To: Chancellor George R. Blumenthal

University of California - Santa Cruz: 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 UCSC 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, including the disastrous Hurricane Sandy, which impacted hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country hundreds of billions of dollars. Hurricane Sandy alone caused $50 Billion in damages.

More than 90% of scientists 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 UCSC 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 UCSC 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.

University of California - Santa Cruz

Reasons for signing

  • We can no longer afford to do nothing. All we need to do is collectively decide to make the change
  • As such a progressive and environmental campus, I figured UCSC would have already divested. I'm shocked to learn that we need to push them. Do the right thing, UCSC, before the forest around you withers and burns.
  • How can we as students support our university contributing to and investing in the fossil fuel industry? It is important for institutions of all kind, especially educational ones to cut their ties with fossil fuel corporations who are profiting from putting our planet in jeopardy.

Updates

2013-10-16 14:10:20 -0400

50 signatures reached