Dear alumni supporter of Divest Carleton:
As you know, we have been working for three years to get the Board of Trustees to vote to divest from fossil fuels. We have circulated petitions, done campus rallies, teach-ins and tabling at alumni events. We’ve written letters in the Carletonian, and had articles written about us. And we’ve made progress in moving the issue of divestment from the back burner to a focus of discussion in the Carleton community.
This fall, the Board’s own committee (Carleton Responsible Investment Committee, or CRIC) made a recommendation to the Board that they divest from direct holdings in fossil fuels. (Read their recommendation here: http://apps.carleton.edu/governance/cric/divest/cricreport/). (Double click on the link and then click on the “Related Documents” box.)
On November 10, the Board of Trustees released their decision to reject CRIC’s recommendation and refuse to divest. (You can read their response here: http://apps.carleton.edu/governance/cric/divest/boardresponse/)
We are not going to let the Board’s refusal be the last word. We are going to continue to raise awareness of this issue and to take action toward it. Look for lots of new, and more insistent, actions in the coming months.
You can help!
Right now, you are probably getting solicitations to contribute to the Annual Fund. We are asking that you decline to contribute. And not just that you decline, but that you send a note in that return envelope, saying why you decline. It is important that Carleton know that they lose not only money on the bad investment in fossil fuels, but also the contributions of concerned alumni. Please find that letter, and that envelope, and vote against the Board’s decision with your wallet.
If you want to do more, you can direct your donation to the Carleton College Fossil Free Fund instead. (You can find a link to information about the fund and the online donation portal here: https://giveresponsibly.nationbuilder.com/carleton). We value donations of any size, because numbers of donors is as important as amounts of donations. We need to let the College know that there is money available to them, just waiting for a different decision, and that many, many alumni care about this.
We cannot let this drop. The future depends on us keeping as much fossil fuel in the ground as possible, and on changing the culture of acceptance of dirty fuels. We’ll be working on it; we look forward to your help. If you have questions or comments, or would like to do more to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org