The Great Barrington Select Board voted unanimously to pass a “Resolution in Support of Fossil Fuel Divestment and to Address the Climate Crisis” on March 9, 2015, which supports Senator Ben Downing’s bill to divest Massachusetts state pension funds from fossil fuel investments. On February 23rd, 350MA Berkshire Node Divestment Team Coordinator Gary Stoller had presented information on the current divestment movement to the Select Board, referencing other historically successful divestment movements, such as those directed at the Apartheid regime in South Africa and at the tobacco industry in the United States.
Eleven other municipalities in Massachusetts have already passed similar resolutions, including Boston, Cambridge, Provincetown, Amherst, and Northampton.
The resolution reads, in part:
…be it resolved that the citizens of Great Barrington commit ourselves to meeting our individual and collective responsibility in the face of the increasing climate crisis by adopting energy efficiency and conservation practices; and
FURTHER, we urge our elected state officials to direct the managers of the State Pension Funds to divest the Funds of holdings in fossil fuel industries and to invest, instead, in alternative sustainable energy companies, a step consistent with the Commonwealth’s commitment to clean, renewable, green energy that does not further burden our fragile atmosphere and threaten our planet.
The unanimous decision to pass the fossil fuel divestment resolution means that the issue will be on the warrant for the Great Barrington Town Meeting in May, at which time town residents will discuss and vote upon it.
Read the Resolution HERE.