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URI, RIC, CCRI: Divest from fossil fuels

The earth is warming rapidly, we must act now to avoid the worst of climate change. The average temperature in the U.S. has increased by about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since 1895, with more than 80% of the increase occurring since 1980 [1]. Moreover, extreme weather events during the middle of the 20th century covered much less than 1% of Earth's surface. Shockingly, now extreme weather events such as floods, wildfires and hurricanes reach 10% of our planet.[2] The extraction and burning of fossil fuels are clearly and directly associated with greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change and this extreme weather. We must act now to avoid our own destruction.


While the leadership of URI, RIC and CCRI claim to be responsible stewards of the environment, their endowment funds continue to invest in fossil fuels. All investments in fossil fuels contribute to fundamentally unsustainable practices, both in terms of climate change and toxic pollution, which threaten the social and environmental well-being of all societies. Leadership in sustainability requires that an institution enact policies beyond what other similar institutions have put in place.


We urge the Rhode Island Board of Education to take a strong stance on climate change and act as leaders by divesting from fossil fuels. Furthermore we encourage all Rhode Islanders, including the state legislature and executive to join us in this movement to divest; a movement that is critical for the future of our civilization.


[1] "National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC) Draft Report." 11 Jan 2013. U.S. Global Change Research Program.


[2] James Hansen, Makiko Satoa, and Reto Ruedy: "Perception of Climate Change." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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  • Rhode Island Board of Education
  • Nancy Carriuolo
  • Ray Di Pasquale
  • David Dooley

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Be Responsible, Divest from Fossil Fuels

Greetings [Decision Maker],

The earth is warming rapidly, we must act now to avoid the worst of climate change. The average temperature in the U.S. has increased by about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since 1895, with more than 80% of the increase occurring since 1980. Moreover, extreme weather events during the middle of the 20th century covered much less than 1% of Earth's surface. Shockingly, now extreme weather events such as floods, wildfires and hurricanes reach 10% of our planet. The extraction and burning of fossil fuels are clearly and directly associated with greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change and this extreme weather. We must act now to avoid our own destruction.

While the leadership of URI, RIC and CCRI claim to be responsible stewards of the environment, their endowment funds continue to invest in fossil fuels. All investments in fossil fuels contribute to fundamentally unsustainable practices, both in terms of climate change and toxic pollution, which threaten the social and environmental well-being of all societies. Leadership in sustainability requires that an institution enact policies beyond what other similar institutions have put in place.

We urge the Rhode Island Board of Education and Presidents Dooley, Carriuolo, and Di Pasquale to take a strong stance on climate change and act as leaders by divesting from fossil fuels. Furthermore we encourage all Rhode Islanders, including the state legislature and executive to join us in this movement to divest; a movement that is critical for the future of our civilization.

Sincerely,
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