To: President Steven Solnick:

Warren Wilson College: Go Fossil Free!

Because it is unconscionable to pay for an education with investments that will condemn the planet to climate disaster, we call on Warren Wilson College to join Unity College, Hampshire College, and others 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 Warren Wilson 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. We believe such action on behalf of Warren Wilson College 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.

Warren Wilson College

Reasons for signing

  • Stop climate change!
  • President Solnick, "Sustainability: Environmental responsibility, social and economic justice." The college claims this as one of its core values in its mission statement. Our school's current investment in funds that include fossil fuel interests is an outright betrayal of this core value. If we are who we claim to be we need to put our money where our mouth is and join other pioneering colleges in divesting from fossil fuels. I appreciate your consideration, Jesse Seligman
  • I am signing this to urge WWC to CONSIDER this action. For all the years I've been here we've talked out of both sides of our mouth about environmental commitment. Yes we're committed, but not when it comes to our finances. Either sustainability really IS part of our mission or it isn't. Can't have it both ways.

Updates

2017-02-18 11:33:00 -0500

25 signatures reached