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Guardian Media Group DIVESTING From Fossil Fuels- Reallocating Funds To More Sustainable Investments


The corporate world is increasingly waking up to its responsibilities when it comes to investments in fossil fuels or other industries threatening the environment.

Guardian Media Group is no exception. The board, which I chair, recently signed up to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment initiative. This week, it has taken a bold decision to go further: to step up engagement with fund managers on critical topics, including climate change; to increase our exposure to environmental, social and governance (ESG) managers; and, in the medium term, to divest from fossil fuels. These initiatives will ensure that the company behind the Guardian, the Observer and theguardian.com will adopt investment policies that formally recognise the importance of ESG factors in improving overall sustainability.

All of these issues will no doubt surface at the UN climate change summit in Paris in December. But we cannot wait for exhortations from an inter-governmental meeting before making the right choices concerning our £800m investment portfolio.

We are not doing this because it makes good headlines. We are doing it because it makes good business sense
Editorially, the Guardian has led the way in highlighting the threat posed by global warming. Our award-winning journalism, reaching an international audience of millions, has helped set the agenda on the dangers of unrestrained fossil fuel extraction.

Following an independent review, the board of Guardian Media Group has now begun reallocating our £800m of funds to more sustainable investments. As the world’s biggest single fund to divest from fossil fuels we will encourage other businesses to follow suit.


Disciples Of Christ Church Says NO To Indiana

Indiana will lose Disciples of Christ convention over religious freedom law

Last week, leaders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), which is based in Indianapolis, wrote Gov. Mike Pence (R) urging him to veto the proposal. The Disciples of Christ once supported a 22-year-old federal Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, though the specifics of Indiana’s law have become divisive.

Indiana’s new law would prohibit the government from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion, unless it can demonstrate that the burden has a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering the compelling governmental interest. Supporters say Indiana’s measure supports religious liberty while opponents fear it could open up grounds for people to decline services for same-sex weddings.

Church leaders say have agreed to move their 6,000-person General Assembly because of concerns that some members “might experience legally sanctioned bias and rejection once so common on the basis of race.” The move reflects a larger push in the state and across the nation to use business to pressure state leaders on the issue.


“As a Christian church, we are particularly sensitive to the values of the One we follow – one who sat at (the) table with people from all walks of life, and loved them all,” the letter states. “Our church is diverse in point of view, but we share a value for an open Lord’s Table.”


Robert Reich: The rich don’t work anymore — working is for poor people

In reality, a large and growing share of the nation’s poor work full time — sometimes sixty or more hours a week – yet still don’t earn enough to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

It’s also commonly believed, especially among Republicans, that the rich deserve their wealth because they work harder than others.

In reality, a large and growing portion of the super-rich have never broken a sweat. Their wealth has been handed to them.


That widening inequality — combined with the increasing numbers of people who work full time but are still impoverished and of others who have never worked and are fabulously wealthy — is undermining the moral foundations of American capitalism.


GOP: April Fools Day

Brilliant Anti-fraking Demo

Published on Mar 25, 2015

Nebraska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission hearing on an out-of-state company's application to export its toxic fracking wastewater into Nebraska, moving 80 truckloads carrying 10,000 barrels per day of pollution destined to be dumped into a disposal well in Sioux County — transferring all the risk onto Nebraska farmers and ranchers.

Watch This Guy's Brilliant Anti-fraking Demo

by Spocko

This is the most straight-forward and powerful video I've seen in awhile.

It's from a hearing on shipping fracking wastewater to a well in Sioux County Nebraska.

The lack of slickness helps. The crappy camerawork adds to the authenticity. I'd like my friends at various non-profits and activists to watch this to see what was done right.
The speaker knew his audience. Not only the commissioners, but the people in the room and in the community. He was not an outsider. He looked like them, dressed like them and talked like them.
He addressed the concerns of both sides before his demo
He made a powerful visual case with common items people knew
He made an emotional appeal and had an intellectual back up. This is for the people who say they only decide based on "facts," to rationalize their emotional decision.


"Give Her A Chance": Elizabeth Warren wants America to hear Hillary Clinton out.

Elizabeth Warren wants America to hear Hillary Clinton out.

Appearing on NBC’s “Today” on Tuesday to promote her new book, the Massachusetts senator said that the former Secretary of State deserves an opportunity to demonstrate how she plans to help the middle class if she decides to run for president.

“I think we need to give her a chance to decide if she’s going to run and to lay out what she wants to run on,” Warren said. “I think that’s her opportunity to do that.”


“I’m not running and I’m not going to run,” Warren said. “I’m in Washington and I’ve got this great job and a chance to try and make a difference on things that really matter.”


Indiana Shut Down Its Rural Planned Parenthood Clinics And Got An HIV Outbreak

Scott County, Indiana, the center of an exploding HIV outbreak, has been without an HIV testing center since early 2013, when the sole provider -- a Planned Parenthood clinic -- was forced to close its doors. The clinic did not offer abortion services.

The Scott County clinic and four other Planned Parenthood facilities in the state, all of which provided HIV testing and information, have shuttered since 2011, in large part due to funding cuts to the state's public health infrastructure. Those cuts came amid a national and local political campaign to demonize the health care provider. Now, the state is scrambling to erect pop-up clinics to combat an unprecedented HIV epidemic caused by intravenous drug use.

The fact that Scott County was "without a testing facility until a few weeks ago is a glaring example of the kind of public health crisis that results when prevention and testing are left unfunded," said Patti Stauffer, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky's vice president for public policy.

Indiana's GOP-led state legislature was one of the first to declare war against Planned Parenthood in 2011, when it passed a bill that defunded the family planning provider because some of its clinics offer abortion services. A federal judge later blocked that law from going into effect, but the state has continued to slash various sources of funding to Planned Parenthood at a time when the cost of operating a medical facility continues to rise.


Mandatory Church Attendance

& btw:

Stephen King re: Indiana Religious Freedom Law "You can frost a dog turd-but it's still a dog turd."


Here’s the front page of today’s Indianapolis Star:

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