Portland State University: Go Fossil Free!

To: President Wim Wiewel,

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

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  • Fiona M. 2015-04-07 22:32:18 -0400
    Divesting from fossil fuels is a very, very important step towards reducing our carbon footprint. The same "dirty" money that's already placed into fossil fuels investments should be divested and placed into finding green energy planning! This is the future of our Earth!
  • Stephanie P. 2014-07-21 14:40:08 -0400
    Fossil fuels should no longer be allowed to pollute our atmosphere!
  • Elizabeth M. 2014-05-19 16:36:26 -0400
    Portland State is a leader in Sustainability. Let's keep it that way.

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