To: President Pasquerella:

Mount Holyoke 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 Mount Holyoke College 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 Mount Holyoke 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 Mount Holyoke 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.

Mount Holyoke College

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Reasons for signing

  • We are on track to reach 4℃, possibly more, from the GHGs already released. The fossil fuel companies cannot possibly sell all their present reserves. If we burn all that exists currently, U Chicago's Greenstone conservatively calculates a nearly 9℃ rise, which is untenable for life as we know it. Yet fossil fuel companies are still drilling. Divest to make them stop. Their holdings will lose value, becoming stranded assets as the world moves onward to clean energy,
  • MHC women lead on the issues - time for MHC as an institution to step up and do the right thing. ~'05 Almuna
  • MHC '71 concern for environment

Updates

2014-04-03 13:02:34 -0400

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