We’ve talked about 350.0rg’s Fossil Free Divestment Campaign before and think it’s worth mentioning again. Since this movement started, colleges from all over the world have started to divest their endowments away from fossil fuels.
Just in case your school hasn’t gone Fossil Free yet, here is more information straight from the Fossil Free website where you can download a tool kit:
Fossil Free: A Campus Guide to Divestment
So far, It’s time to take a stand. Extreme weather events around the world — the floods, droughts, and wildfires that are ravaging our planet — make it clear that climate change is no longer a future threat: it’s clear and present danger. We have the solutions to solve this crisis, but so far, our politicians have refused the rise to the challenge.
The reason is clear. Every year, the fossil fuel industry spends millions of dollars to corrupt our democracy and maintain a stranglehold over our economy. Three simple numbers make it clear why. If we’re going to limit warming to 2°C, a goal that even the most conservative governments in the world have agreed to meet, then we can only burn 565 gigatons more of carbon dioxide. But the fossil fuel industry has 2,765 gigatons of carbon in their reserves – nearly five times the safe amount – and every day they’re searching for more.
A global movement is coming together to challenge the fossil fuel industry in a fight for the planet and our future on it. This activist guide – written by 350.org with help from our many allies – aims to provide specific ideas, tactics, and resources to help you lead this movement.
Colleges and universities are leading the way. Students have always been key to movements of conscience, and this fight is no different.
Institutions of higher education are charged with preparing their students for lifetimes of work and service. But if those institutions are invested in fossil fuel companies, then students’ educations are being subsidized by investments that guarantee they won’t have much of a planet on which to make use of their degrees.
Colleges and universities rush to launch greening initiatives, sustainability offices, and environmental curricula, but it makes no sense to green the campus and not the portfolio. Fossil fuel divestment is a reasonable next step — and it’s the right thing to do.
Is your campus ready to divest from fossil fuels? Get involved. Start a petition. Join the movement.