Fossil Free St. Paul Phone Script

Here’s what you can say when you call your Councilmember – see below to read more about why this effort is important.

“Hello, I am a constituent of Councilmember ________  and my name is ________ and my address is ________ .   I want the City of Saint Paul to take action on the climate crisis and am asking Councilmember _______ to support the St. Paul Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution that will be presented at the February 10th Council meeting.  Our state pension funds are losing money by being invested in fossil fuels, and our public employees, including St. Paul public employees, are paying the price.  We need St. Paul to take a stand and tell our state leaders it is irresponsible to be investing in the industry that is fueling the climate crisis and putting our public employees and taxpayers at risk.  At least 4 Councilmembers have already expressed their support.   Thank you.”


Councilmember contact info:
Ward 1 Dai Thao: 651-266-8610 / ward1@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Ward 2 Rebecca Noecker: 651-266-8620 ward2@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Ward 3 Chris Tolbert: 651-266-8630 / ward3@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Ward 4 Russ Stark: 651-266-8640 / ward4@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Ward 5 Amy Brendmoen: 651-266-8650 / ward5@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Ward 6 Dan Bostrom: 651-266-8660 / ward6@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Ward 7 Jane Prince: 651-266-8670 / ward7@ci.stpaul.mn.us

Why is this effort important?

The city of Saint Paul should immediately call on, and use its influence to, persuade the state of Minnesota and other large institutions such as universities, religious organizations, and businesses around the metro area to divest in fossil fuels and reinvest in projects that create local jobs and support sustainable energy, like community solar. The city of Saint Paul should be working to further invest into local renewable energy projects that create local jobs and work towards energy independence within the next 15-20 years.

While the city does not have direct investment in fossil fuels because pensions of city employees are invested through the state, it is not doing enough to incentivize institutions to implement renewable energies like community solar or encourage divestment from fossil fuels.

As the most “Livable City in America” our local government has a responsibility to encourage divestment from an industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate change and create an energy independent city.

We can not count on the federal government, even as extreme weather events like the record rain fall in the Duluth area last Spring overwhelm local budgets. We have the solutions, but we won’t see any political progress on the issue until we can weaken the power of the fossil fuel industry.

The bottom line is this: divestment is the only moral choice for governments and institution’s that care about their citizens, patrons, students, or congregations. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments and other large institutions that care about their solvency. Let Saint Paul lead the way with cities like San Francisco and Seattle to end our climate crisis.