To: President Beck:

Lawrence University: Go Fossil Free!

Because it is unconscionable to pay for our education with investments that will condemn the planet to climate disaster, we call on Lawrence 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.

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 $50bn 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. As public pressure to confront climate change builds, we call on Lawrence 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 Lawrence 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.

Lawrence University, East John Street, Appleton, WI, United States

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Reasons for signing

  • I'm a prospective student. I'm really impressed in Lawrence's sustainability action. I want Lawrence to practice what it preaches. Also this campaign needs to be bigger because I asked admissions if there was a campaign and they weren't aware of it!
  • The fossil fuel business has too much power, and they are not using it responsibly
  • LU is a great example of sustainability being fun, profitable and educational. I wrote a petition that freed the quad from pesticides. Soon we were composting food scraps and the green organizations flourished. Let's keep it up!

Updates

2015-01-10 15:08:30 -0500

25 signatures reached

2013-12-17 22:32:10 -0500

10 signatures reached