ten years left to avoid catastrophic harm and tipping points of no-return, adding that nothing short of "rapid and far-reaching transformation of our energy systems is needed."

  • It is immoral to provide financial support for or to seek to make money from an activity that is destroying the planet.
  • Divestment is a powerful statement at a time when our federal government has abdicated it responsibility to fight climate change.
  • Continued investment in fossil fuels puts the fund at risk. The world has committed to transition to renewable energy.
  • Students have taken to the streets demanding climate action. The fund must support the students in their goal for a sustainable future.
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To: Thomas Lee, Executive Director & David Keefe, President of the NYS Teachers Retirement System
From: [Your Name]

We call on the New York State Teachers Retirement Fund to stop funding climate destruction and divest its funds from all fossil fuels. The pension fund is for our future. Let's use it to create a sustainable future for our retirement and for our students.