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To: President & Board of Regents of Memorial University

Go Fossil Free!

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John Curtis
Go Fossil Free!

As public pressure to confront climate change builds, we call on Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador 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. With increasing frequency and severity we are witnessing the impacts of a warming planet. 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. As an institution that educates students on global environmental concerns, Memorial University has a particular responsibility to lead by example and be a pioneer in the movement for a sustainable future.

Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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Reasons for signing

  • The earlier we do this, the better. Time is of the essence.
  • Climate change requires urgent action. Also because is too exposed to oil price risk as it is, we shouldn't invest in oil.
  • Memorial prides itself on innovation and its obligation to the people of NL, yet it continues to take money from oil extractors, to promote a futureless industry, and to engage in research and growth that is bad for our people, our climate, and the global community. I would love to brag about my alma mater’s sustainable initiatives, to come from an institution that focuses on regenerating environments, not mitigating damage. I want MUN to be the school it can, should, and sometimes claims to be.


2014-11-05 11:35:27 -0500

100 signatures reached

2014-10-08 09:39:05 -0400

50 signatures reached

2014-10-01 10:48:38 -0400

25 signatures reached

2014-10-01 09:23:52 -0400

10 signatures reached