Open Letter in Support of UO Fossil Fuel Divestment this Week

The University Senate on January 14, 2015, voted unanimously in support of a student-sponsored resolution, asking the UO Foundation to sell its holding in fossil fuel extraction companies.

United Academics invites all faculty to sign an open letter, demonstrating their support for divestment. The letter will be released on February 13, to coincide with Global Divestment Days, a set of coordinated actions around the world, including a Rally at Johnson Hall on the 13th.  To sign the letter, click here.

The fossil fuel divestment movement has become a global phenomenon over the past few years, with 25 institutions of higher education, 35 municipalities, and 70 religious institutions partially or fully committed to divestment .  The most recent full divestment is by The New School of New York City. Stanford also recently announced it would divest from coal.

A large majority of University of Oregon students, 73 percent, voted in 2014 for a non-binding resolution, asking UO to divest from fossil fuels within five years. The successful student campaign prominently used the slogan "Where's the snow, bro?" –a slogan even more apt this winter.

Many faculty have joined the students arguing institutions of higher education need to lead science-based political change in order to uphold the University's mission, which states in part, "We work at a human scale to generate big ideas. As a community of scholars, we help individuals question critically, think logically, reason effectively, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically."

United Academics encourages faculty to sign on in support of this initiative. Please, also, encourage your colleagues, including staff and student leaders, to sign as well. Students are hoping to collect many signatures this week, by the evening of the February 12.

Please encourage students to sign: http://campaigns.gofossilfree.org/petitions/university-of-oregon.

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