To: President Thomas Schwartz:

State University of New York - College at Purchase: 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 Purchase College, SUNY 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 Purchase College, SUNY 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 SUNY Purchase 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.

State University of New York - College at Purchase

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Reasons for signing

  • SUNY Purchase has been making great steps to going green; The Green Teach, our compost machine "The Rocket", the student Garden and so forth. Going Fossil Free will mean that our college will not participate as a contributor to the changes in our climate, instead we will continue going forth in a green direction.
  • and you must not support Hydraulic Fracturing anywhere in New York State.
  • I, Jonathan OConnell, sign this petition on behalf of myself, The campus environmental club The Green Team, and as representing Senator of The Olde living complex. That is several hundred people for which this signature represents.

Updates

2015-02-09 01:05:37 -0500

50 signatures reached