Fossil Free UC Divestment, May 2015


Scientist have told us that we cannot pass the 2 degree global temperature increase from pre-industrial levels, if we want to avoid climate catastrophe over the coming century. In order to stay under that 2 degree increase, fossil fuel companies could only extract and burn 20% of their available reserves; but that is not what the fossil fuel industry has planned. What can average people like you and I do to affect a trillion dollar industry on which much of our economy is based? Alden Phinney and Margaux Schindler suggest that divesting might be one of the most actionable ways by which to affect the fossil fuel industry, and that it is the responsibility of the UC system to be the leader that it claims to be in forging a sustainable future.

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