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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Awardee urges investment in **thrive-ability**....kick the fossil fuel diet

"The Thomas Merton Center ( gave its annual award to environmental author and climate change activist Bill McKibben Monday evening and publicly kicked off its campaign to get Pittsburgh City Council to divest all of its fossil fuel investments. The Merton Center's campaign is an outgrowth of an international divestment campaign started a year ago by Mr. McKibben and, the global grass-roots organization he formed to combat global warming.
Mr. McKibben, who teaches at Middlebury College in Vermont, said the campaign has grown quickly. Divestiture groups have formed at 380 universities, including 10 that have moved to divest their fossil fuel holdings; several religious denominations, most prominently the United Church of Christ; and more than a dozen cities, including Seattle; Portland, Ore., and San Francisco."

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