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To: President Randy J. Dunn and the SIU Board of Trustees

Divest Southern Illinois University from Fossil Fuels

Divest Southern Illinois University from Fossil Fuels

As public pressure to confront climate change builds, we call on Southern Illinois 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 our 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.

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.

How it will be delivered

We will deliver all signatures in person.

Southern Illinois University, Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL, United States

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Reasons for signing

  • I am a student at Northern Illinois University and my environmental group Green Paws and a non profit here in dekalb, 350Kishwaukee are attempting to get NIU to divest from fossil fuel companies. So I am giving you guys support for trying to do the same with your school. Goodluck!


2017-06-15 17:27:08 -0400

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