Petition to ask Michigan Technological University to divest all funds from the fossil fuel industry
Michigan Technological University has positioned itself as a leader in the innovations of the 21st century. We believe that one of the most important of these innovations will be the transition to a global zero-emission economy. Therefore, we ask that Michigan Tech :

(1) ๐—œ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ their investment portfolio,

(2) ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜ new investments into the fossil fuel industry,

(3) ๐——๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ-๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ from any current fossil fuel investments, and consider the reinvestment of these funds to be an opportunity to support environmental and social justice, and

(4) ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ with the student body, faculty, staff, and community members.

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Keweenaw Youth for Climate Action
We all deserve a healthy planet with clean, breathable air, drinkable water, and thriving, biodiverse ecosystems. Climate change poses a serious crisis to the well-being of our planet, and this crisis must be solved by ceasing to consume fossil fuels.

Locally, climate change is already impacting, or is projected to impact:

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜:

Lake Superior is one of the fastest warming lakes in the world. Climate change affects (or is expected to affect) the lake in various ways, including reducing ice cover and increasing susceptibility to invasive species and algal blooms.

๐—–๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€:

Sugar maples are projected to lose most of their habitat, endangering traditions of making maple syrup and sugar.

Oil pipelines in the local area (Line 5 and Line 3) threaten Ottawa and Chippewa wild rice fields, forests, waters and Indigenous Treaty agreements.

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜†:

The โ€œFatherโ€™s Day floodโ€ of June 17, 2018, cost Houghton around $30 million in infrastructure damages. Extreme weather events such as this storm are predicted to increase in frequency.

Fluctuating water levels across the Great Lakes wreak havoc on business, beaches, and homes.

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป:

Many beloved winter sports and recreational activities, such as skiing, snowshoeing, sled-dog racing, and MTU-specific events such as the Winter Carnival snow sculpture competition and broomball, are threatened by a warming climate.


๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜ƒ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜†๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—น๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/lake-superior-fast-warming-1.5277713

Superior Watershed Partnership, Lake Superior Climate Adaptation, Mitigation, and Implementation Plan. https://superiorwatersheds.org/admin/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Lake-Superior-Climate-Adaptation-Mitigation-and-Implementation-Plan.pdf

Journal of Limnology, Climate Projection of Lake Superior Under a Future Warming Scenario. doi: 10.4081/jlimnol.2019.1902

Article, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, 3/5/19 https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/6293-tribes-adamant-decommission-line-5

Article, https://energynews.us/2018/10/08/midwest/we-were-here-first-tribes-say-line-5-pipeline-tunnel-ignores-treaty-rights/

US Forest Service, models for habitat of sugar maple under various climate change scenarios.
https://www.fs.fed.us/nrs/atlas/tree/summary-change.php?spp=318

Report, Houghton Count y Road Commission, Houghton County Flood Disaster.
http://www.houghtoncountyroads.org/docs/flood_presentation.pdf
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