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To: Chancellor Gary Miller, the Chancellor's Council of Trustees, and other university leaders

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay: Divest from Fossil Fuels!

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay: Divest from Fossil Fuels!

We are issuing a formal demand that UWGB divest from fossil fuels, a sector which includes oil, coal and natural gas. We would like to see the university begin developing a formal plan to divest as soon as possible.

Why is this important?

Climate change is widely agreed by the scientists and policymakers who understand it best to be the most significant threat facing humanity, both now and in the long term. Climate change poses many severe, wide-ranging and complicated ecological and human issues, and is a problem that is not going to disappear anytime soon. Indeed, it will only continue to worsen if the status quo is maintained and we continue down the same destructive path that we have been on since the dawn of the industrial era.

However, there is hope. By significantly altering the way in which our society operates, we can reduce the negative impacts of climate change and protect our species and our planet from destruction. One such way to do this here on campus is through divestment, or the selling of university investments tied up in the fossil fuel industry. This includes companies whose primary business involves the extraction, refinement, distribution, or any other type of direct business engagement with fossil fuels, a category which is made up of the natural resources of oil, coal, and natural gas. These investments in the fossil fuel industry are oftentimes in enormous international corporations whose activities frequently wreak havoc on the environment and various peoples around the globe.

By divesting, we would send a powerful message that we do not agree with the blind continuation of a fossil-fuel based society, and that we will not stand idly by while business as usual continues to ravage the planet. At the same time, we would be freeing up university resources to instead invest in more sustainable and forward-thinking companies. Through partaking in this divestment process, we would be living up to our nickname of "Eco-U" and helping to ensure a cleaner, safer, and overall brighter future for everyone.

UWGB, Green Bay, WI, United States

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Reasons for signing

  • Fossil fuels are going to run out completely in the near future. Climate change is a major concern for current and future generations. It only makes sense to switch over to clean, renewable energy sources to power the facilities around campus. A few solar panels or wind turbines at the start can go a long way and if we can get to a point where the campus runs completely on renewable energy, it would set an example for the rest of the community.
  • We are faced right now, as UWGB students, with a major problem: Our school is funding fossil fuel companies. The right step our "ECO-U" needs to take is towards sustainable companies not ones that may ultimately be ruled out. We need to live up our ECO-U name given to us by Harper’s Magazine, Newsweek and other national and regional media in the early 1970s. DIVESTMENT is the way to go.
  • I signed to help encourage the transition away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy and a more sustainable and pleasant future.


2017-02-01 15:25:28 -0500

500 signatures reached

2016-10-30 16:21:49 -0400

100 signatures reached

2016-10-26 21:50:28 -0400

50 signatures reached

2016-10-26 17:35:10 -0400

25 signatures reached

2016-10-26 17:35:09 -0400

10 signatures reached