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To: The Board of Trustees

Dartmouth College: Go Fossil Free!

Dartmouth College: Go Fossil Free!

We, the undersigned, support Dartmouth divesting from fossil fuel extraction companies. We see this move as a moral imperative for an institution tasked with bettering the future of the next generation, as well as an economic necessity in the face of the increased risk represented by fossil fuel investments. We stand with the global fossil fuel divestment movement.

Why is this important?

We are concerned for our futures. It is clear that something must be done to curb the effects of climate change and sustain a livable planet for future generations. Climate change aside, the extraction and use of fossil fuels continues to present a myriad of other threats to our society. We hope for justice, equality and responsibility in the form of clean air, clean water, energy independence and just employment for all of those marginalised in our society.

It is the firm belief of Divest Dartmouth that continuing to support the companies that produce and profit from fossil fuels is no longer in the best interest of the college and the greater interconnected world and climate system. As Dartmouth students, we're encouraged to become responsible leaders: we thus feel obligated to do everything in our power to slow rapid climate change. We believe that our learning institution should have the same concerns, and that no entity concerned with our futures should profit from putting them in jeopardy.

We know that divestment will not move the needle on these companies' share prices. We know that we will not be making a measurable financial impact. The point is instead to bankrupt them morally, to stand up for the creation of a better future and denounce the systems that continue to act to prevent this change.

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, United States

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Reasons for signing

  • We have to move away from using fossil fuels as quickly as possible. Divesting from the industry will help by forcing the industry to invest in a different future.
  • WE CAN'T FORGOT ABOUT THIS!!! Climate change doesn't end and won't just because you tried for a week. We have to try for a lifetime, and it won't stop there either. This will be a problem until the end of time if we don't start changing our ways immediately! (And it is real, duh)
  • I got my M.S. in earth science at Dartmouth 21 years ago. I co-taught several classes in environmental science. Over two decades later, many of the disasters we knew were coming have happened and still nothing has been done do stem the tide. Now I'm a mother and my oldest is headed to college. I'm doing everything in my power to preserve a livable climate for her and my other kids. The science is clear; the time to #ActOnClimate is NOW.


2014-04-17 17:45:28 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2013-11-18 17:40:09 -0500

500 signatures reached