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To: President John E. Thrasher

Florida State University: Go Fossil Free!

Florida State University: Go Fossil Free!

Because the burning and extraction of fossil fuels is damaging to public and environmental health, I oppose the FSU’s foundation’s current investments in fossil fuel industries. I support the movement calling for the FSU Foundation to allocate more of its investments towards cleaner and safer renewable energy technologies.

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 hurricanes, which impacted hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country hundreds of billions of dollars. Hurricane Sandy alone caused $50 billion in damages.

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 Florida State University 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 Florida State University will not only be a sound decision for our institution’s financial portfolio, but also for the well being of its current and future graduating classes, who deserve the opportunity to graduate with a future not defined by climate chaos.

Florida State University

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2016-09-21 22:42:00 -0400

100 signatures reached

2016-03-25 13:41:03 -0400

50 signatures reached