To: Lesley University Students and Faculty

Divest Lesley University!

Divest Lesley University!

Divest Lesley's investments from Fossil Fuels within the next 5 years.

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 Lesley University 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 Lesley University 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.

Cambridge, MA

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Reasons for signing

  • Just learning about divestment and am all about urging Lesley to get their money out of fossil fuels! Is there already a campaign? I'm in, %100 and have about 500 alum in the Audubon Expedition Institute database to rally with us
  • Global climate change is occurring. We have an ever shrinking window of opportunity to halt and perhaps reverse these changes to our biosphere. Divesting in oil now is a strong start.


2014-02-18 16:01:18 -0500

50 signatures reached

2013-10-01 10:16:00 -0400

25 signatures reached

2013-09-30 20:23:18 -0400

10 signatures reached