• Divest York from Fossil Fuels
    The University is failing in this commitment to not knowingly invest in companies whose practices pose a risk of harm to individuals or groups. The combustion of fossil fuels is responsible for 87% of all human carbon dioxide emissions which drastically contributes to anthropogenic climate change which in turn kills approximately 600,000 people yearly. As of last calculations, the University of York has £217000 invested in Fossil Fuels, and with 68 Universities already having pledged their commitment to divest from Fossil Fuels -including our rivals York St. John, it's about time the University of York did the same. The University of Edinburgh has divested over £6.3 million from fossil fuels, surely York can divest £217000.
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  • Stop University of Derby investing £1,579,677 in Fossil fuel industries
    Fossil Fuels have a devastating negative effect on the environment, as the production and the consumption contributes significantly to global climate change. They are responsible for the increasing amount of harmful chemicals such as carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. We should be investing in renewable energy sources rather than directly supporting and funding corporations such as British Petroleum (BP), who are accountable for environmental disasters such The Deepwater Horizon Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. As an institute of Higher education how can we publicly support such corporations that attempt to green wash the facts?
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  • University of Turku: 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. [2][3][4][5] 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. [2] Turun 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. [6][7] Yliopiston siirtyminen fossiilisten polttoaineiden tuottajista vapaaseen sijoitusstrategiaan olisi vahva signaali yliopiston henkilökunnalle ja opiskelijoille siitä, että yliopiston johto tunnustaa tieteellisen tutkimustyön tulokset ja pyrkii kehittämään yliopiston toimintaa entistä kestävämmäksi. 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. [2][3][4] Scientists agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify tragic climate disasters. [2] University of Turku should take the lead in confronting climate change by promoting sustainable and financially sound asset management practises. 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. [5][6][7] 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. Society as a whole needs leadership from organisations that shape the future and motivate others to join and implement best practises. [1] http://gofossilfree.org/companies/ [2] http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/wg1/WGIAR5_SPM_brochure_en.pdf [3] http://carbontracker.live.kiln.it/index.html?CMP=twt_gu [4] http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus [5] http://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/carbon-dioxide/ [6] http://gofossilfree.org/endorsements/ [7] http://www.carbontracker.org/report/carbon-bubble/ [8]http://www.tyy.fi/sites/tyy.fi/files/attachment/liite1_talousstrategia_edustajistolle.pdf
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  • Divest UNC system 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 Matthew alone is estimated to create $25 to $70 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. Let's keep it in the ground or at least stop investing in companies that extract it!
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  • Für eine sichere Landesbank Baden-Württemberg: Schluss mit Risikogeschäften auf Klimakosten
    Weltweit spielen Banken eine zentrale Rolle bei der Klimazerstörung durch fossile Energien. Erst wenn Banken ein Projekt finanzieren, kann in Kolumbien nach Kohle gegraben, in Nigeria nach Öl gebohrt oder in Kanada nach Schiefergas gefrackt werden. Lange haben die Banken Gewinne aus diesem Geschäft abgeschöpft – ohne Rücksicht auf die Schäden für die Umwelt, das Klima oder die Bevölkerung [1]. Doch mittlerweile drohen ihnen hohe Verluste: Je ernsthafter die Politik weltweit gegen den Klimawandel vorgeht, umso schneller werden fossile Energien zum Auslaufmodel. Der größte Kohlekonzern der USA, Peabody, musste bereits Insolvenz anmelden, und auch die RWE, die statt auf die Energiewende auf Kohle gesetzt hatte, steht kurz vor der Pleite – mit massiven Folgen für Anleger und Kreditgeber [2]. Die europäische Zentralbank warnt in diesem Zusammenhang bereits vor der nächsten großen Wirtschaftskrise [3]. Auch die LBBW und ihre Kunden sind über Aktienfonds an großen Öl- und Kohlekonzernen wie RWE, Royal Dutch Shell oder Total beteiligt [4]. Zusätzlich unterstützt die Bank Kohle-, Öl- und Gasförderung mit Krediten, zuletzt mit über 250 Millionen Euro im Jahr 2015 [5]. Die LBBW, die während der Finanzkrise 2009 mit öffentlichen Geldern in Milliardenhöhe gerettet werden musste, ist damit anfällig für die nächste Krise – und befeuert aktiv die Zerstörung des Klimas. Im Herbst forderten deshalb mehrere NGOs den neuen Vorstandsvorsitzenden der LBBW, Rainer Neske, in einem Brief dazu auf, seine Strategie für den Ausstieg aus der Finanzierung fossiler Energien dazulegen.[6] Eine Antwort bleibt die Bank bisher schuldig. Doch wir können die LBBW von diesem Kurs abbringen. Die Bank bemüht sich seit einiger Zeit um Nachhaltigkeit und hat im Rüstungsbereich bereits Investitionen in Streumunition und Landminen ausgeschlossen [7]. Und auf Druck der regierenden Grünen verzichtete sie 2012 auf Spekulationen mit Nahrungsmitteln [8]. Da sich die Bank in öffentlicher Trägerschaft befindet (die Stadt Stuttgart und das Land Baden-Württemberg halten über 40 Prozent der Anteile), ist sie empfänglich für Druck aus der Politik. Oberbürgermeister Fritz Kuhn und Finanzministerin Edith Sitzmann sitzen selbst im Aufsichtsrat der LBBW und können sich dort direkt für den Ausstieg aus den fossilen Energien stark machen. Die grün-schwarze Landesregierung hat sich sogar in den Koalitionsvertrag geschrieben, die LBBW bei einem solchen Ausstieg zu unterstützen [9]. Damit diesen Worten auch Taten folgen, müssen wir die Grünen in die Pflicht nehmen. Mit einem öffentlichen Appell schaffen wir Aufmerksamkeit und fordern entschiedenes Handeln. Die Grünen in Baden-Württemberg müssen dafür sorgen, dass die LBBW ihre finanzielle und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung wahrnimmt und die Finanzierung von Kohle, Öl und Gas konsequent ausschließt. [1] Kirsten Bialdiga, „Blutkohle aus Kolumbien“, RP Online, 16. 01. 2016; „Menschenrechtsorganisationen klagen Shell wegen Umweltvergiftung an“, ZEIT Online, 03. 11. 2015. [2] Claus Hecking, „Kohle ist kaputt“, ZEIT Online, 16. 04. 2016; Sebastian Baltzer, „RWE vor dem Aus“, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 06. 07. 2016. [3] Michael Bauchmüller, „Absturzgefahr im Treibhaus“, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 12. 02. 2016. [4] Jürgen Lessat, „Her mit der Kohle“, Kontext, 15. 06. 2016. [5] LBBW Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2015, S. 73. [6] Offener Brief an Rainer Neske, Vorstandsvorsitzender der LBBW, 1. November 2016. [7] Fair Finance Guide Deutschland, http://fairfinanceguide.de/ffg-d/banken/lbbw/ [8] „LBBW stellt Nahrungsmittelspekulationen ein“, ZEIT Online, 26. 06. 2012. [9] „Baden-Württemberg gestalten“, Koalitionsvertrag zwischen Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Baden-Württemberg und der CDU Baden-Württemberg, 2016, S. 15.
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  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay: Divest from Fossil Fuels!
    Climate change is widely agreed by the scientists and policymakers who understand it best to be the most significant threat facing humanity, both now and in the long term. Climate change poses many severe, wide-ranging and complicated ecological and human issues, and is a problem that is not going to disappear anytime soon. Indeed, it will only continue to worsen if the status quo is maintained and we continue down the same destructive path that we have been on since the dawn of the industrial era. However, there is hope. By significantly altering the way in which our society operates, we can reduce the negative impacts of climate change and protect our species and our planet from destruction. One such way to do this here on campus is through divestment, or the selling of university investments tied up in the fossil fuel industry. This includes companies whose primary business involves the extraction, refinement, distribution, or any other type of direct business engagement with fossil fuels, a category which is made up of the natural resources of oil, coal, and natural gas. These investments in the fossil fuel industry are oftentimes in enormous international corporations whose activities frequently wreak havoc on the environment and various peoples around the globe. By divesting, we would send a powerful message that we do not agree with the blind continuation of a fossil-fuel based society, and that we will not stand idly by while business as usual continues to ravage the planet. At the same time, we would be freeing up university resources to instead invest in more sustainable and forward-thinking companies. Through partaking in this divestment process, we would be living up to our nickname of "Eco-U" and helping to ensure a cleaner, safer, and overall brighter future for everyone.
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  • Fossil Free Ghent: Divest the University of Ghent
    [English Below] De beweging richting een duurzame toekomst vereist de sociale en economische steun van leidinggevende publieke instellingen en de actieve participatie van de samenleving in haar geheel. Als een publieke actor is het de morele taak van de Universiteit Gent een ethisch rolmodel te zijn op het vlak van positieve actie en het streven naar een duurzame toekomst. Toch investeert onze universiteit een ongekende som in fossiele brandstoffen en wapentechnologie, waardoor de UGent op dit moment faalt haar sociale verantwoordelijkheid op te nemen. De blijvende financiële steun voor de ontginning van fossiele brandstoffen bemoeilijkt de ontwikkeling van hernieuwbare energiebronnen en toont de onwil de klimaatverandering te counteren. De tijd is gekomen om verder te gaan dan communicatie. Het moment is aangebroken om ons financieel, praktisch en symbolisch gewicht in de strijd te werpen. Het is nu dat we moeten desinvesteren om te bouwen aan een duurzame toekomst. AANGEZIEN: De verandering van het klimaat een negatieve invloed heeft op de samenleving en de mogelijkheid voor een welvarende toekomst op het spel zet, AANGEZIEN: De Universiteit Gent de verantwoordelijkheid draagt standvastig leiderschap te tonen om de transitie naar echt duurzaam beleid te bewerkstelligen, AANGEZIEN: Investeren in de onethische sector van de fossiele brandstoffen steeds risicovoller wordt, DAAROM: Vragen wij, de ondergetekenden, aan de Universiteit Gent, 1. Alle toekomstige investeringen in fossiele brandstoffen, wapens en andere onethische initiatieven onmiddellijk stop te zetten. 2. Alle bestaande investeringen (onder andere haar portefeuille ter waarde van 230 miljoen euro) effectief weg te trekken uit dergelijke onethische initiatieven. 3. Op facultair niveau geen onderzoek meer te financieren gelinkt aan wapenproductie en fossiele energieën. 4. Volledige transparantie te verzekeren inzake toekomstige investeringen. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Moving towards a sustainable future requires the social and economic support of leading public entities and the active participation by the community as a whole. As a public actor, the University of Gent is supposed to serve as an ethical role model for positive action. Yet our University invests an unknown amount of fossil fuel extraction and weapon technology; our University fails to fulfill its social responsibility. Their financial support for the extraction of fossil fuels perpetuates resistance towards development for renewable sources of energy production and the irreversible damages of climate change. Now is the time to go beyond communication, to throw our financial, practical, and symbolic weight into the struggle for a sustainable future. WHEREAS: The impacts of climate change negatively affect all communities and limit their ability to have a prosperous future, WHEREAS: The University of Gent has a responsibility to act with unwavering ethics and leadership for change, WHEREAS: Fossil fuel investment continues to become an ever riskier and unethical investment sector, THEREFORE: We, the undersigned, demand that the University of Gent, 1. Withdraws all existing investments (including her portfolio of 230 million euros) from fossil fuel and weapon initiatives. 2. Stops all funding of research linked to weapon production and fossil fuels on faculty level. 3. Ends immediately all future investments in fossil fuel extraction, industries which depend on fossil fuels, and weapon technology. 4. Guarantees full transparency concerning future investments.
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  • KU Leuven Fossil Free
    {ENGLISH BELOW} Onze klimaattoekomst hangt af van een eenvoudige keuze. Ontginnen we alle gekende steenkool-, olie- en gasvoorraden ter wereld, dan blazen we genoeg CO2 de lucht in om onze planeet meerdere keren te laten overkoken. Laten we de meerderheid van die fossiele brandstoffen in de grond, dan maken we een goede kans om een leefbaar klimaat te behouden. Nu nog nieuwe steenkoolmijnen, olie- of gasvelden aansnijden is dus absolute waanzin wetende dat zelfs nu al mensen wereldwijd de gevolgen van klimaatverandering ondervinden. Sterker nog, als we de gevaarlijke grens van 1.5° opwarming niet willen overschrijden, zoals afgesproken in het wereldwijde Klimaatakkoord van Parijs, dan moeten zelfs fossiele mijnen en velden die nu actief zijn, vroegtijdig sluiten. Steeds meer universiteiten, stadsbesturen en pensioenfondsen van over de hele wereld investeren daarom niet langer in fossiele brandstofbedrijven. Daarmee nemen ze zowel een ethisch als economisch standpunt in en tonen ze zich voortrekker in de strijd voor een eerlijkere, gezondere en duurzamere samenleving. Onze KU Leuven kan haar rol als wetenschappelijke en maatschappelijke voortrekker daarbij niet ontkennen. Wij vragen nu dus dat onze universiteit zich ook aansluit bij die internationale Fossil Fuel Divestment beweging en haar bestaande fossiele beleggingen stopt. Fossiele brandstoffen horen in de grond! ENGLISH Our common climate future depends on a simple choice. If we dig up all known global coal, oil and gas reserves, we’ll blow enough CO2 into the atmosphere to boil the planet multiple times. If we choose to keep the majority of fossil fuels in the ground, we have a good shot at preserving a gentle climate. Opening up new coal mines, oil or gas fields at this stage is completely insane, knowing that people all over the world are already suffering from the consequences of climate change. Even more, if we want to keep the limit of a world only 1.5 degrees Celsius hotter than in pre-industrial times in sight, as we globally agreed upon in the Paris Agreement, then fossil fuel mines and fields that are actively in use nowadays will have to close down earlier than planned. More and more universities, city councils and pension funds worldwide have stopped investing in fossil fuel companies. They are taking an ethical and economical stance and prove to be leaders in fighting for a more equal, healthy and sustainable society. Our KU Leuven cannot deny its role in this debate as a scientific and civil pioneer. We ask our university to join the international Fossil Fuel Divestment movement and to put an end to its existing fossil investments. Together we keep fossil fuels in the ground!
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  • University of Toledo: 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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  • Call to switch to a sustainable bank
    Anthropogenic climate change poses a threat to humans and natural systems on a global scale. Temperatures are rising rapidly: nine out of ten of the warmest years ever recorded in human history occurred after 2000 [1], and global temperatures continue to break records in 2016 [2]. Sea levels are steadily rising, extreme weather events are expected to occur more frequently, and oceans are acidifying at a frightening rate. Species are threatened with mass extinction and humans are displaced from their homes [3]. It is clear that efforts must be undertaken to stop climate change sooner rather than later. At the end of 2015, world leaders got together for COP21 in Paris and agreed to “[hold] the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels” [4]. If we are to take this ambition seriously, then we need to put a strict limit on the amount of fossil fuels that can still be used. In fact, we effectively have a ‘carbon budget’. This carbon budget clearly shows that a large part of the currently operational coal mines and gas and oil fields cannot be exploited at all, if we do not want to exceed 1.5 or 2 °C global warming [5]. Wageningen University & Research is renowned for its high quality education and research programmes [6], as well as for its sustainable practices [7]. With regards to sustainability and corporate social responsibility, Wageningen University & Research states that its goal is “to take a leading role in the area of sustainable operational management” and the institute shows that it is working on increasing sustainability in many ways [8]. However, one aspect of sustainability that has not been considered sufficiently, in our opinion, is finance. As the world has sensibly placed a carbon budget on its emissions, it has become evident that current and future investments in the fossil fuel industry can be regarded as irresponsible and unwise. Wageningen University & Research indirectly contributes to these investments through their use of two unsustainable banks: ABN AMRO and Rabobank. These banks score particularly poorly on the aspect of climate change, as highlighted by EerlijkeBankwijzer [9]. They are responsible for substantial financial support to fossil fuel industries through loans and shareholding practices [10]. Investing in fossil fuel extraction, as ABN AMRO and Rabobank do, is absolutely incompatible with the internationally agreed upon limit of 2 °C global warming. Fortunately, there is a suitable alternative. Triodos Bank is the only bank in the Netherlands that does not invest in the fossil fuel industry [11] and is capable of taking on large institutions as their clients. Furthermore, we believe Triodos Bank’s mission and key values [12] are highly consistent with those of Wageningen University & Research. Through a personal meeting with a representative of Triodos Bank, Fossil Free Wageningen has become convinced that it is possible to make the transition to this sustainable bank. Wageningen University & Research now has the opportunity to be a frontrunner on truly all aspects of sustainability and to become the leading institution on sustainability that it aims to be. To embody our underlying values for sustainable development, we need all hands and heads. Together, we can make this transition towards a carbon neutral society. Therefore, we, Fossil Free Wageningen, and the following students, alumni, staff members, teachers, and professors, ask Wageningen University & Research to bring this university a step closer to being a fossil free university by committing to switching to a truly sustainable bank. References: [1] http://climate.nasa.gov/ [2] http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/news/20160719/ [3] http://ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/syr/AR5_SYR_FINAL_SPM.pdf [4] http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2015/cop21/eng/l09.pdf [5] http://priceofoil.org/2016/09/22/the-skys-limit-report/ [6] http://www.wur.nl/en/About-Wageningen/Scientific-prominence-Wageningen-University-Research.htm [7] http://www.studentenvoormorgen.nl/uitslag-2016/ [8] http://www.wur.nl/en/About-Wageningen/Sustainability.htm [9] http://eerlijkegeldwijzer.nl/bankwijzer/ [10] http://eerlijkegeldwijzer.nl/media/60922/2015-11-praktijkonderzoek-undermining-our-future.pdf [11] https://www.triodos.com/en/investment-management/impact-investment/our-sectors/energy-and-climate/ [12] https://www.triodos.com/en/about-triodos-bank/who-we-are/mission-principles/what-we-stand-for/
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  • Make Maplewood Fossil Fuel Free
    Burlington, Vermont, Aspen, Colorado, and Greenberg, Kansas have all successfully transitioned to 100% renewable energy, and many more cites across the country are setting ambitious goals to go fossil fuel free. As a town in a state that was heavily affected by Superstorm Sandy, I think it is in an economic and moral imperative that we set an example for the rest of the Garden State and rid ourselves of our dependance on fossil fuels. I believe Maplewood is uniquely suited to this challenge: we have a town full of community oriented, socially conscious individuals and families whom I believe would welcome such an exciting and ambitious challenge. Hopefully, we can set an example for other small towns to do the same. As a result of human consumption of fossil fuels, earth has an atmospheric concentration 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide, and we’re adding 2 ppm of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere every year. Unless we are able to rapidly turn that around and return to below 350 ppm this century, we risk triggering tipping points and irreversible impacts that could send climate change spinning truly beyond our control. We owe it to our children to do everything we can to leave a safe and livable planet for them. Let's do our part, and let's do it together.
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  • Cobbers For Divestment
    We are taught at Concordia to become responsibly engaged in the world (BREW), but while we are being taught these principles, the college is ignoring the very values they are trying to teach us. Concordia is going against their own values of sustainability and responsible engagement in the world. Concordia invests more then 121 million dollars of their endowment into a portfolio that invests in oil companies and fossil fuel companies, these companies values do not in any way shape or form align with concordia's values. Instead we urge the college to divest from these companies and reinvest into portfolios and companies who's views and values better align with the values that the college tries to instill in its students and project onto the public.
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