DENVER – On Thursday, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) met to discuss the state’s path toward meeting climate goals set by HB 19-1261 last year. New research released Tuesday of this week showed that Colorado is currently on track to miss the bill’s 2025 and 2030 emission reduction goals by a wide margin, threatening the health and safety of millions of residents.
Today Boulder County becomes the first in the nation to call on insurance companies to stop insuring and investing in fossil fuels, passing a historical resolution on climate change and insurance. The move coincides with Fossil Fuel Divestment Day (F2D2), a national distributed day of action for student fossil fuel divestment campaigns and campaigns focused on divestment across the country.
350 Colorado is running a number of campaigns focused on defunding climate disaster, including a statewide divestment campaign targeting the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), Colorado’s state pension fund. This past year, Fossil Free PERA members and 350 Colorado staff and volunteers have been calling on PERA to divest through presence at board meetings, supporting legislation in 2019 that would have required PERA to assess climate-related financial risk, and most recently meeting with PERA staff, Director and Chief Investment Officer on the issue.