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To: Chancellor Gareth Evans and Vice-Chancellor Ian Young

Divest the Rest For a Fossil Free ANU

Divest the Rest For a Fossil Free ANU

Sign this petition to tell the ANU to DIVEST THE REST:

Evans and Young, it's time for ANU to act with dignity and divest from fossil fuels.

1) Investigate and disclose the full carbon exposure of its investments;

2) Stop any new investments in fossil fuel extraction;

3) Develop a plan to move its portfolio away from fossil fuels towards cleaner solutions.

Why is this important?

UPDATE: ANU's divestment decision makes it a climate leader? Think again.

Last year ANU attracted a torrent of community support, after it stood up to the divestment bullies. But the reality is ANU only sold shares in 7 resources companies, only 2 of which were in the fossil fuel industry. It held onto shares in the biggest and dirtiest oil and coal companies.

As the climate crisis escalates, so does the global divestment movement. ANU should be a climate leader. But it has to earn it - time to Divest the Rest!

Previously, we wrote:
ANU is a recognised leader on sustainability research and teaching. It has numerous commitments to sustainable development, both on campus and in broader activities.

So why on this threatened earth does ANU keep investing in coal, oil and coal seam gas?

It's unacceptable and, frankly, embarrassing. But ANU can turn this around. It's time to show some leadership on this vital issue and become the first Australian University to go fossil free.

How it will be delivered

In person to the Vice Chancellor.

Chancelry Close, Acton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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Reasons for signing

  • There is no doubt that the ANU has been run more as a business than a center of academia. Business argues that there are short term profits in fossil fuels where academia points to the long term consequences and how unethical investing in fossil fuels truly is. It is time academia started to take back the university.
  • Ethical reasons
  • we've just gotta get our butts off the ground and act right now, yes! absolutely, this very minute! Or else we're done!


2014-06-28 01:00:50 -0400

1,000 signatures reached