• 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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  • Fossil Free Göteborg
    Göteborgs Stad placerar i dagsläget inga pengar i fossilbolag. Det är viktigt att vi ser till att det förblir så!" Genom helt och hållet exkludera fossilindustrin i stadens kapitalplaceringar kan Göteborgs Stad klart och tydligt visa vilken väg som de väljer att gå. Att ta avstånd från fossilindustrin är en tydlig signal till stadens invånare och omvärlden att Göteborgs Stad inte vill finansiera en industri som bevisligen spenderar miljarder årligen på att genom lobbyism och klimatskeptiska tankesmedjor förhala all politisk handling riktad mot en förnybar omställning. "If it's wrong to wreck the climate, then it's wrong to profit from that wreckage!" Det är lika fel att tjäna pengar på klimatförändringar som det är att tjäna pengar på tillverkning och försäljning av vapen/krigsmaterial, alkohol, tobak, pornografiska alster eller komersiell spelverksamhet. Vi kräver därför att Göteborgs Stad i sin placeringspolicy fullt ut ska exkludera placeringar i fossilindustrin och genom detta visa att de på allvar är en stad som är ledande gällande hållbarhet. *** Våra krav på Göteborgs stad: 1 - Säkerställa exkludering av placeringar i fossil energi (även stiftelsers pengar) genom att uppdatera stadens placeringspolicy 2 - Att inom fem år avveckla alla befintliga investeringar i fossil energi 3 - Att på ett transparent sätt redovisa kommunens väg mot en fullbordad divestering 4 - Att uppmana sina anställdas pensionsförvaltare, i första hand AP-fonderna, att divestera dess tillgångar.
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  • Divest Colorado Springs From Fossil Fuels!
    We are concerned with the moral and economic issues around being invested in companies that contribute to climate change. Our local government has a responsibility to divest from a rogue industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate disruption. The fossil fuel industry has chosen to ignore the signs of a warming planet in favor of profit above all cost; we must send a clear message that we value the health of people and our planet before profits. Climate change is ravaging our state, nation and planet with more wildfires, drought, higher food prices and extreme weather events. While climate change is severely impacting our quality of life now, it is young people whose future ability to thrive - and even survive - on our planet will be most impacted. Not only are the moral implications becoming more apparent, but the economic issues are also becoming prevalent. Hurricane Sandy relief exceeded $50 billion and in Colorado alone insurers estimated wildfire damage exceeded $450 million to personal property by July 2012. The number and severity of fires has dramatically increased over the past two decades, and with a warmer climate that trend will not reverse in the foreseeable future. While a largely symbolic gesture, divesting from fossil fuels is important. By doing so, Colorado Springs City Council will send a clear message: fossil fuels are history, their continued use is harming us, and we want to invest in our future. Divestment is not new to Colorado. In 2007, the state of Colorado passed a bill to divest funds from companies supporting the atrocities in Sudan on moral grounds. Colorado sent a message: we do not support the continued massacre of the people of Sudan. Divesting funds from fossil fuel companies would have an even greater impact. Divestment would show that Colorado Springs is committed to the health and future of its citizens. Though a small step against the global problem of climate change, divestment is an an important step towards transitioning to sustainable forms of energy, and it sends a message to the fossil fuel companies that they are not the way of the future. The bottom line is this: divestment is the only moral choice for governments that care about their citizens. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments that care about their solvency. It's time to divest from fossil fuels now! Join us to gain public support on Feb. 13 for Global Divestment Day: RSVP and find out more details here: http://act.350.org/event/gdd_attend/10114
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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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  • Divest Corvallis from Fossil Fuels!
    Corvallis has a reputation as a "green" city with citizens that care about climate justice and sustainability. It is hypocritical to make this claim and at the same time invest in the very companies that are working against our vision. We can not count on the federal government, even as extreme weather events and other climate disasters overwhelm local budgets. We have the solutions, but we won’t see any political progress on the issue until we can weaken the power of the fossil fuel industry. The bottom line is this: divestment is the only moral choice for governments that care about their citizens. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments that care about their solvency. It's time to divest from fossil fuels now!
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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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  • Divest Georgia from Fossil Fuels!
    Our state government has a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate change. We can not count on the federal government, even as extreme weather events like the record freeze in Atlanta last January overwhelm local budgets. We have the solutions, but we won’t see any political progress on the issue until we can weaken the power of the fossil fuel industry. The bottom line is this: divestment is the only moral choice for governments that care about their citizens. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments that care about their solvency. It's time to divest from fossil fuels now!
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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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  • Divest Albuquerque Academy from Fossil Fuels
    As the top college preparatory school in New Mexico, the Albuquerque Academy is educating the leadership of the future, our children. Yet by supporting their educational mission with fossil fuel monies, the school is taking away that future from its students. Removing fossil fuels in all ways from the Academy's investment portfolio sends a clear message to students and parents that the Academy cares about the world its students face and is willing to take real action to make that world a more hopeful place. Conversely, failing to take action is equivalent to condemning the school's graduates to a future of misery — subverting the education those graduates have worked for and families have paid for. We hope that the Academy sees the sense in supporting its role as a world-class educational institution by not contributing to a future in which education will not matter.
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