• Divest Now!
    The number one threat to human existence and the quality of life is climate change. We are undergoing the most rapid change in biodiversity since the extinction of the dinosaurs (65 MYA). Roughly 150 species are lost everyday because of human activities. This is a mass extinction event happening silently around the world. Do we not value what the Earth has given us? It has given us life, the materials for creativity and innovation, and through evolution a complex brain that is the only product of the known universe that can consciously recognize and study...the universe. The human species relies on the world's ecosystems for our air, food, and water, yet we are casually decimating every ecological system on Earth by continuing to extract and burn fossil fuels. If fossil fuel corporations are able to continue to have their way, we are going to lose our civilization. Antartica's glacial melt is growing exponentially. The average world temperature has already risen 1 degree celsius and the damage is catastrophic. 2003 France/West European heat wave (kills 70,000 people, that was only with a 0.8 C change), 2015 Superstorm Sandy, the largest coral bleaching in recorded history, the polar vortex in 2014 and 2015, the California drought, and worldwide coastal flooding are all side effects of this warming. The world temperature will rise another 1/2 degree celsius even with immediate action. Without action, the warming reaches 2 degrees celsius by 2036. Climate analysts say the door to keep the 2 degrees C change from occurring closes in 2017. A 2015 study by the University of Florida states that based on current CO2 levels in the atmosphere, we are in for a 5-9 meter rise in sea levels no matter what. The majority of the world's most populace cities are situated along the coastline, with a rise of sea level so great they will be submerged. And where do all of those who are displaced go? The hundreds of millions of people around the world? Civilization will collapse. We have already seen this in the Syrian civil war, the first civil war caused by climate change (5 years of no rain). And the 2 degrees are just an average. In the poles the temperature increase is greatly exaggerated, as well in Africa. The agricultural systems in Africa would cease to exist. In order to save the Greenland ice-sheet we would have to cut emissions by 80% before 2020. This is not possible, especially when the fossil fuel industry is continuing to expand and has the profit motive to do so. Educational institutions around the country have already begun to divest from the fossil fuels industry, making inroads to erode the profit of carbon based fuels. The effectiveness of the divest movement was demonstrated against apartheid in the 80s and was one of the main reasons apartheid in South Africa was unraveled. When fossil fuels companies are finally held accountable for the external social costs of burning fossil fuels, a clear pathway to clean renewable energy can be made. A path that creates jobs and grows a clean economy. Let us follow in the footsteps of Germany and other modern countries and make the switch. This is the most difficult problem in the history of human existence and it is our generation that must solve it before it is too late. Let the University of Florida lead the way by setting this benchmark for other institutions across the country to follow. Let our slogan hold more meaning. It's great to be a Florida Gator.
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    Fossil fuel divestment takes the fossil fuel industry to task for its culpability in the climate crisis. By naming this industry’s singularly destructive influence and by highlighting the moral dimensions of climate change we hope that the fossil fuel divestment movement can help break the hold that the fossil fuel industry has on our economy and our governments. Fossil fuels continue to be a bad financial choice as well. We recognize that Cal Poly cannot create a future for their students while also supporting this destructive industry.
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  • Divest Deakin University From 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, floods and cyclones, which impacted hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country hundreds of billions of dollars. 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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  • Divestera Linköpings universitet
    --English below-- Linköpings universitet förvaltar just nu runt 55 miljoner kronor i olika stiftelser, där delar är investerade i fossila företag. Dessa pengar förvaltas enligt en placeringspolicy där det är reglerat vad som är tillåtet och vad som inte är tillåtet att investera i. Det är placeringspolicyn universitetet måste ändra för att lova att de inte ska investera fossilt igen. Att divestera är ett tydligt ställningstagande för hållbarhet och en insats för att försvaga en industri som har alldeles för stort inflytande i vårt samhälle. Det innebär ett ställningstagande som förändrar normer, attityder, och som klipper det sociala band som vi har som samhälle till fossilindustrin. Linköpings universitet håller ett högt tonläge i hållbarhetsdebatten, vilket vi anser är oförenligt med att göra vinst på fossila bränslen och den förstörelse det driver. Universitetet har visat intresse och vilja för att divestera, och vi tycker att det är hög tid att detta genomförs. När Parisavtalet skrevs på så lovade Sverige att vi ska göra allt vad vi kan för att hålla oss under 1,5 graders uppvärmning. I detta arbete bör Linköpings universitet visa ledarskap och det minsta vi kan göra är så mycket som möjligt. Tack Linköping University is now managing around 55 million SEK for different trusts, where parts are invested in fossil fuel companies. This money is being managed according to an investment policy, where it is regulated what the university can and can not invest in. The policy is what needs to be changed for them to promise not to invest in fossil fuels again. To divest is a clear stand for sustainability and a step towards weakening an industry that has a too big an influence in our society. It is a stand that changes norms, attitudes, and that cuts the social bond that we have as a society to the fossil fuel industry. Linköping University has a very high high profile in the sustainability debate, which we think is not compatible with making profits from fossil fuels and the destruction it pushes. The university has shown an interest in divesting and we think it is about time that it happens. When the Paris Agreement was signed, Sweden promised that we would do whatever we can to stay below 1.5 degrees Celcius of global warming. As a part of this work Linköping University should show leadership and the least we can do is as much as possible. Thank you.
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  • Divest UNL
    Divesting from fossil fuels is important because it shows discontentment with the exploration and expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. With recent annual temperatures being higher than ever recorded, there needs to be a reinvestment in the energy sector. The University of Nebraska can and should be invested in areas that represent the values of an institution. Fossil fuels and the associated pollution do not represent the values of the University of Nebraska and especially not the state of Nebraska. Fossil fuels do not represent "The Good Life". There is no reason the state of Nebraska cannot invest more heavily in renewable energy with neighboring Iowa generating nearly 30% of its electricity from renewable sources.
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  • NSHE: Divest from Fossil Fuels Now!
    We're all part of institutions that ought to be looking out for the public good, from governments at all levels to higher learning institutions and many other kinds of public and non-profit institutions. Many of these institutions invest money in stocks and bonds, and therefore have a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s diminishing the quality of our future and to reinvest in solutions that protect our future. Even as more extreme weather events along with escalating climate change effects threaten our environments and safety, not enough action is being taken to responsibly address the seriousness of these challenges. We have the solutions, but we won’t see truly effective progress on the issue until we can further weaken the power of the fossil fuel industry and support clean energy and sustainable alternatives. Divestment not only makes financial sense with dying industries, but in this case it also makes moral sense as a means to ameliorate the worst effects that climate change will surely bring. For more information on divestment, please see: http://gofossilfree.org/what-is-fossil-fuel-divestment/
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  • University of Sheffield for Fossil Free Research
    Fossil fuel companies are driving and profiting from the climate crisis and the havoc it is wreaking to the lives of the world's most vulnerable people. The University has committed to financial divestment, but this is not enough. By severing its research links with the fossil fuel industry, the University can become fully fossil free and most effectively revoke the social license it affords to fossil fuel companies to perpetuate climate chaos and stop contributing to the production of co2lonial knowledge used to extract fossil fuels itself.
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    As global citizens we question the moral implications of profiting from the fossil fuel industry. The impacts of climate change are disproportionately affecting minority populations of race and class, as well as those who have contributed least to global warming.
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  • Divest Occidental College From Fossil Fuels
    We must divest if we are to regain our integrity as an institution. Occidental College prides itself on being a liberal arts institution that shapes citizens who will contribute to and better the world society. Therefore, it should not be harming our environment and society through financial support of the fossil fuel industry. Climate change is real. 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. If we do not fully commit ourselves to substantive action as individuals, as institutions, and as a society, climate change will accelerate and intensify on an unprecedented scale. Colleges and universities are unique in the abundant wealth they hold in social, intellectual, and financial capital. This makes these institutions better suited than any other entity to lead our society toward a more just and sustainable future. We have a duty to apply our intelligence and creativity to the enduring problems of our civilization, which include climate change. In its mission statement, Occidental College calls on its students to gain a "deeply rooted commitment to the public good." It would be hypocrisy for the college not to pursue the same goal. Despite using environmental sustainability to enhance its brand, Occidental College backs the destructive fossil fuel industry through its investments. This lack of integrity is unacceptable. If Occidental is to fulfill its mission and uphold its values as an institution, it must divest from fossil fuels. If our open-minded and reputable college cannot divest from the destructive fossil fuel industry, then who will? To regain its integrity, Occidental must divest. In doing so, we will set a moral standard that other institutions will be inspired to live up to.
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  • Reinvest USF
    The impacts of a warming planet have been made evident in the past year by record breaking temperatures, alarming projections of future sea-level rise, and links between drought, rising tensions in the middle east, and the ongoing refugee crisis. Experts agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic climate disasters. The poorest and most vulnerable will experience the effects of this changing climate first and most dramatically. The scientific consensus is clear and overwhelming; we cannot safely burn even half of global fossil-fuel reserves if we want to keep warming at or below a level that has deemed safe by world leaders and the scientific community. The companies that hold these reserves spend incredible amounts of money every year funding climate change denial and lobbying our elected officials to not enact legislation that would hasten the transition from fossil fuels to renewables. Therefore, it is impossible for USF to avoid hypocrisy if they continue to invest in an industry that's business plan runs counter to the university's moral conscience and values. Let's follow our peers who have divested at Stanford University, Georgetown University, the University of California system, San Francisco State University, California's state pension fund, Norway's sovereign wealth fund, and hundreds of other institutions whose total value exceeds $3 trillion dollars. The example set by these institutions demonstrates that USF can divest from fossil fuel companies without negatively affecting returns on its endowment. As public pressure to confront climate change builds, we call on University of San Francisco to immediately freeze any new investment in fossil-fuel companies, and to divest within five years from direct ownership and from any commingled funds that include fossil-fuel public equities and corporate bonds. We believe such action on behalf of USF will not only be a sound decision for our institution’s financial portfolio, but also will further align the university's actions with its values. Please follow us on social media: https://www.facebook.com/reinvestusf/ https://twitter.com/reinvestusf
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  • SUNY Albany Invests in a cleaner future
    If we are serious about addressing the climate crisis, we must slash our consumption of fossil fuels, and that means a lot more than using fluorescent light bulbs and lowering our thermostats.Put simply, it is nearly impossible to function in our culture without relying heavily on fossil fuels. The fossil fuel industry has maintained a stranglehold on our way of life not because of consumer choice, but because consumers are effectively given no other choice. Climate change should be solved not by expecting individuals to make choices that are hardly within their power to make, but by challenging the structures that are at the heart of the climate crisis.
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  • Divest UC From Fossil Fuels
    In UC's strategic plan one of the three main objectives is: "to contribute to the building of fair, prosperous and sustainable communities which are respectful of their Indigenous past and committed to redressing disadvantage." It is well known that Indigenous communities are some of the worst hit by the impacts of climate change, so for the university to achieve their objective it is vital to divest from fossil fuels. In order to contribute to the building of sustainable communities, we our selves must become one. UC proudly speaks of Adam Verwey, former student and president of the UC Student's Association, who was involved in the start up of fossil free superannuation company Future Super. They hang posters of him and his achievements around the university. With this in mind it makes zero sense that we are still invested in fossil fuels. UC needs to step up and become a leader on this issue and move on from the past of fossil fuels. Together we can put this issue on the agenda of our Vice Chancellor and the university board, and make our university fossil free.
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