• Set QUB Fossil Fuel Free
    Queen's University Belfast has a proud history in human rights and medical research, and is committed to becoming 'a low carbon organisation'. However, uncertainty over the extent of the University's investments in the fossil fuel industry challenges QUB's commitments to human dignity, health and the transition to a low carbon society. It is unclear to what extent QUB is invested in fossil fuels. QUB's latest annual accounts show endowment funds of approximately £52m - yet no details are publically available as to where the investments are held. A Freedom of Information request made in late 2014 asking for details has been refused and is currently under appeal. On average, 4% of UK University endowments are invested in fossil fuels, therefore a rough estimate of QUB's fossil fuel investments would be £2.1m. The ethical case for fossil fuel divestment is clear. The extraction, production and use of fossil fuels leads to untold numbers of deaths and illnesses every year; and climate change threatens the enjoyment of fundamental human rights. Climate change's effects are unfairly spread - in the words of Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson, "Climate change is a matter of justice. The richest countries caused the problem, but it is the world's poorest who are already suffering from its effects." QUB should not be investing in, or profiting from the fossil fuel industry. Divestment makes financial sense too - fossil fuel investments are 'stranded assets'. If we want to keep the planet livable, we can only afford to extract and burn a fraction of existing fossil fuel reserves. Investments in fossil fuel industries are overvalued and risky to Queen's. Fossil Free QUB is calling on the University to disclose information on its investments, commit to immediately freeze any new investments in the fossil fuel industry, and seek the complete withdrawal of any existing fossil fuel investments by 2020.
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  • Central Washington University: 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 over one fifth of global fossil-fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years. Central Washington University needs to show it cares about the future of it’s students by divesting from investments in fossil fuels. It is vital that students and alumni realize that University leadership are investing student and alumni funds in areas that are responsible to present and future generations. A students choice of a university education should not include the implicit approval of investments that harm people and all of the earth’s inhabitants. We urge you be a University that carries the ”fossil fuel free” title.
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  • Divest Curtin From Fossil Fuels
    We have reached a landmark moment in history. For the first time in over 5 million years the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has reached 400 parts per million (ppm). 97% of all climate scientists agree that climate change is human induced and argue that the highest safe concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is 350 ppm. If we want to secure a safe and livable future it is time to end the fossil fuel era and invest in renewable energy and sustainable lifestyles. We call on Curtin University 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 the University will be a sound decision for our institution’s financial portfolio because it is financially and morally unjustified to invest in assets that will become stranded and guarantee dangerous climate change. In addition it is unconscionable to pay for our education with investments that will condemn both the planet to climate disaster and current and future graduating classes to a future defined by climate chaos. For the good of our students and our nation, and to preserve the quality of life for this and future generations worldwide, we call upon you to join a growing movement of schools around the country that are committed to preventing a more extreme climate by moving Curtin University's endowment beyond fossil fuels.
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  • Divest Mills College 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, 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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  • Fossil Free Blekinge Tekniska Högskola
    Fossil Free is an international campaign to move our common assets (tax money and other resources) from investments in oil, coal and gas. According to the report, "Unburnable Carbon" from the Carbon Tracker Initiative, humanity can afford the absolute maximum a 2-degree global temperature rise. To stay below 2 degrees we can afford to emit a maximum of 565 gigatons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 2050. According to the same report, however, sits fossils industry already on gas, coal and oil wells as the extraction and combustion would cause the release of 2,795 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide, which is 5 times the scientifically designated limit. From this we can calculate that, if we want to enable our kids to live in a harmonious nature, 80% of existing fossil fuels must be left underground. The right thing to do is divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in a sustainable future.
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  • Divest Swinburne University of Technology From Fossil Fuels
    Swinburne University of Technology is committed to a sustainable, socially just and economically viable future. Climate change is not simply an environmental problem, but an issue of social justice, intergenerational equity, and the viability for future human endeavors. It is now widely understood that we cannot safely burn even one-third of global fossil fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years. We are already witnessing the increasing impacts of a warming planet more and more consistently; in the last year alone our country experienced record-breaking heat, droughts, and extreme rainfall. These events had a grave impact on hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country billions of dollars. Experts agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic climate disasters. Through its current investment portfolio, Swinburne is facilitating and profiting from the continued and expanding extraction and burning of fossil fuels, despite the harm that these practices are known to be causing to many millions of people worldwide. It is unethical and immoral for universities to be investing in, and profiting from companies that will condemn the planet to climate disaster. Therefore, we are calling on Swinburne University of Technology to divest from the fossil fuel industry. We believe divestment not only makes sense morally, but increasingly also financially, given the decrease in oil prices and associated investments and likelihood of a ‘carbon bubble’ bursting. Continued investment in companies that extract fossil fuels represents a significant risk to Swinburne as these companies will face large devaluations when the world moves to lower emission energy sources. We are concerned about Swinburne’s exposure to this financial risk. Swinburne prides itself on its innovative spirit and leadership such as becoming the first smoke-free campus in Victoria last year. We think there is a real opportunity for Swinburne to show this innovation and foresight again regarding fossil fuel divestment, leading the Australian higher education sector in embracing a path towards a feasible solution and setting a benchmark for other universities. Let's strengthen Swinburne’s commitment to sustainability and social justice by going fossil free.
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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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  • University of Glasgow Academic Support for Fossil Fuel Divestment
    The world in which the students of the University of Glasgow are to graduate into is currently threatened by the reality of climate change. Already the world is suffering the effects of 1°C rise in global average temperatures. Last year, Arctic sea-ice cover had retreated to its lowest levels since the beginning of satellite records, and the average global sea level was 1.4in above the 1993-2010 average. The world is experiencing more severe draught, wildfires and flooding, which impact the world's poorest most severely; the World Health Organisation estimates that climate change is causing at least 140,000 deaths per year. The fossil fuel industry is unequivocally driving us towards a global climate crisis, and we will not keep dangerous climate change at bay without halting our extraction of fossil-fuels. The university has both a moral and a financial duty to its students to withdraw its investments from the fossil fuel industry. The moral case is clear: if it is wrong to wreck the climate, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage. Furthermore, fossil fuels are a dangerous investment. The value of companies like Shell, BP and Chevron is based on the assumption that they will be able to dig up and sell their fossil fuel reserves. But if the world gets serious about stopping climate change, that would mean keeping 80% of proven fossil fuel reserves in the ground, and the assumption that forms the basis for these companies' value will be undermined.
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  • FOSSIL FREE LEEDS BECKETT
    The earth as a living organism is suffering from exploitation of resources, heavy industry and pollution from each of these things. In addition to environmentalist arguments that unfortunately do not persuade all, the future of oil, coal and gas in the UK is questionable. The rise of oil production in OPEC countries is dragging oil down to a price with which we cannot compete, threatening our offshore industry. In addition fracking in the US is similarly distorting the gas market prices due to increased production. Finally, it is estimated that China will run out of coal by 2030; even the worlds worst exploiters of carbon energies now realise the need for reform and divestment. Divestment is now.
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  • Claremont School of Theology: 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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  • Fossil Free Umeå universitet
    Umeå universitet är ett statligt universitet. Därför tycker vi att det är rimligt att universitetet agerar för allmänhetens bästa. Vi tycker att ett universitet bör representera ungdomar och symbolisera framtiden. Att investera pengar i och göra profit på fossila företag som Lundin Petroleum och Exxon Mobile anser vi är direkt skadligt för planeten och unga människors framtid. Dessa kampanjer är ett litet steg mot att försvaga en industri som har alldeles för stort inflytande i vårt samhälle och på vår framtid. Även om Umeå universitets kapital och inflytande nästan är försvinnande litet i ett globalt perspektiv så är en divestering ett praktiskt ställningstagande som förändrar normer och attityder som gynnar miljörörelsen. Tillsammans kan vi bilda opinion mot de fossila företagen. Vi hoppas verkligen att Umeå universitet ska hålla med oss och stödja kampanjen. Håller du med oss? Var då snäll och skriv under namnlistan tack. IN ENGLISH Umeå university is public and owned by the state. That's why we think it's reasonable that the university should act towards the best interest of the public. We think that a university should represent young people and symbolise the future. To invest capital in fossil fuel companies such as Lundin Petroleum and Exxon mobile is in our opinion a threat to the planet and to the future of young people. Campaigns such as this one take small steps towards weakening the fossil fuel industry which has far too much power and influence over our society and our future. The aim of the divestment is to change the norms of the society which would benefit from this and other environmental movements, even if the capital and influence of Umeå university is tiny in a global perspective. Together we can form public opinon that questions the fossil fuel companies. We certainly hope that Umeå university will agree with us. Do you agree with us? Please sign the petition.
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  • Make Cardiff University Divest From Fossil Fuels!
    From a Freedom of Information request, we learned that Cardiff University currently invests around two million pounds of its total endowment funds in the Fossil Fuel industry (Shell, BG Group, BHP Billiton etc). Divesting from this industry will withdraw moral support from the Fossil Fuel industry and show Cardiff University's support for a more sustainable future. Cardiff University has already divested from the Arms and Tobacco industry, and it has a number of world leading researchers working in sustainability. The Fossil Fuel industry has a disproportionate influence on government policy and independent institutions like universities through lobbying and funding. As Climate Change has been verified by 97% of climate scientists, (according to a recent IPCC report) it is essential to begin cutting political and economic ties with this industry, so that the democratic process has a chance to avert the catastrophe which we are heading towards. We are not powerless in the struggle to protect our planet from uncontrollable climate chaos, and we can use divestment as a way to send a strong political message through our institutions- including Cardiff University.
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