To: The Open University board

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

  • Studying environmental management and technology with the OU, shocked to hear they still have investments in such practices
  • What is the use of education if we don't use what we have learned?
  • I did 2 environmental courses with the OU for my degree. If they are teaching reduction of fossil fuels they need to walk the walk too.


2018-03-23 12:15:32 -0400

400 signatures reached. Please like and share:

2018-03-05 12:42:18 -0500

350 signatures reached

2018-02-14 17:33:06 -0500

300 signatures reached

2016-06-18 08:58:48 -0400

100 signatures reached

2016-02-03 06:41:46 -0500

50 signatures reached

2015-04-06 11:06:14 -0400

25 signatures reached

2015-03-21 17:15:08 -0400

10 signatures reached