To: The University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett, the University of Sheffield Executive Board, the Chief Financial Officer Mr Robert Rabone, and the Investment Group Chairman David E. Young.

Fossil Free Sheffield

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Camilla Zerr
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 350.org 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 pandp@sheffield.ac.uk,
check our website http://sheffieldpeopleandplanet.weebly.com/
or join our facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/468830603226255/?fref=ts

Why is this important?

As said so effectively by 350.org - "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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Reasons for signing

  • Universities need to be setting an example to others, they should be using their resources to explore and invest in green energy.
  • For the sake of future generations
  • As a former member of staff at Sheffield University for many years I am very concerned that some of my pension may be being used to invest in environmentally unsustainable fossil fuel production. This is bad for the planet and also bad for the value of the USS pension fund when the bubble finally bursts on this highly toxic asset class.

Updates

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/1650148455209896/.

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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/to-divest-or-not-to-divest-that-is-the-question-tickets-18867878332

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