• Santa Clara University: Go Fossil Free!
    We will surpass the manageable global warming temperature threshold within 15 years if we do not take immediate action to drastically reduce carbon emissions. Fossil fuel companies contribute most egregiously to this terrifying reality. To address this issue, the divestment campaign is urging cities, schools, religious institutions, and other organizations around the world to divest from the top 200 fossil fuel extraction companies as listed by the Carbon Tracker Initiative. Santa Clara University should be the next to divest. Although the world’s wealthiest countries produce the vast majority of carbon emissions globally, the unsettling reality is that the poorest countries are the least equipped to deal with the effects of climate change. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, “even under the most conservative scenario, sea level will be about 40 cm higher than today by the end of 21st century,” which will “increase the annual number of people flooded in coastal populations from 13 million to 94 million,” mostly in already impoverished South and East Asian countries. Globally, climate change introduces the threat of food shortages, risks to households in low-elevation areas, spread of diseases, and increases in the intensity and frequency of tropical storms: tragedies that will affect the world’s poor disproportionately. Jesuit values urge us as educated and empathetic individuals to take action against this profound injustice that has already begun to afflict the world’s most vulnerable. As a leading Jesuit university, SCU strives to instill in the minds and hearts of its students the values of competence, conscience, and compassion. These Jesuit values, if genuinely practiced, compel us as globally minded citizens and engaged members of the SCU community to demand that our university becomes a leader in the fight against climate change, rather than continuing to contribute to the most formidable issue our world has ever known. For us to truly embody the “three C’s,” we feel it is imperative that our university take a definitive stand against this industry that blindly disregards the wellbeing of our world’s most vulnerable communities, while threatening the viability of a livable future for all. Divestment from these top 200 companies is a crucial step in curbing irreversible damage to our planet, and showing through action, rather than through words alone, that Santa Clara University does not support the morals and practices of these corporations. By divesting, SCU will create an avenue for long term financial stability, remain true to its core values, and continue to be a leader among Jesuit universities in sustainable action and social justice. Fossil Free SCU is a coalition of the Santa Clara Community Action Program's environmental justice club B-LEJIT (Bronco Leaders for Environmental Justice Investigating Truth) and GREEN Club. Questions? Contact: fossilfreescu@gmail.com
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  • Divest Saint Xavier University Now
    Climate change is accelerating. We are witnessing the increasing impacts of a warming planet more and more consistently; in this last year alone our country experienced record-breaking heat, droughts, and hurricanes, which impacted hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country hundreds of billions of dollars. Hurricane Sandy alone caused $50 billion in damages. Experts agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic climate disasters. The scientific consensus is clear and overwhelming; we cannot safely burn even half of global fossil-fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years.
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  • Divest World Learning from Fossil Fuels
    Two hundred publicly traded companies hold the vast majority of the world's coal, oil and gas. They currently have five times as much carbon than climate scientists believe is safe to burn. We, as Green Up SIT believe that it is wrong to profit off of the wreckage of the climate and are asking for the World Learning Board of Trustees to divest from this corrupt industry.
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  • Go Fossil Free!
    Climate change is accelerating. We are witnessing the increasing impacts of a warming planet more and more consistently; in this last year alone our country experienced record-breaking heat, droughts, and hurricanes, which impacted hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country hundreds of billions of dollars. Hurricane Sandy alone caused $50 billion in damages. Experts agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic climate disasters. The scientific consensus is clear and overwhelming; we cannot safely burn even half of global fossil-fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years.
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  • I ♥ BC Fossil Free
    It is simple: if it is wrong to destroy the planet, then it is wrong to profit from that destruction. Divesting from fossil fuel and tar sands companies supports Broward College's vision to "stand at the leading edge of technological and environmentally sound innovation." Divesting from fossil fuels also supports two of Broward College's core values: a commitment to sustainability by "ensuring efficient use of college resources while implementing fiscally sound practices and environmentally sustainable initiatives that can be modeled in collaboration with our community," and integrity "by fostering an environment of respect,dignity, and compassion that affirms and empowers all its members while striving for the highest ethical standards and social responsibility." In addition, Broward College's divestment from fossil fuel and tar sands companies also supports the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission six core values: Integrity Continuous Quality Improvement Peer Review/Self-regulation Accountability Student Learning Transparency By divesting from the fossil fuel industry, Broward College can help to discredit the fossil fuel companies so that they loose their influence over our government. By joining the growing number of education institutions, churches, towns, and states across the country, Broward College can help bring pressure to bear on government and industry to act now to slow climate change and rising sea-levels which threaten the security of our land, food supply, drinking water, health, property values and the overall future of our planet.
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  • Divest Butte Community College of Fossil Fuels
    Climate change is accelerating. We are witnessing the increasing impacts of a warming planet more and more consistently; in this last year alone our country experienced record-breaking heat, droughts, and hurricanes, which impacted hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country hundreds of billions of dollars. Hurricane Sandy alone caused $50 billion in damages. Experts agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic climate disasters. The scientific consensus is clear and overwhelming; we cannot safely burn even half of global fossil-fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years.
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  • Drew Divests
    Help us to get Drew University to join the growing number of schools divesting from fossil fuels (ie selling our investments in fossil fuel companies). In this call to action, we will discuss some of the ethical and financial reasons for divesting. Given the clear academic consensus that climate change is a calamitous reality, our tuition dollars should not be invested in businesses that contribute to this problem (at the expense of our generation as well as future ones). If Drew University truly has the best interest of its students at heart, it must not financially support industries that jeopardize our future. Thus far, Drew has placed a commendable emphasis on environmental issues. We have an Environmental Studies and Sustainability program, a sustainability office, and off campus programs dedicated to both the study of ecosystems and the disastrous impact that fossil fuels have on them. It is important that the sustainability-minded approach that characterizes our academics be manifested in the school’s financial actions as well. Moreover, as an educational institution, we should not be financially supporting businesses that have actively spread misinformation concerning climate change and other environmental issues. Specifically, fossil fuel companies have worked exceedingly hard to discredit forms of alternative energy. Not only do these investments contradict the academic nature of our university, we feel that supporting fossil fuels is fiscally irresponsible in the long run. As indicated by the points below, the growing academic consensus is that our current fossil fuel production is not financially sustainable. 1. Global conventional oil discoveries peaked in the 1970s. 2. Conventional oil production in the U.S. peaked around 1970 and has been in decline ever since. Likewise, conventional oil production has peaked in most other major oil producing countries- including Russia, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Norway. 3. New alternative sources of oil (such as Kerogen and tar sands) are expensive to obtain and not cost effective. 4. Other universities (and even some nations) are already divesting and selling their holdings in the fossil fuel industry. It is important that we divest now before the prices of fossil fuel stocks fall and we get left behind. This is a call to action in response to the challenges facing our generations. You can be a part of Drew University’s proud history of leading the way in fostering global change (as seen in our role in the anti-apartheid movement or our current efforts to embrace globalization and become one of the most international colleges in the country). This divestment movement is a rare opportunity to take significant action and meet these challenges head-on. With your support, Drew can continue leading the way. After all, what good is our education if we don’t use it?
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  • Divest Potsdam Now!
    Climate change is accelerating. We are witnessing the increasing impacts of a warming planet more and more consistently; in this last year alone our country experienced record-breaking heat, droughts, and hurricanes, which impacted hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country hundreds of billions of dollars. Hurricane Sandy alone caused $50 billion in damages. Experts agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic climate disasters. The scientific consensus is clear and overwhelming; we cannot safely burn even half of global fossil-fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years.
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  • SUSSEX UNIVERSITY DIVESTMENT CAMPAIGN - WE WON
    According to the most recent projections, the world is headed on a course to global warming of 4 degrees by the end of this century if we carry on emitting CO2 at current rates. [1] It is clear that fossil fuels are not the way forward, and that we must end our addiction to carbon and find sustainable energy alternatives before it is too late. Despite this, our governments and institutions continue to invest vast sums in companies extracting oil and gas, giving them huge public subsidies that have helped to make them some of the most profitable companies in the world. The University of Sussex is renowned as a progressive institution, and we believe that the University should lead by example and join dozens of other universities, religious institutions and local governments across the world that have already committed to investing its money ethically, and going fossil free. Collectively, we have the opportunity to send an important signal to our governments and the private sector about the urgent moral and financial imperative of phasing out fossil fuels.
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  • University of Dundee: DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS
    Dundee University’s environmental and sustainability policy statement lists using “resources efficiently to minimise our impact on the environment” among its responsibilities, and divesting from fossil fuels could certainly reduce our negative effects. While fossil fuels are limited and damaging to the environment, investing in more green industries could aid the UK in producing more sustainable energy and more viable long-term investments. The fact that anthropogenic global warming is occurring is supported by a huge number of scientific communities, and continued use of fossil fuels will exacerbate the problem. By 2011, methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide content in the air had already increased by 150%, 40%, and 20% respectively since 1750. The temperature of the oceans has increased by about 0.72 degrees centigrade between 1951 and 2012. While research in the University is producing exciting sustainable possibilities that may help us stop this increase, we feel that its investments should also reflect that intent.
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  • Greenfield Community College, Go Fossil Free!
    Climate change is accelerating. We are witnessing the increasing impacts of a warming planet more and more consistently; in this last year alone our country experienced record-breaking heat, droughts, and hurricanes, which impacted hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country hundreds of billions of dollars. Hurricane Sandy alone caused $50 billion in damages. Experts agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic climate disasters. The scientific consensus is clear and overwhelming; we cannot safely burn even half of global fossil-fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years.
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  • NTNU og SiT ut av fossil energi - nå
    For øyeblikket vet vi at SiT og NTNU tilsammen har minst 17 millioner investert i fossil energi. Den totale verdien er helt sikkert høyere siden vi er usikre på hvor mye av SiTs internasjonale investeringer som er plassert i fossilbransjen. Kampanjen er viktig av både miljømessige og økonomisk årsaker. Miljøsaken: Klimaendringene er den største utfordringen i vår tid. I september 2013 offentliggjorde IPCC sin siste rapport som slår fast at det er ekstremt sannsynlig at den observerte oppvarmingen i global temperatur siste halvdel av 1900-tallet er et resultat av menneskelig aktivitet og CO2-utslipp. En økning i global temperatur fører til påvirkninger på natur og økosystemer som truer vårt livsgrunnlag og annet liv på planeten. Tall fra Carbon Tracker Initiative viser at fire femdeler av verdens kjente ressurser av fossil energi må bli liggende i bakken hvis vi skal ha en reell sjanse for å unngå en global oppvarming over to grader. Selv de mest konservative regjeringer i verden er enige om at to grader oppvarming er for mye. Den siste rapporten fra FNs Klimapanel IPCC viser at hvis vi fortsetter utslippene som i dag, vil vi ha en økning på over fire grader fra dagens temperatur. Hvis det er galt å ødelegge klimaet er det også galt å tjene penger på at klimaet ødelegges. Økonomisaken: Investering i fossile energikilder blir stadig mer risikabelt og eksperter advarer nå om en "karbonboble". Når verdens regjeringer bestemmer seg for å regulere utslipp av klimagasser og fossilt brennstoff, får vi en situasjon hvor selskaper er tvunget til å la kull, olje og gassreserver ligge igjen under bakken, noe som vil føre til at aksjekursen deres etter hvert vil falle. I praksis er det ingen spesiell risiko ved å ikke investere i fossil energi, det er mange fossilfrie fond med samme risiko- og avkastningsprofil. Deinvestering skjer allerede nå i Norge. Skagenfondene har annonsert en reduksjon i sine fossile investeringer på 50%, og Storebrand ekskluderer nå 23 kullselskaper fra sin investeringsportefølje fordi de sier slike investeringer vil være verdiløse i fremtiden. Hvis vi trekker ut pengene fra fossile energikilder og investerer i fossilfrie selskaper i stedet, kan vi begynne på en overgang til en mer miljøvennlig, bærekraftig og ren framtid både for oss mennesker og for jorda vår. Konseptet er enkelt: ta pengene ut av fossil energi, og bruk dem på bedre ting! -------- At the moment we know that combined SiT & NTNU have at least 17 millon kroner invested in fossil fuels. The total value is very likely to be higher that this as we are unsure as to how much of SiTs international investments are in the fossil fuel industry. The campaign is important for both environmental and economic reasons. Environmental case: Climate change is the biggest issue of the day facing us and our planet. In the latest IPCC report published in September 2013, it was stated that it was extremely likely that the warming of global temperature in the second half of the last century was due to human activity, namely increased CO2 into the atmosphere from human activity burning fossil fuels. The effects of global warming are widespread and threaten our livelihoods, our ecosystem services and nature as we know it. Figures from the Carbon Tracker Initiative show that 4/5th of the world’s known fossil fuel resource base must be left untouched in the ground to have a fair chance of avoiding exceeding the 2 degree limit which even the most conservative governments in the world have agreed would be too much. Emitting at present rates will lead to a four degree temperature warming. To stay within a two degree limit, we must sharply reduce our emission levels by approximately 5% per year. If it wrong to wreck the climate then it is also wrong to profit from that wreckage. Economics case: Investing in fossil fuels is more risky and experts are now warning of a ‘carbon bubble’. When the worlds governments decide to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and the use of fossil fuels we will have a situation where businesses are forced to keep their coal, oil and gas reserves in the ground and therefore their share prices will drop significantly. Economic experts have assessed the case of fossil fuels and in reality there is nothing particularly risky in divesting from fossil fuels and there are many funds that are fossil free with the same risk profile. If we divest from fossil fuels and invest that money into ethical businesses instead then we are able to transition to a more environmentally friendly, sustainable and clean future for both people and the planet. The concept is simple - divest from fossil fuels & use the money for something better!
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