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To: UWA Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson

Divest University of Western Australia from Fossil Fuels

Divest University of Western Australia from Fossil Fuels

1. Immediately freeze any new investment in fossil-fuel companies;
2. Divest within five years from direct ownership in and from any managed funds that include fossil-fuel companies;
3. Commit to full disclosure of the carbon exposure of its investments and provide regular public reports of its progress towards 1 and 2.

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 wild fires which impacted hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country hundreds of billions of dollars. 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 the University of Western Australia 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 the University of Western Australia will be a sound decision for our institution’s financial portfolio because it is financially (and morally) unjustified to invest in assets that will become stranded and guarantee dangerous climate change. In addition it is unconscionable to pay for our education with investments that will condemn both the planet to climate disaster and current and future graduating classes to a future defined by climate chaos.

For the good of our students and our nation, and to preserve the quality of life for this and future generations worldwide, we call upon you to join a growing movement of schools around the country that are committed to preventing a more extreme climate by moving the University of Western Australia endowment beyond fossil fuels.

The University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia, Australia

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Reasons for signing

  • As a former student who campaigns passionately for a fairer, better world and a sustainable clean energy future.
  • As a former nurse, a Post Grad student of Climate Policy at Curtin Uni and alumnus of Murdoch Uni i know rapid global decarbonisation is required and Divestment from fossil fuel investment is powering that transition.


2015-03-04 09:54:06 -0500

At UWA O-day over 150 students signed the petition requesting UWA divest from fossil fuels! Clearly students want their degrees fossil free and rightly so! It is morally wrong use student fees to fund and profit from the dirty fossil fuel industry, only to send graduates out into a world defined by climate chaos.
We need UWA students, staff and alumnus to stand together and support the fastest growing divestment campaign ever! Join fossil free UWA today because climate change is everyone's business.

2015-02-27 06:47:04 -0500

100 signatures reached

2015-02-09 06:40:36 -0500

50 signatures reached

2015-02-04 09:02:26 -0500

25 signatures reached

2014-11-04 11:04:49 -0500

10 signatures reached