Divest University of Illinois System from Fossil Fuel Corporations

Divest University of Illinois System from Fossil Fuel Corporations

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Alec Van Patten started this petition to University of Illinois System

Fossil Free UIUC fights for the University of Illinois System to remove the hundreds of millions of dollars it has invested in fossil fuel corporations. As a public institution, the University of Illinois should not be profiting off investments from fossil fuel companies that have led to the acceleration of climate change, through the emission of greenhouse gases. Climate change is a large contributor to habitat degradation, environmental racism, and social injustice. It is not just an issue of morals and environmental longevity, it is also financially irresponsible to be invested in these companies. The University of California System pulled its investments this September because a financial report deemed their investments too risky. We demand that the University of Illinois System follows suit. 

In the past, Fossil Free UIUC has successfully passed a Student Senate referendum which gained 85% of the student body's support for coal divestment. The Faculty Senate then passed the same resolution urging coal divestment. In 2017, The Committee on Socially Responsible Licensing formally advised Chancellor Jones to divest from coal. Additionally, the Student Senate has urged full fossil fuel divestment by passing another Student Senate resolution and 3/4 of the student body supports immediate fossil fuel divestment.

Fossil Free UIUC would like to request your support for our campaign. By signing this petition you are supporting our 10-year fight to divest from fossil fuels and stop the University of Illinois System from profiting off immoral companies whose actions have contributed to the disastrous consequences of climate change.  

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