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To: The University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor

Fossil Free Sheffield

Campaign created by
Camilla Zerr

🎉🎉 VICTORY! In November 2015 People & Planet announced that the University of Sheffield has divested from all fossil fuel companies!

An absolutely huge congratulations to Sheffield People & Planet for their tenacity & commitment to climate justice. Without them this win would not have been possible.

Now students are demanding Sheffield aligns its careers services with its green image & excludes oil, gas & mining companies from student recruitment. The campaign was recently successful in mandating the Student Union boycott all extractive industry recruitment, but now they need your support to boost the campaign.

📢 Add your voice & amplify the call for Fossil Free Careers here

Keep us winning 👉

Fossil Free Sheffield

Provisional estimates show that Sheffield University invests approximately 10% of its £30 million total investments in fossil fuel companies. We are in the process of updating these numbers to more accurate calculations.

Sheffield University students, along with many other UK University students, have decided to take on the fossil fuel industry by getting our University to go Fossil Free. This means we want Sheffield University to stop investing in the top 200 fossil fuel companies. People & Planet -- Britain's largest student activist network -- has joined forces with and Operation Noah to bring the campaign that has been sweeping across North American to the UK.

We call on Sheffield University's Vice-Chancellor and University Executive Board to:
•Make an immediate statement of principle, expressing its intention to divest its holdings in fossil fuel companies within five years, and immediately stop any new investments in the fossil fuel industry,
•Instruct its investment managers, Sarasin & Partners to eliminate our exposure to carbon stranded assets under the current investment portfolio,
•Instruct Sarasin & Partners to wind down the University’s existing holdings in the fossil fuel industry over the next 12 months.

If you would to get involved or have any questions about this campaign,
email us at [email protected],
check our website
or join our facebook group

Why is this important?

As said so effectively by - "It’s simple math: we can emit 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Burning the fossil fuel that corporations now have in their reserves would result in emitting 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide – five times the safe amount."

Sheffield, United Kingdom

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2022-04-20 09:27:03 -0400

Petition is successful with 2,439 signatures

2015-10-11 07:03:36 -0400

Thank you for showing your support for our Fossil Free Sheffield campaign asking the University of Sheffield to stop investing in fossil fuel companies by signing our Fossil Free Sheffield petition!

We would like to invite you to the Fossil Free Debate which is taking place at the University of Sheffield as a result of People & Planet’s campaigning this Wednesday 14th October at 18h in The Diamond

We see this event as (hopefully) the culmination of our campaign, at which the decision as to whether the University of Sheffield will divest from fossil fuels or not will become clear, via a public vote at the end of the debate.

Come and join us to vote YES to divestment – all you need to do is book a *free* place here

Thank you, and hope to see you on Wednesday with Fossil Free-ness in your heart!

Camilla and the P&P committee.

2014-12-04 07:37:58 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2014-10-10 09:31:03 -0400

500 signatures reached

2014-02-14 07:53:11 -0500

100 signatures reached

2014-02-14 07:42:28 -0500

50 signatures reached

2014-02-11 11:56:51 -0500

25 signatures reached

2014-02-08 08:30:14 -0500

10 signatures reached