PETITION: DIVEST VANDERBILT FROM FOSSIL FUELS
Dear Chancellor Diermeier,

Climate change is an ๐ž๐ฑ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ to society and demands immediate and transformative actions by individuals, governments, and institutions such as Vanderbilt University. (tinyurl.com/y9jxdc39)

We, the undersigned, therefore propose that Vanderbilt:

๐Ÿ. ๐ˆ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ณ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ž๐ฅ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ฌ, ๐š๐ง๐

๐Ÿ. ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ‘ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ, ๐š๐ง๐

๐Ÿ‘. ๐‘๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐›๐จ๐ง-๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ.

We hope you will join us in accelerating Vanderbilt's effort to stand on the right side of this historic ๐ž๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ, ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐จ๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ง๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐œ, and ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž issue. (tinyurl.com/y4vrkjjo)

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ!

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Why Divest?
Up to now, Vanderbilt has primarily approached the climate crisis from a mainstream, business-as-usual, incrementalist approach by ๐๐ž๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง on carbon neutrality to 2050. (tinyurl.com/y4lkdpbz)

However, if even a third of existing global carbon reserves are burned prior to 2050, it will be ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ ๐ ๐ฅ๐จ๐›๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž to less than 2 degrees C, causing widespread violence and suffering. (tinyurl.com/y6b679sd)

In order to faithfully realize the FutureVU core principles of Sustainability and 'Being a Good Citizen' to the greater Nashville area, ๐•๐š๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฃ๐จ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฉ ๐”.๐’. ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ, as soon as possible, in releasing a forceful statement of a plan to divest. (tinyurl.com/vxzu7vp)

Vanderbilt demonstrated as recently as 2013 that it ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ our endowment (tinyurl.com/y3lzwpve) from unethical enterprises that ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ (tinyurl.com/y4xhd2ft). In addition, our ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ find that fossil fuel divestment will not negatively affect the endowmentโ€™s bottom-line. (tinyurl.com/y278h4cu)

As such, we hope the Board of Trust Investment Committee will join us in accelerating Vanderbilt's effort to stand on the right side of this historic ๐ž๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ, ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐จ๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ง๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐œ, and ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž issue. (tinyurl.com/y4vrkjjo)

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ!
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