Forum Focuses on Using Personal Investments to Increase Renewable Energy
Though many of us regularly save money in our RESPs, RRSPS, Tax-Free Savings and term deposits, we don’t always know where the money is being invested. Most of these investments are connected with fossil fuels.
On Tuesday, February 2 from 7 to 9 p.m., come and learn about how to re-engage with your money in the second of a three-part series on fossil fuel divestment/investment. The forum will be held in the new Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room in the restored Railroad Station at the foot of Baker Street.
Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome.
“The message is clear that we need to move rapidly from fossil fuels to clean energy. In addition to reducing our individual carbon footprint and being active politically, our personal finances can help facilitate this transition,” says organizer Laura Sacks.
Montana Burgess of West Kootenay Eco-Society will MC the event and provide a brief summary of her experience at the Paris Climate summit.
This will be followed by Trish Nixon (via skype) of CoPower who will discuss their new Green Bonds.
“Our goal is to empower everyone to invest in a clean energy future,” says Nixon. “The market for clean energy is booming, and our simple Green Bond helps you maximize your returns, diversify your investment portfolio and build more clean energy in communities across North America.”
Finally, a panel of local financial advisors including Claire Hallam of Investors Group and Peggy DeVries of Edward Jones will summarize typical procedures they offer when clients wish to invest in renewable energy and divest from fossil fuels. There will be opportunities to ask questions of the panel.
“People are wondering how to put their money where their hearts are so we can move toward a more secure future,” says organizer Madelyn MacKay. "When I learned that the lack of capital investment is holding back the implementation of renewable energy, I wondered if our Nelson community could lead the way, asking our financial institutions to make the switch to fund renewables. Our hope is that this forum will start a community conversation among the public and financial community, so that Nelson can lead the way in the transition to the renewable energy era.”
Please plan to arrive early as seating is limited to 60. The event is co-sponsored by Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College, West Kootenay EcoSociety, the local chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce, and the Nelson and District Credit Union.
For more information, please contact Madelyn MacKay at 250.505.4122 or Laura Sacks at 250.399.4313.