• Divest MDC 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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  • To South Seattle College
    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 $50bn 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. As public pressure to confront climate change builds, we call on South Seattle College to immediately freeze any new investment in fossil-fuel companies, and to divest within two 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 South Seattle College will not only be a sound decision for our institution's financial portfolio, but also for the wellbeing of its current and future graduating classes, who deserve the opportunity to graduate with a future not defined by climate chaos. Our community has spoken loud and clear as we've already seen other local entities in the University of Washington and the City of Seattle divest while hundreds of loyal citizens express their frustration at the Port of Seattle for allowing Shell to dock in our waters. It’s up to academia like South Seattle College to lead the way for it’s community and be an example of how educational institutions are bettering the planet and our future- not investing in its failure.
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  • Make Palawan, Philippines Coal-Free
    We, the Concerned People of Palawan and supporters, implore your good heart to listen to our pleas to stop the construction of coal-fired power plants, specifically, DMCI's project, in Narra, Palawan. We do not want the use of fossil fuels in our province now or in the future. Our opposition to the coal-fired power plants is not brought by sentimental reasons or fear of change. Our opposition is backed by worldwide experience and science that coal-burning power plants are the biggest source of carbon emissions, pose grave threat to the health of the people, and speed up global warming. Global Warming is a phenomenon that wreaks havoc to the environment and brings us highly destructive weather patterns like Yolanda (Hainan). The Bureau of Mines and Geosciences of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has identified the municipality of Narra as highly susceptible to landslides and flooding and any minute change in the sea level, weather pattern and environment poses enumerable danger to us, Narra residents. Knowing these natural hazards, a coal power plant that emits poisonous gases, with its accompanying coal ash pond and slurry on our shores, is a death sentence to our seas and farms- the primary source of our food. Please stop the coal-fired power plant and look into cleaner and safer technologies available where investing is wiser in the long run. We ask you to protect our lives and our future. Please keep Palawan, the most beautiful island in the world, the Philippines' Last Ecological Frontier, home of the world-renowned Underground River, and a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve, coal-free! Please stop coal-fired power plants!
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  • UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS: GO FOSSIL FREE!
    To put the University of the Arts at the forefront of the global movement to reject our reliance on fossil fuels. To follow the successful example of the University of Glasgow, who have recently achieved a divestment policy. To achieve transparency, so that students (current and prospective) know where their money is going, and all members of the University know its position on environmental issues. From tar sands to Arctic drilling and hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) for shale gas - the fossil fuel industry is scraping the bottom of the barrel and causing huge environmental and human devastation in the process. Withdrawing our institutions’ financial and moral backing for this climate-wrecking industry is crucial to tackling climate change. For more information: http://peopleandplanet.org/fossil-free http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/08/glasgow-becomes-first-university-in-europe-to-divest-from-fossil-fuels
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  • Divest North Central - Fossil Free NCC
    • As a teaching institution, North Central recognizes a special responsibility to introduce, support, and encourage core sustainability values and actions into all aspects of campus life. • The College has positioned itself as a green institution, working toward developing a socially just, environmentally functional campus community. • Divestment from fossil fuel expands the College's voice beyond campus, drawing on these same core sustainability values and actions in harmony with a global call to action. Throughout its history, North Central has shown leadership in times of controversy and injustice, perhaps most notably in 1960, when inviting Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to speak on campus. The College continues to bring diverse and dissenting voices to campus. Endowment fund divestiture presents an alternative opportunity for the College to voice its values and teach through example. On campus, the College has invested in reducing the campus fleet’s reliance on conventional fuels, developing and promoting alternative methods of convenient campus travel, and using alternative energy sources in future buildings. An investment strategy aligned with alternative, renewable energy fits with the College's sustainability and economic goals. In an age when billionaires are reinvesting funds in renewable, fossil-free resources and reaping profits, the North Central Board of Trustees should reexamine its financial reliance on an expiring industry. Long-term, fossil-free investments are both profitable and sustainable.
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  • Dalhousie Alumni for Fossil Fuel Divestment
    In November of last year, the Dalhousie Board of Governors announced that they would not divest from fossil fuels, citing their "fiduciary duty to generate reasonable risk adjusted returns from a diverse portfolio of investments." Dalhousie's primary duty is not to "generate reasonable returns," it is to prepare students for the future, and it's an extreme hypocrisy to claim to do that while profiting from an industry that is actively working to make that future uninhabitable. As a self-declared leader in sustainability, it’s time for Dalhousie to demonstrate that leadership by standing with hundreds of other institutions around the world and divesting from fossil fuels. 195 countries, including Canada, have formally agreed that we need to limit the Earth’s temperature rise over pre-industrial levels to two degrees. In order to do this, leading scientists have made clear that at least three quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground. Fossil fuel companies ignore the scientific consensus. They are firmly committed to burning all of their current reserves and spend billions of dollars searching for new ones, all while doing their best to block meaningful action on climate change. This reckless pursuit of short-term profits is a dire threat to the health of current and future generations. Even from a financial perspective, fossil fuel investments are increasingly risky. Former Bank of Canada governor, and current Bank of England governor, Mark Carney said that “the vast majority of reserves are unburnable” if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change. By divesting from fossil fuels, Dalhousie can act for the future of its scholars and alumni, and add its weight to the political momentum that is already undermining the industry. As Dalhousie alumni and donors, we urge our alma mater to take action on climate change and divest from fossil fuels. Further alumni action: In May, alumnus and Toronto Star columnist Scott Vrooman vowed to rip up his Dalhousie degree if the university did not divest by the fall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9Dv3vAfeXw He followed through with the pledge in November 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSVY0Ngxix8 If you are an alumni who would like to hand back their degree in protest, please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18qGQJ-PoWsHic95RqnF7mPDp8QBuJwiP5DJjIODZdjo/viewform If you have any questions please email dalalumnidivest@gmail.com How it will be delivered: This pledge will be delivered to President Florizone, to send the message that with each passing year the pressure to divest will continue to grow. Let’s make it clear that Dalhouse alumni support divestment! More information about the student campaign can be found here: http://divestdal.ca/
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  • Queen's University Alumni for Fossil Fuel Divestment
    It is morally wrong for an institution of higher education to align its interests with the world’s most destructive industry. Queen’s University undermines its professed commitment to “exemplary service… to the community and the nation and the community of nations” by profiting from the wreckage of the planet. The “Climate Change Statement of Action,” signed by President Woolf, expressed a recognition that Queen's has an “obligation to demonstrate leadership in areas of community, national and global importance.” It’s time to demonstrate that leadership by standing with hundreds of other institutions around the world and divesting from fossil fuels. 195 countries, including Canada, have formally agreed that we need to limit the Earth’s temperature rise over pre-industrial levels to two degrees. In order to do this, leading scientists have made clear that at least three quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground. Fossil fuel companies ignore the scientific consensus. They are firmly committed to burning all of their current reserves and spend billions of dollars searching for new ones, all while doing their best to block meaningful action on climate change. This reckless pursuit of short-term profits is a dire threat to the health of current and future generations. Leading actors in the financial sector acknowledge that fossil fuel investments are increasingly risky. Former Bank of Canada governor, and current Bank of England governor, Mark Carney said that “the vast majority of reserves are unburnable” if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change. By divesting from fossil fuels, Queen’s can act for the future of its scholars and alumni, and add its weight to the political momentum that is already undermining the industry. As Queen’s alumni and donors, we urge our alma mater to take action on climate change and divest from fossil fuels. Further alumni action: Alumnus and Toronto Star columnist Scott Vrooman has vowed to rip up his Queen’s degree if the university does not divest and has challenged other alumni to do the same. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9Dv3vAfeXw If you want to join in, please let us know here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FmRADjWmcQfT7IpXt80pDoonk4UcvwTs7bUvEYiznGg/viewform If you have any questions please email queensalumnidivest@gmail.com Please share this petition and join our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Queens-University-Alumni-for-Fossil-Fuel-Divestment/991308354226883
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  • UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI: GO FOSSIL FREE!
    Miksi tämä on tärkeää? Yliopistoilla on moraalinen vastuu yhteiskunnan korkeimman tiedon lähteinä hyödyntää omassa toiminnassaan parasta olemassa olevaa tietoa. Tiedeyhteisön yhteisymmärrys on kiistaton. Emme voi polttaa edes puolta maailmanlaajuisista fossiilisten polttoaineiden tunnetuista varannoista aiheuttamatta tuhoisaa ilmaston lämpenemistä. [3][4][5][6][7] Ilmastotieteilijät ovat yhtä mieltä siitä, että fossiilisten polttoaineiden käyttö on suurin yksittäinen syy antropogeeniseen eli ihmisen toiminnan aiheuttamaan ilmastonmuutokseen, joka aiheuttaa äärimmäisen vakavia ekologisia ja sosiaalisia katastrofeja [3][4]. Helsingin yliopiston tulisi johtaa omalla esimerkillään ilmastonmuutoksen hillitsemistä harjoittamalla entistä kestävämpää sijoitustoimintaa niin ympäristön kuin taloudenkin kannalta. Hiilikuplalla tarkoitetaan fossiilisia polttoaineita tuottaviin yhtiöihin liittyvää taloudellista riskiä, joka johtuu alihintaisten kasvihuonekaasupäästöjen aiheuttamasta markkinahäiriöstä. Hiilikupla on saanut useita sijoittajia vetämään sijoituksensa pois näistä yhtiöistä. [8][9][10] Yliopiston sitoutuminen fossiilisten polttoaineiden tuottajista vapaaseen sijoitusstrategiaan olisi vahva signaali yliopiston henkilökunnalle ja opiskelijoille siitä, että yliopiston johto tunnustaa tieteellisen tutkimustyön tulokset ja pyrkii periaatteidensa mukaisesti kehittämään yliopiston toimintaa entistä kestävämmäksi. [11] Helsingin yliopisto pyrkii saamaan sijoitussalkkunsa hiilineutraaleiksi “huomattavasti ennen vuotta 2045” [12]. Fossiiliteollisuuteen tehdyistä sijoituksista luopuminen on yksi askel yliopiston matkalla kohti tuota tavoitetta. Yliopiston pyrkimyksenä onkin rajata fossiilisia polttoaineita tuottavien yhtiöiden osuus sijoitussalkuistaan korkeintaan 1 %:iin, ja käytännössä vähentää niiden osuutta senkin jälkeen [11]. Ilmastotoimien kiireellisyydestä huolimatta sijoituksista luopumiselle ei kuitenkaan ole asetettu selkeää aikarajaa. Yliopisto ei myöskään ole sitoutunut olemaan sijoittamatta fossiilisia polttoaineita tuottaviin yrityksiin tulevaisuudessa. Yhteiskunta tarvitsee edelläkävijöitä, jotka luovat uuden normaalin ja motivoivat muita osallistumaan uusien parhaiden käytäntöjen omaksumiseen. ------------------------------------------------------ Why is this important? Universities have the moral responsibility to act according to the leading sources of scientific research and education in a society. The scientific consensus is clear and overwhelming; we cannot safely burn even half of the world's fossil-fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years. [3][4][5][6][7] Scientists agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify tragic climate disasters [3][4]. The University of Helsinki should take the lead in confronting climate change by promoting sustainable and financially sound asset management practices. Carbon bubble is a term used to describe the financial risk related to companies holding fossil fuel reserves as governments move to fix the market failure caused by uncontrolled carbon emissions. [8][9][10] Divestment would send a strong signal to the University's staff as well as current and future students, that the University will take action for a sustainable future, as stated in the principles for responsible investment activities [11]. The University of Helsinki is aiming for a carbon-neutral investment portfolio well before the year 2045 [12]. Divestment from the fossil fuel industry is one of the University’s steps towards this goal. The University is aiming for a portfolio where firms that produce fossil fuels comprise no more than 1% of the investment portfolio, and aims to reduce their weight in the portfolio further after that [11]. However, despite the time-critical nature of the climate crisis, no time limit has been set for divestment. The University has not committed to refrain from future investment into firms that produce fossil fuels. Society as a whole needs leadership from organisations that shape the future and motivate others to join and implement best practices. [1] http://gofossilfree.org/companies/ [2] https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/yliopisto/strategia-ja-johtaminen/strategia-2017-2020 [3] https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/syr/ [4] https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/ [5] http://carbontracker.live.kiln.it/index.html?CMP=twt_gu [6] http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus [7] http://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/carbon-dioxide/ [8] https://gofossilfree.org/divestment/commitments/ [9] http://www.carbontracker.org/report/carbon-bubble/ [10] https://www.divestinvest.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Carbon-Tracker.-Unburnable-Carbon-Full-rev2-1.pdf [11] Suomeksi: https://www.helsinki.fi/sites/default/files/atoms/files/hy_vastuullisen_sijoitustoiminnan_periaatteet.pdf In English: https://www.helsinki.fi/sites/default/files/atoms/files/hu_principles_for_responsible_investment_activities.pdf [12] Suomeksi: https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/uutiset/kestava-kehitys/helsingin-yliopisto-sijoittaa-entista-vastuullisemmin-tavoitteena-hiilineutraali-salkku?fbclid=IwAR0Uq_fegJ1SO_cdBOCQII0GR4KAHvSvTzDtUk_M9tte-m8ersZ9rKmsfzA In English: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/sustainability-news/increasingly-responsible-investments-by-the-university-of-helsinki-aiming-for-a-carbon-neutral-portfolio [13] https://riihiweb.it.helsinki.fi/document/public/ebac9c93-9179-4f3d-8639-7293baa25864
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  • University of Otago: Divest from Fossil Fuel Extraction
    The Global Context In 2009, 114 countries signed the Copenhagen accord, in which they agreed that the world must work together to limit global warming to a safe level, below a 2°C rise based on pre-industrial temperatures. The Carbon Tracker Initiative has shown that only 565 more gigatonnes of CO2 can be released if we want to remain under that threshold. Today the fossil fuel industry has enough in reserve to emit 2795 gigatonnes of CO2, despite this, the industry still invests substantial money in the quest for more fossil fuels. The Financial Side We urge the University of Otago and associated Foundation Trust to avoid fossil fuel extraction investments as they are economically insecure in the long-term. HSBC, one of the world's largest banks, has published a report indicating that major oil and gas companies could lose up to 60% of their market value if the existing international protocols on emissions reduction are enforced. Furthermore, leading global investment research firm MSCI has stated that fossil fuel divestment “has the potential to reduce overall portfolio risk because of Energy Sector volatility”. Commitment to Sustainability The University of Otago has committed to “contributing to the National Good and International Progress” while being “a national exemplar in corporate, social and environmental sustainability” with the goal to self assess with regards to “climate change [...] endowment transparency, investment priorities,” among others. Now is time for the University of Otago align its investments with these sustainability commitments. Reputation As the country’s first university, Otago has a reputation in leading innovation in New Zealand. Dozens of universities worldwide have already divested from fossil fuels, including notable Stanford University and locally Victoria University in Wellington and supported by the Tertiary Education Union. Come on Otago, your motto says it all: “Sapere Aude” (Dare to be Wise).
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  • Divest UWS From Fossil Fuels
    The University of the West of Scotland has over £1 million worth of investments. Numerous companies that the University invests in, including Shell have been accused of human rights abuses. For more information about our campaign and to get involved, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/362019827317758/ Further reading: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/08/glasgow-becomes-first-university-in-europe-to-divest-from-fossil-fuels
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  • Divest Greenwich Council From Fossil Fuel Investments
    The Greenwich Pension Fund has around £17 million invested directly in fossil fuel companies and more invested indirectly (i.e. commingled) [1]. Such investments carry a high degree of risk on ethical, financial and scientific grounds and the Pension Fund’s investments therefore expose the people of Greenwich to those risks. Hundreds of institutions around the globe have already committed to divesting more than £31 billion from fossil fuel companies, and the Greenwich Pension Fund can add significantly to this movement [2]. If global warming is to be limited to 2°C, a level already considered dangerous, up to 80% of known carbon reserves must be left in the ground [3]. Available evidence indicates that fossil fuel companies intend to burn enough reserves to push global warming far above 2°C, as they insist even on searching for further reserves, often in the globe’s most ecologically sensitive areas [4]. 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded and the 20 hottest years have all occurred since 1981, bringing increases in extreme weather events, flooding, droughts and other calamities [5, 6]. Fossil fuel companies have also been actively disruptive to political efforts at limiting global warming through intensive political lobbying and the funding of disinformation campaigns [7]. If it is wrong to continue to wreck the Earth’s climate, then it follows that it is wrong to profit from that wreckage. There are also increasing indications that the profitability of the fossil fuel industry will decrease significantly in coming years. If action is taken to limit global warming and a large degree of carbon reserves are left in the ground, shares in fossil fuel companies will drop significantly in value [8]. As such, pension funds currently investing in fossil fuels risk exposure to this 'carbon bubble', while there is already evidence that fossil fuel-free portfolios are capable of out-performing those including fossil fuel investments [9]. For in depth analyses of these and related risks, see: http://gofossilfree.org/frequently-asked-questions/ http://www.carbontracker.org/ http://www.theguardian.com/environment/fossil-fuel-divestment References: [1] http://greenwich.greenparty.org.uk/news/council-fossil-fuel-divestment.html [2] http://gofossilfree.org/commitments/ [3] http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v517/n7533/full/nature14016.html [4] http://www.shell.com/global/future-energy/arctic/exploration-production.html [5] http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/summary-info/global/201412 [6] http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/climate-change-impacts/ [7] http://www.fossilfreemit.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/FossilFreeMIT-Lobbying-Disinformation.pdf [8] http://www.carbontracker.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Unburnable-Carbon-Full-rev2-1.pdf [9] https://www.msci.com/resources/factsheets/index_fact_sheet/msci-acwi-ex-fossil-fuels-index-gbp-gross.pdf
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  • University of Canterbury: divest from fossil fuels
    "It’s simple math: we can emit 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Burning the fossil fuel that corporations now have in their reserves would result in emitting 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide – five times the safe amount." – 350.org As a reputable university we have an opportunity to be leaders in a global movement that can actually bring a positive change for society. Young people are going to have to endure the effects of global climate change, and our education institutions should act to become part of the solution. Visit our facebook page to like or discuss: https://www.facebook.com/ucdivests/
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