To: University of York Management

Divest York from Fossil Fuels

Divest York from Fossil Fuels

We want the University of York to pledge to completely divest from Fossil Fuels in line with their ethical investment policy which states:

“The University will not knowingly invest in companies whose activities include practices which directly pose a risk of serious harm to individuals or groups, or whose activities are inconsistent with the mission and values of the University.”

Why is this important?

The University is failing in this commitment to not knowingly invest in companies whose practices pose a risk of harm to individuals or groups.

The combustion of fossil fuels is responsible for 87% of all human carbon dioxide emissions which drastically contributes to anthropogenic climate change which in turn kills approximately 600,000 people yearly.

As of last calculations, the University of York has £217000 invested in Fossil Fuels, and with 68 Universities already having pledged their commitment to divest from Fossil Fuels -including our rivals York St. John, it's about time the University of York did the same.

The University of Edinburgh has divested over £6.3 million from fossil fuels, surely York can divest £217000.

University of York, Heslington, United Kingdom

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Reasons for signing

  • If not us, then who?

Updates

2018-10-05 12:38:20 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2018-03-06 08:47:11 -0500

500 signatures reached

2017-07-15 16:56:21 -0400

100 signatures reached

2017-02-02 10:36:52 -0500

50 signatures reached

2016-12-01 18:31:00 -0500

25 signatures reached

2016-11-25 09:22:13 -0500

10 signatures reached