To: President Loh:

University of Maryland - College Park: 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 the University of Maryland 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 the University of Maryland 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 of Maryland will not only be a sound decision for our institution's financial portfolio, but also for the well being of its current and future graduating classes, who deserve the opportunity to graduate with a future not defined by climate chaos.

University of Maryland - College Park

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Reasons for signing

  • We must be crazy, appealing to power doesn't work. It never has and it never will. We need to take it to power, that's the only that has ever and will ever work
  • Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere reached 400 ppm - we have to change
  • I attended a presentation by the analysts from CarbonTracker.org. The carbon bubble looks very much like the housing bubble and is going to burst. A wise investor should get out of it.

Updates

2017-03-30 13:43:28 -0400

100 signatures reached

2013-06-24 10:22:31 -0400

50 signatures reached