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To: President Delaney and the University of North Florida Board of Trustees

Divest UNF

Divest UNF

Because it is unconscionable to pay for our education with investments that will condemn the planet to climate disaster, we call on the University of North Florida to immediately:
1. Freeze new investment in fossil fuel companies.
2. Divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years.

Why is this important?

UNF has publicly “committed to values that promote the welfare and positive transformation of individuals, communities, and societies.” These values include, “The pursuit of truth and knowledge carried out in the spirit of intellectual and artistic freedom; Ethical conduct; Community engagement; Diversity; Responsibility to the natural environment; and Mutual respect and civility." Divest UNF seeks an alignment between these values and university endowment funds.
Divest UNF asserts, “If it is wrong to wreck the climate, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage. We believe that educational and other institutions that serve the public good should divest from fossil fuels.” Our economy and future is at risk from the reckless burning of fossil fuels. Responsible and ethical leadership demands divestment.

How it will be delivered

We will deliver the petition in person to the UNF Board of Trustees.
Note: Paper petition signature numbers not reflected in online total.

University of North Florida, University of North Fl Drive, Jacksonville, FL

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Reasons for signing

  • I signed today because my hometown of Jacksonville is woefully unprepared for climate change. It has long been a moral responsibility to limit our use of and divest from fossil fuels. Increasingly so, fossil fuels are a poor investment. Do your part UNF. Divest.
  • I signed because the science is clear. The burning of fossil fuels is not something our planet can take. Investing in the fossil fuel industry is tantamount to saying you don't care about the environment, and you don't care about the millions and millions of people and animals that will be (and are already being) negatively impacted by man-made climate change. This is an opportunity for UNF to be a leader in not only our own community but for other universities across the country.
  • UNF is not as advanced as it should be. The institution should be investing in the future, which includes a green energy market, and divesting from the past - fossil fuels.


2013-10-30 10:28:17 -0400

100 signatures reached

2013-09-22 18:39:05 -0400

50 signatures reached

2013-08-08 19:14:07 -0400

25 signatures reached

2013-07-28 21:59:58 -0400

10 signatures reached