To: President Mills:

Bowdoin College: Go Fossil Free!

Because it is unconscionable to pay for our education with investments that will condemn the planet to climate disaster, we call on Bowdoin 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.

Why is this important?

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 Bowdoin 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 Bowdoin 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.

Bowdoin College

Reasons for signing

  • Because the future of the students you educate is in your hands.
  • As a faithful "Son of Bowdoin", I have been giving money to the Annual Fund and other Bowdoin funds most of the 47 years since I graduated from Bowdoin. I assure you that my opinion of Bowdoin and its use of my funds will be more favorable if it divests from the fossil fuel industry. This will also influence my future yearly donations and estate planning considerations. I strongly believe in rewarding good citizenship and stewardship.
  • As an alum I've watched with great pride as Bowdoin took steps to secure a sustainable environment on campus. Please take the next step and let the endowment speak to the same values as well.