Madeleine Lombard: Urges support for divesting from fossil fuel companies
To the editor:
I am a 12-year-old student at Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Haydenville, and I am greatly concerned about climate change and its effects.
I am asking readers to contact their state legislators to support Senate Bill 1225, which calls upon the state of Massachusetts to divest public funds from fossil fuel companies. Climate change is the most looming issue facing humanity, threatening us with typhoons, droughts, fires, floods, ocean acidification and the melting of polar icecaps. Though some people may deny global warming, according to NASA, 97 percent of climate scientists agree that it is real and caused by humans burning fossil fuels.
The fossil fuel industry has poured so much carbon dioxide (CO2) waste into the atmosphere that the earth has warmed by one degree Celsius, causing dramatic weather disruption already. Scientists and nearly all world leaders agree that, to be safe for human habitation, the earth must not warm above two degrees Celsius and that no more than 565 more gigatons of CO2 can be safely emitted into the atmosphere. Yet, according to 350.org, the fossil fuel industry has enough known reserves of fossil fuels — 2,795 gigatons of CO2 — to reach five times that amount of warming. They are driven by profit to pump out and burn those reserves. We should not profit from an industry that is wrecking our world. I propose that the state of Massachusetts divest from all fossil fuel companies and reinvest in clean energy such as wind, solar energy and hydro power. Please support Senate Bill 1225 so that we can do our part to slow climate change and save us from catastrophe.