General Resources

On this page, we will be providing a wide range of resources related to fossil-fuel free, sustainable living. You may notice that this has some overlap with links listed in the “Why Divest” page. That may be the case sometimes, but having those resources here is an additional, handy way for you to browse. Apologies for the duplication. Items will be divided roughly into sections, although please be aware that many items could be easily fit into more than one section. For the sake of space, items will only be listed once, as opposed to being duplicated on this page in multiple sections.

Do you have a great book, website or other resource that you would like to share with us? Please pass it on to us using the contact form, or note it in the comments below. Check back often, as this page will be updated regularly. Thanks.

Moral/Religious /Peace and Justice Motivation for Divestment:

The Guardian: Until universities divest from fossil fuels they will undermine all they stand for. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw_cmRpBI

The Guardian: Anglican church must divest fossil fuels to cope with climate crisis, bishops say. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw692zgCE

ThinkProgress: Catholics Around The World Will Fast For Climate Action During Lent – http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwoJXxwCA

The Pope Thinks Climate Change Is a Major Threat. So Do American Catholics – http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/12/pope-francis-climate-change

Bishops call for end to fossil fuels – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30408022 (a strong call from a large, international group of Catholic Bishops)

Gods and faith versus Coal in name of climate change – http://gu.com/p/44vnq

Churches Go Green by Shedding Fossil Fuel Holdings – http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/10/16/business/international/churches-go-green-by-shedding-holdings-of-carbon-emitters.html?_r=0&referrer=

A Listing of Known Religious Divest and Reinvest Efforts – http://greenfaith.org/programs/divest-and-reinvest/listing-of-known-religious-divestment-efforts

Rabbi Preaches From Church Pulpits To Raise Awareness Of Climate Change – http://huff.to/1rs85wY

Summary of FFM Divestment Campaign Proposal at MC Canada Assembly – http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/events/Winnipeg2014/video (Thurs evening business, part 2)

US Bishops Demand Action To Prevent Climate Change – http://huff.to/1kRVb6O

Desmond Tutu: Oilsands Are ‘Filth’ – http://huff.to/1mDivna

Climate Change as a Weapon of Mass Destruction by Tom Engelhardt – http://huff.to/1kstUYA

Pope Francis: If We Destroy Creation, It Will Destroy Us – http://350orbust.com/2014/05/22/pope-francis-if-we-destroy-creation-it-will-destroy-us/

Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change, When world leaders gather in New York this fall to confront climate change, tens of thousands of people (and maybe you) will be there to demand they take action before it’s too late – Posted here: http://huff.to/1koSj1c, Article originally from here: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/a-call-to-arms-an-invitation-to-demand-action-on-climate-change-20140521#ixzz32NA9qHAA

Faith leaders need to find their voice on climate change – http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/07/faith-leaders-voice-climate-change

It’s time to Divest – http://www.canadianmennonite.org/articles/its-time-divest (editorail by Dick Benner in the Canadian Mennonite supporting divestment)

Will you sign up to be a “FossilFreeMenno’? – http://www.canadianmennonite.org/articles/will-you-sign-be-fossilfreemenno (earlier coverage of FossilFreeMenno from the Canadian Mennonite)

The Moral and Financial Case for Divesting from Fossil Fuels – http://www.kairoscanada.org/sustainability/the-moral-and-financial-case-for-divesting-from-fossil-fuels/

Pope Francis urged to back fossil fuel divestment campaign – Letter from religious groups in Australia and North America says it is ‘immoral’ to profit from fossil fuels: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/16/pope-francis-back-fossil-fuel-divestment-campaign-religions-groups

“Desmond Tutu calls for anti-apartheid style boycott of fossil fuel industry: Nobel peace prize winner calls for organisations to cut ties with industry and for investors to dump fossil fuel stocks” – http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/10/desmond-tutu-anti-apartheid-style-boycott-fossil-fuel-industry (Source: The Guardian)

Bill McKibben’s Sermon at The Riverside Church – “God’s Taunt” – http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=geIni_BwjGw

Mennonite Creation Care Network: http://www.mennocreationcare.org/

Greening Sacred Spaces – http://www.greeningsacredspaces.net

The Solutions to Climate Change are Solutions for the 99 Percent: http://opencanada.org/features/the-think-tank/interviews/the-solutions-to-climate-change-are-solutions-for-the-99/

Financial Motivation for/Action Towards Divestment

The Guardian: Fossil fuel subsidies tempt us to burn more carbon, says World Bank chief – http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw6uqXgyM

The Guardian: Fossil fuel-free funds outperformed conventional ones, analysis shows – http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw28-FmCE

Forbes Now: In Historic Turn, CO2 Emissions Flatline in 2014, Even as Global Economy Grows – http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw3bP07CA

The Guardian: Bank of England warns of financial risk from fossil fuel investments – http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw-u-FxiA

Fossil fuels: The ‘untouchable reserves’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30716664

Much of world’s fossil fuel reserve must stay buried to prevent climate change, study says – http://gu.com/p/44jzm

Fossil fuel investors risk being stranded by tougher climate rules – http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/fossil-fuel-investors-risk-being-stranded-by-tougher-climate-rules-20141202-11yvlh.html

Oil Investors at Brink of Losing Trillions of Dollars in Assets. Gore: It’s That Road Runner Moment – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-02/oil-investors-may-be-running-off-a-cliff-they-can-t-see.html

The Huffington Post Canada: Could This Be Payback Time For Big Polluters? http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwyc3k6R8

World Bank chief backs fossil fuel divestment drive – http://www.rtcc.org/2014/01/27/world-bank-chief-backs-fossil-fuel-divestment-drive/

Carbon bubble will plunge the world into another financial crisis – report — http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/apr/19/carbon-bubble-financial-crash-crisis

Why your taxes pay to make climate change worse – http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/why-your-taxes-pay-to-make-climate-change-worse-don-pittis-1.2832452

Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign Updates Its “Top 200” Target List – http://350.org/press-release/fossil-fuel-divestment-campaign-updates-its-top-200-target-list/

The World’s Top 200 Public Companies Ranked by the Carbon Content of their Fossil Fuel Reserves – http://fossilfreeindexes.com/the-carbon-underground-2014/

Worried About Falling Oil Prices? Divest and Re-Invest – http://huff.to/1s9zVJ9

Addressing Global Warming is an Economic Necessity – http://davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2014/07/addressing-global-warming-is-an-economic-necessity/?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRoluajIZKXonjHpfsX56OgpXKCylMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4FTMJhI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFS7jNMbZkz7gOXRE%3D

The Government is Still Spending Billions to Subsidize Fossil Fuels (US) – http://huff.to/1xUn8zV

The Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment – http://huff.to/TX0GqE

Climate change will cost big business dearly, report warns – http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/news/story/1.2685682

Money Men Tally Cost Of Climate Change – http://huff.to/1l6BLax

Official: Disaster Cost Quadrupled In Past Decades – http://huff.to/1mWz9yw

Shift the Subsidies – http://shiftthesubsidies.org (A detailed, interactive examination of the billions of dollars of financial subsidies from public, taxpayers funds, that the fossil fuel industry has received, and continues to receive, globally each year. Investing this money in clean, renewable energy would be a huge step towards a sustainable future.)

Climate Change Is About To Hit Your Pocketbook… Hard – http://huff.to/1kZeBnZ

Green Stock Index Rejects Natural Gas Along With Oil and Coal – http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-02/green-stock-index-rejects-natural-gas-along-with-oil-and-coal.html

Lloyd’s calls on insurers to take into account climate-change risk: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/may/08/lloyds-insurer-account-climate-change-extreme-weather-losses

New Financial Index Aims to Ease Fossil Fuel Divestment –  http://www.scpr.org/blogs/environment/2014/04/29/16496/new-financial-index-aims-to-ease-fossil-fuel-dives/

Divestment and Renewables Success

ThinkProgress: Los Angeles Just Announced Plans To Become The First Zero-Waste Big City In The U.S. – http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwqofHhSE (Article also includes a summary of the city’s renewable energy goals.)

ThinkProgress: In The Midst Of Toxic Oil Spill, Vancouver Announces It Will Go 100 Percent Renewable – http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwiYmBmCE

Guardian Media Group to divest its £800m fund from fossil fuels – http://gu.com/p/476eb

The New York Times: The New Optimism of Al Gore. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwitSc-yA (New York Times)

ThinkProgress: Hawaii: 50th State Wants To Be First To Go 100 Percent Renewable – http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwyMXW4iA

Faculty at the University of British Columbia have voted in favour of the institution divesting its existing fossil fuel holdings and forgoing further investments in companies connected with fossil fuels – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ubc-divestment-vote-calls-on-university-to-end-fossil-fuel-investment-1.2952592. Big news from UBC – over $100million of their $1.2 billion endowment is in fossil fuels, and will be divested.

ThinkProgress: 14 High-Profile CEOs Want To Rid The Global Economy Of Carbon Emissions By 2050 – http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwlJGy1yA

Financial Times: Business leaders back ambitious emissions reduction target – http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwnYyn1yA

ThinkProgress: The Health Care Industry Has A Moral Obligation To Divest From Fossil Fuels, Report Argues – http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw0YDy9xo

Will 2015 be the year hydrogen took off? – http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/15/national/will-2015-year-hydrogen-took/#.VL0zWyj8XML

2014: Riding a Rocket, Divestment Movement Gains Momentum – http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20141222/2014-riding-rocket-divestment-movement-gains-momentum

These Pedal-powered Pod Cars Travel Above City Streets, So You Can Avoid Traffic – http://m.fastcoexist.com/3039306/these-pedal-powered-pod-cars-travel-above-city-streets-so-you-can-avoid-traffic

The Guardian: Obama’s Keystone veto threat is proof that climate activism works, no matter what the ‘insiders’ say. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw3Z-k8x8 (by Bill McKibben)

Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change (New York Times) – http://huff.to/1x4V1zn

ThinkProgress: One Texas City Plans To Get Over Half Of Its Power From Renewables By 2025 – http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwk6zN1h8

Family Car Guide: How A Small German Town Became A Renewable Energy Miracle – http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwrZG11h8

Inhabitat: One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy – http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwzKD-6Ro

ThinkProgress: A New Report Says Distributed Generation Like Solar Will Double Globally By 2023 – http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw39uSzB8

Engineer Reimagines Solar Energy With Stick-On Panels: In Xiaolin Zheng’s version of the future, installing solar panels could be as simple as applying a sticker – http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/12/141203-xiaolin-zheng-emerging-explorer-solar/

Germany targeting coal plants to reach 2020 climate goals – http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL6N0TM2W720141202?irpc=932

Clean Energy Now Employs More Canadians Than Oilsands – http://huff.to/1rTyAYu, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/green-energy-sector-jobs-surpass-oil-sand-employment-total/article21859169/

Farmers Find New Cash Crop: Renewable Energy – http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/farmers-find-new-cash-crop-renewable-energy/?utm_content=bufferc2612&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels – http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/11/24/business/energy-environment/solar-and-wind-energy-start-to-win-on-price-vs-conventional-fuels.html?ref=earth&_r=0&referrer=

Poor nations go for solar, wind at twice the rate of rich ones – http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/poor-nations-go-for-solar-wind-at-twice-the-rate-of-rich-ones-20141029-11ddhq.html

Obama and Xi in emissions pledge – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-30015545

The Guardian: Glasgow becomes first university in Europe to divest from fossil fuels. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwnNKr3h8

10 Reasons to be Hopeful That We Will Overcome Climate Change – http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/30/reasons-hopeful-overcome-climate-change-solar

Big Oil’s Heirs Join Call for Action as Climate Summit Opens – http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/big-oils-heirs-join-call-for-action-as-climate-summit-opens/2014/09/21/ab27b1ce-40ea-11e4-b0ea-8141703bbf6f_story.html

Church of Sweden Ditches Fossil Fuel Investments – http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/20860

Musician Recreates Famous Waltz With The Sounds Of Wind Power – http://huff.to/1z8MvP2

Aussie Households Go Solar: Game-Changer – http://huff.to/1yZG4Oe

Canada’s Cities Lead the Way on Climate Action – http://huff.to/1A6pdLb

China wants 30 percent of government cars to be electric cars – http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2014/0721/China-wants-30-percent-of-government-cars-to-be-electric-cars (Plan to be phased in over two years.)

World Council of Churches Votes to Divest – http://gofossilfree.org/world-council-of-churches-endorses-fossil-fuel-divestment-and-encourages-its-members-to-do-the-same/ and http://350.org/press-release/world-council-of-churches-endorses-fossil-fuel-divestment/?utm_content=bufferf7800&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer and http://huff.to/1r4nUK1

Glasgow University Working Group Recommends Divestment! – http://gofossilfree.org/glasgow-university-working-group-recommends-divestment/

UK Doctors Vote to End Fossil Fuel Funding – http://www.dailyclimate.org/tdc-newsroom/2014/07/uk-doctors-divest-fossil-fuels

The Unitarian Universalist Association Joins Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement – http://www.uua.org/news/pressroom/pressreleases/296102.shtml

University of Dayton divesting coal, fossil fuel from investments – http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/06/23/university_of_dayton_divesting_coal,_fossil_fuel/1102070

UK and Germany break solar power records – http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/23/uk-and-germany-break-solar-power-records

The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate. It’s time to accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon future – http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-turning-point-new-hope-for-the-climate-20140618

Tesla puts electric car patents into public domain – http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/news/story/1.2673617

Elon Musk Takes on Climate Change With Big Bets on Solar, Battery Tech – http://mashable.com/2014/06/17/elon-musk-solarcity-batteries/

Leading Seminary Makes History With Vote To Divest from Fossil Fuels – http://huff.to/1kjHXvj

Amory Lovins: It’s Time for Humans to Reinvent Fire – http://350orbust.com/2014/05/13/amory-lovins-on-reinventing-fire/. For more information, go to http://www.rmi.org.

How Large-Scale Solar Power Can Reduce Pressure On Farm Land – http://huff.to/1jP3wb9

Major University Divests $18 Billion Endowment From Coal Companies – http://huff.to/1kLu3E8

Clean energy: Is a boom coming in 2014? http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2014/0416/Clean-energy-Is-a-boom-coming-in-2014

Old Military Base Converted To SolarShare Project: http://www.solarbonds.ca/news-events/blog/solarshare-blog/2014/04/03/old-military-base-converted-to-solarshare-project!

“Indians and Cowboys Join Together to Reject & Protect” -http://350orbust.com/2014/04/24/indians-and-cowboys-join-together-to-reject-protect/

William Kamkwamba: How I built a windmill #TED : http://on.ted.com/rrfW

This is a recent update on efforts at Goshen College to divest: http://record.goshen.edu/2014/02/29653-divestment-students-lead-movement-for-discussion

Climate Change Info/Resources

Fossil Free Canada – http://www.gofossilfree.ca/resources (look here for many great resources on climate justice, divestment/reinvestment etc.)

Lord Nicholas Stern: The state of the climate — and what we might do about it #TED : http://on.ted.com/b0TH9

What Climate Activists Can Learn From The Fight Against Big Tobacco – http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/9/climate-change-bigtobaccoenergyindustryinfluence.html

Stand Up and Be Counted on Climate Change – http://huff.to/1xg9tTq Find more info and sign your name here: http://unsdsn.org/climate-letter/

Climate Tracker – http://www.carbontracker.org

The Elephant in the Graduation Tent: Climate Change and an Uncertain Future – http://huff.to/1mzJYq3

Cities Key In Fight To Slow Climate Change, Bloomberg Says – http://huff.to/1mpZg0p

‘TIme Running Out’ as Carbon Dioxide Hits Milestone in Northern Hemisphere – http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/time-running-out-as-carbon-dioxide-hits-milestone-in-northern-hemisphere-20140527-zrp3u.html

Greenpeace USA’s new leader: ‘You don’t have to chain yourself to something’ From the Story of Stuff to heading Greenpeace USA, Annie Leonard, talks about the challenges of building the environment movement in America – http://gu.com/p/3pe8d

Naomi Klein: Addicted to risk TEDTalk : http://on.ted.com/i0FRA

IMF Pegs Canada’s Fossil Fuel Subsidies at $34 Billion – http://m.thetyee.ca/Opinion/2014/05/15/Canadas-34-Billion-Fossil-Fuel-Subsidies/ A look at what Canada (and the rest of the world, as well,) could choose in invest in instead of fossil fuels.

Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change #TED : http://on.ted.com/h0EUZ – An amazing talk on the role of desertification and the incredible role that desert reclaimation plays in combating climate change.

For more information on Allan Savory’s work, go to: http://www.savoryinstitute.com.

Climate Efforts Falling Short, U.N. Panel Says: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/14/science/earth/un-climate-panel-warns-speedier-action-is-needed-to-avert-disaster.html?hp&_r=1

Climate change report: reactions to the final instalment of the IPCC analysis:
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/blog/2014/apr/14/climate-change-report-reactions-to-the-final-instalment-of-the-ipcc-analysis

Carbon Visuals: http://www.carbonvisuals.com/ (“New York’s Carbon Emissions – In Real Time” http://www.carbonvisuals.com/work/new-yorks-carbon-emissions-in-real-time is one of their better known items, and is well worth watching.)

Gapminder: http://www.gapminder.org/ (one of many energy-related videos can be found here http://www.gapminder.org/videos/gapmindervideos/gapcast-10-energy/)

Joel Pett’s politcal cartoons, found in various places, including http://www.gocomics.com/joelpett, https://www.nytsyn.com/cartoons/cartoons?channel_id=162&page=1 and http://www.climateactionreserve.org/blog/2012/08/31/environmental-cartoons-by-joel-pett/ (The first one on this page – set at a climate conference – is one of his best-known cartoons.)

http://mccottawa.ca/miningjustice/sri

Why We Should Abolish the GDP – http://huff.to/1lnMmBW

Organizations Working on Climate Change Issues/Renewable Energy

Reep Green Solutions – http://reepgreen.ca

Transition KW – http://www.transitionkw.com

Divest Waterloo – http://divestwaterloo.ca

Mennonite Central Committee Creation Care Resources – http://mcco.ca/creationcare, http://mcco.ca/handlewithcare, http://creationcare.mcc.org

350.org http://350.org/ (Bill McKibben) – and their fossil fuel divestment campaign http://gofossilfree.org/

New Economics Foundation: http://www.neweconomics.org/ and their Happy Planet Index http://www.happyplanetindex.org/

Environmental Defense – http://environmentaldefence.ca

Bullforg Power: http://www.bullfrogpower.com/index.cfm

Climate Parents: http://www.climateparents.org/ (Based in the US, but still working on projects that are very applicable in Canada.)

Books, Videos and Other Resources

Carbon Zero: http://grist.org/carbon-zero/ (Not actually a full-length book, this mini-book has lots of ideas for sustainable living.)

Alex Steffen: The route to a sustainable future TED Talk: http://on.ted.com/trfQ
The shareable future of cities TED Talk: http://on.ted.com/b0EZB

Barbara Kingsolver – Flight Behaviour http://www.kingsolver.com/books/flight-behavior.html
– Animal, Vegetable, Miracle http://www.kingsolver.com/books/animal-vegetable-miracle.html
– Although not always directly or exclusively about climate change, Kingsolver’s books are definitely about the role that our choices and actions play in creation, whether through food or in other ways. Well worth reading.

Sustainble Living
Creation care involves more than just divestment. In this section (and sub-sections – eg the public transportation section, found below), you will find resources for sustainable living that go beyond the specifics of the divestment campaign. We hope that they will inspire you to act sustainably in all aspects of life. We also encourage you to post your successes on the “What’s Next” page, to share with others. Thanks!

Food-Related Resources

Food and Beverage Industry must act on Climate Change – http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/blog/2014/05/food-and-beverage-industry-must-take-action-on-climate-change?ecid=em_ID_LKET_0514_maynewsletter

At this Zero-Waste Grocery Store, Plastic and Packaging Aren’t Allowed – http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/05/24/berlins-getting-zero-waste-grocery-store?cmpid=tpfood-eml-2014-05-31-Morrissey

Plastic-Free/Waste-Free Living, Simple Living

The Ocean Contains Over 5 Trillion Pieces of Plastic Weighing More than 250,000 Tons – http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ocean-contains-over-five-trillion-pieces-plastic-weighing-more-250000-tons-180953576/?no-ist

The Story of Stuff Project – http://storyofstuff.org

My Plastic-Free Life – http://myplasticfreelife.com, http://myplasticfreelife.com/2013/02/giving-up-plastic-for-lent/ (giving up plastic for Lent)

Plastic Free July – http://www.plasticfreejuly.org

Benefits of Public Transportation

Transit Investments Drive Positive Change (found on David Suzuki’s website blog) – http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2014/05/transit-investments-drive-positive-change/?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRolu6jLZKXonjHpfsX56OgpXKCylMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4CSMRiI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFS7jNMbZkz7gOXRE%3D

Belgian bus company ads promoting public transportation, well-worth watching, clever and entertaining – http://350orbust.com/2014/05/24/saturday-at-the-movies-123/

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