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To: The Open University Council

Divest The Open University from fossil fuels

Divest The Open University from fossil fuels

The signatories of this petition applaud the clear academic line followed by The Open University in teaching the science behind climate change, and the consequences of excessive 'greenhouse gas' emissions.

Further to this it seems only appropriate that The OU adapts its wider interaction with society, including financial matters to reflect the science taught by:

1. Immediately freezing any new investments in fossil fuels.
2. Divesting from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years.

Why is this important?

To support the speediest conversion to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, encourage politicians to get serious themselves, and to be a consistent part of the solution rather than a part of the problem.

Reasons for signing

  • How can we expect commercial organisations to divest from fossil fuels when our universities, the bastions of science and intellectual high ground that they are, will not divest first?
  • Hoping to join the OU to study Geography and Environmental Science. My alma mater Durham University has recently divested from fossil fuels, I think the OU should be able to do the same. We need our leaders to set clear and ambitious targets, in order to achieve anything. Renewables all the way!
  • Because we are Human not stupid :-)


2019-01-04 18:25:36 -0500

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