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Council Approves Overture to General Assembly 2014 on Fossil Fuel Divestment


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On June 19, 2013, the Council of First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto voted to approve an overture to the 2014 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), which calls for the denomination to divest from fossil fuels.  If passed by General Assembly, the PCUSA will immediately stop any new investment in fossil fuel companies and commit to no longer holding any assets in fossil fuel companies within five years.

The next step in its journey to General Assembly is for the overture to be approved by our presbytery, hopefully sometime this fall.  Stay tuned for future updates.

The full text of the overture can be found here:  Divestment Overture to General Assembly 2014

For more information on the climate care work by First Pres, please check out the section of our website devoted to our Cool Planet Working Group.