To: President James P. Clements

West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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.

West Virginia University is deeply invested in fossil-fuels such as coal and natural gas, energy resources that are known causes of increased carbon dioxide released in our atmosphere. It is our duty as informed, educated citizens to minimize our impacts on climate change. We need to do what is right not only for ourselves but for future generations.

West Virginia University

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Reasons for signing

  • I have a 6 year old son and he will pay the price for our inaction. That is immoral!!!
  • Save our farms from global warming so we all can eat.
  • I signed because I want West Virginia's academic institutions to be leaders in planning for energy transition - to sustainable and renewable fuel sources like solar, wind and hydro power, as opposed to continuing to maintain the status quo of fossil fuel extraction and burning.

Updates

2013-08-17 16:49:29 -0400

25 signatures reached