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To: President David Angel & Board of Trustees

Divest Clark University from All Non-renewables

Divest Clark University from All Non-renewables

As public pressure to confront climate change builds, we call on Clark University to immediately freeze any new investment in fossil-fuel companies. Despite Clark's Climate Action Plan to reach zero-carbon emissions by 2030, we, students and future generations, demand a radical overhaul in Clark's pseudo-'Green' policies and within five years time- total divestment from direct ownership and from any commingled funds that include fossil-fuel public equities and corporate bonds. We believe such action on behalf of our University 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, and all current and future generations, who deserve a future not ignorantly and naively condemned to climate chaos.

Why is this important?

Climate change is accelerating at unpredictable rates; this necessitates direct and collective radical action. 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. We just witnessed one of the strongest Superstorms in recorded history. 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. It is time for Clark University, in solidarity with WPI and WSU, to join the divestment community, and extend this to the regional community at large. To remain inundated and feebly committed is to accept the certain death of the entire global community. It's time for Clark to take a stand and truly, radically, (not under presumed false guise) assist in challenging convention and changing the world.

How it will be delivered

We will deliver all signatures by email to the president, board, and trustees.

Clark University, Main Street, Worcester, MA, United States

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2016-04-29 14:00:16 -0400

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