To: Aberystwyth University Investment Committee

Divest Aberystwyth University from fossil fuels

If it is wrong to wreck the climate, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage. Too many UK universities support the fossil fuel industry directly through their research, their endowments and investments and their partnerships with some of the biggest fossil fuel companies in the world like BP and Shell.

We call on Aberystwyth University to break all of its ties with the fossil fuel industry which is putting profit before people. To go Fossil Free Aberystwyth University will do the following:

1. Move its money

- screen for and exclude the fossil fuel industry from the University's investment portfolio
- immediately freeze any new investment in fossil fuel companies
- divest from the fossil fuel industry and shift funds to positive, ethical investments within 5 years

2. Support a clean energy future and green jobs

- provide Aberystwyth students with ethical careers advice and opportunities
- refocus research & expertise on climate solutions and phase out climate-damaging fossil fuel research
- demand more research funding for renewables from fossil fuel companies and government

3. Stop the greenwash

- publish full details of its financial and other ties to the fossil fuel industry
- stop giving out honorary degrees to fossil fuel industry CEOs (and start giving more to real leaders!)
- stop accepting sponsorship and advertising from fossil fuel companies

Why is this important?

UK students have decided to take on the fossil fuel industry by getting our universities to go Fossil Free. People & Planet is joining forces with the 350.org campaign that has been sweeping across North American campuses.

We believe that our educational institutions should serve the public good and live up to their promises to tackle climate change. No UK university in their right mind would accept funding from or invest their funds in tobacco companies these days - it’s inconsistent with their research on cancer. The same holds true for fossil fuel companies causing climate change and yet most universities still do not recognise this. That’s about to change!

From Canada’s dirty tar sands to Arctic drilling and hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) for shale gas - the fossil fuel industry is scraping the bottom of the barrel and causing huge environmental and human devastation in the process. Withdrawing our institutions’ financial and moral backing for this climate-wrecking industry is crucial to tackling climate change.

Aberystwyth, United Kingdom

Reasons for signing

  • I'm ashamed that my Alma mater would continue to accept profits from companies actively damaging the planet we all rely on.

Updates

2016-12-12 14:13:27 -0500

50 signatures reached

2015-04-25 14:04:46 -0400

25 signatures reached

2015-02-16 08:27:24 -0500

10 signatures reached