Discussion on divestment from fossil fuels Sept. 16 | TheUnion.com

Discussion on divestment from fossil fuels Sept. 16

Residents can learn “Creative Resistance to Climate Change: The Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuels” at an upcoming program on the growing movement to divest from fossil fuels. The Nevada County Climate Change Coalition will host the gathering on Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, at 246 South Church St. in Grass Valley.

The presentation, free and open to the public, will include suggestions and resources that can help people divest from coal, oil, and gas companies as individuals and as organizations.

Featured speakers Rondal Snodgrass and Sharon Delgado will begin with an overview of the fossil fuels divestment movement and, as Sharon Delgado explained, “the rationale behind this creative form of resistance to runaway climate change.”

Certified as a Land Counselor by California Coastal Conservancy and Trust for Public Land, Snodgrass founded Sanctuary Forest and served as Executive Director from 1987-2000. He is a co-founder of Northcoast Regional Land Trust, serving Humboldt, Trinity, and Del Norte counties since 2000 in Northern California. He has been a primary consultant for several North Coast California conservation projects from 2000 to 2014. Working with private landowners, non-profits and public agencies, his leadership and involvement have helped create more than 75,000 acres of protected and conserved forestlands, farmlands, streams and rivers, with investments of multiple millions of dollars by public and private funds.

Sharon Delgado is a United Methodist clergywoman and Executive Director of locally-based Earth Justice Ministries. She is working with Fossil Free UMC, a coalition of United Methodists around the country that are urging the denomination’s General Board of Pensions to divest from companies whose core business is the extraction and sale of coal, oil and gas. Reverend Delgado receives a pension for her years of ministry and wants the Board of Pensions in which she is invested to “practice what they preach.” The United Methodist Church has acknowledged the reality of climate change for over 25 years.

The Nevada County Climate Coalition is an ad hoc group of local organizations and individuals concerned about the effects of climate change locally and around the world. General meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains in Grass Valley. All are welcome to attend.

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