To: President Kristin Esterberg & the Board of Trustees

Divest Potsdam Now!

Divest Potsdam Now!

If you are a student please put your class (Freshman, sophomore, Junior, Senior) in the same box with your name. We are aiming to get 350 signatures from each class to signify what the safe level of carbon is!

As public pressure to confront climate change builds, we call on SUNY Potsdam 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 our 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.

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 $50 billion 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.

How it will be delivered

We will email the signatures upon completing our petition goals.

Potsdam, NY, United States

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Reasons for signing

  • Because it isn't fiscally responsible to invest in fossil fuels when the carbon bubble will soon burst.
  • It is our duty to save the planet not only for us but for the generations to come.

Updates

2014-11-21 09:51:11 -0500

25 signatures reached

2014-04-15 00:25:47 -0400

10 signatures reached