As public pressure to confront climate change builds, we call on Trinity College, University of Dublin, and its subsidiaries to immediately freeze any new investment in fossil-fuel companies, and to divest within five years from direct ownership and from any commingled funds that include fossil-fuel public equities and corporate bonds. We believe such action on behalf of our University will not only be a sound decision for our institution’s financial portfolio, but also for the well being of its current and future graduating classes, who deserve the opportunity to graduate with a future not defined by climate chaos. SIGN HERE
Climate change is accelerating. We are witnessing the increasing impacts of a warming planet more and more consistently; increased frequency and intensity of floods, droughts, hurricanes and heat waves have led to trillions of dollars worth of damages each year. Furthermore, the cost of climate change is not being spread evenly or respective of culpability. In fact, those least responsible for creating climate change are those who will be forced bear the most extreme effects of it. Experts agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic climate disasters. The scientific consensus is clear and overwhelming; we cannot burn 60-80% of global fossil-fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years.