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To: President & Board of Trustees

Trinity University: Divest from Fossil Fuels!

Trinity University: Divest from Fossil Fuels!

As public pressure to confront the climate crisis builds, we call on Trinity 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 wellbeing 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?

The climate crisis 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 heating 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.

Updates

2019-09-20 14:46:51 -0400

Right now, we are in the beginning stages of organizing and will definitely need more people enthusiastic about this issue to help. Personally, I am now reaching out to various professors to discuss the financial and organizational implications of divestment.

If you want to help organize, text me at (626) 823-7302 or email me at ethankcrane@gmail.com (w/ a non-school email because I have no idea what surveillance capabilities the school has and could potentially abuse).