Do you want Austin to join NYC, LA, Boulder, and other cities and countries around the globe to declare a CLIMATE EMERGENCY? Then come to City Hall on 8/8 and speak out in support of Item #78. Text of resolution is here: https://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=324055
Make sure your council member is going to vote in support of the Resolution. Not sure who your council member is? Click here to find out: http://www.austintexas.gov/GIS/CouncilDistrictMap/ You can also email all of Council, including the mayor, here: http://austintexas.gov/email/all-council-members
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Some suggested Talking Points:
* We want a resolution with teeth, not an aspirational document! The City Manager is going to need a team dedicated to the development of a Master Emergency Plan with Milestones. The resolution currently reads more like a task list for the City Manager.
* Ask Council to direct the City Manager to establish a transparent process for monitoring and assessing the financial risks posed by the climate crisis, including investment risks for the three City employee pension funds.
* Ask Council to direct each of the three pension funds to provide data to Council in an open format which is to be made publicly available for independent review and analysis.
* Ask that the language of the resolution reflect the urgency of the climate crisis. Use of the term “climate change” no longer captures the climate emergency.
* Please feel free to draft your own talking points!
A key aspect of addressing the climate emergency is divestment from the fossil fuel industry. 350 Austin would like to have that be a part of the City’s #ClimateCrisis resolution. Consider using something like the following when making your statement:
“Be it further resolved that Council directs the City Manager to ask the City’s three pension funds to provide data on their investments in an open format that can be published on the City’s open data portal to allow the community to be able to analyze the fossil fuel portion of those investments.”