To: President Boren

University of Oklahoma: 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 University of Oklahoma 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 University of Oklahoma 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 University of Oklahoma 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.

OU has thus far shown that it has the desire to become a more sustainable university and has put policies in place to achieve that goal. We hope that OU continues this effort by continuing the mission of being a more sustainable university. If OU divests from fossil fuels then it is showing that it is committed to not only making the campus sustainable and environmentally friendly but also the rest of the world.

Thank you,

University of Oklahoma

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Reasons for signing

  • While he's slamming Gov. Fallin's funding cuts to higher education, his friends at the Oklahoma Legislature are doing the dirty work by giving away money to corporations and cutting taxes on the state's highest earners. He is involved in this dangerous game of gambling away our future whild students are paying higher fees and tuition and accruing massive levels of debt that will take decades to escape from.
  • The "bottom line" is the only language short-sighted fossil fuel companies speak. Divestiture worked with S. Africa in the 80s. We will make it happen again. The Exxon Bubble will burst.
  • I am tired of paying a heavier price than those making a fortune at the expense of everyone else!!

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