Happy December, Divest Carleton community!
In 2019, we have added 264 new names to the alumni divestment petition, for a current total of 1610! These include several current students as well as Carleton family and friends, in addition to 245 alumni. 1509 living alumni, representing 68 class years, have now signed the petition.
We thought it would be interesting to do an analysis of which classes currently have the most signatures on the petition and which added the most names over the last year. We hope this encourages you to reach out to your classmates and friends to join our movement! The stronger we get, the louder our voice, and the more of an impact we can make in pushing Carleton to divest its endowment from fossil fuels.
On July 18, 2019, forty-seven Carleton alumni emailed a simple request to President Poskanzer.
Dear President Poskanzer,
We write to urge you to add Carleton’s name to a Climate Emergency Letter to be shared with key government officials and the media prior to this September’s UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit. This letter has been organized by the EAUC (the Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education), the UN Environment’s Youth and Education Alliance, and Second Nature. Carleton is a member of Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Network. Continue reading
We are a committed group of alumni and students calling on Carleton College to divest its endowment from the 200 largest fossil fuel companies. We join students at more than 300 colleges and universities around the country in asking our administration to take the next step toward real action on climate change.
In order to combat climate change, we need significant national policies aimed at cutting emissions. Currently, the fossil fuel industry has enormous influence on U.S. politics through political campaign contributions and the funding of lobbyists. The divestment campaign aims to lessen the political influence of fossil fuel companies by targeting the industry’s reputation to make it a less enticing source of campaign funds. Divestment aims to change the way the public, governments, and investors view fossil fuel companies in order to create a political climate where large-scale action on climate change is feasible.