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We have provided templates below for emails to urge Princeton to divest the endowment from fossil fuels and to help reach out and tell your fellow classmates about the campaign.
Here's our one page Divestment Elevator Pitch with links to key articles.
Email your friends and ask them to support divestment by signing the open letter and endorsing the campaign.
Feel free to use and adapt our template below.
I just wanted to let you know that I've recently signed the open letter to Pres. Eisgruber urging PU to divest from its fossil fuel interests. We don't know how much of the $26 billion endowment portfolio is invested in fossil fuel companies because PRINCO will not make that information available. We do know that Princeton does not engage in shareholder activism and has refused to join Climate Action 100+. We also know that PU has a disassociation policy when divesting from companies but the Andlinger Center is taking money from BP and ExxonMobil which makes it more likely that PU has some portion of the portfolio invested in fossil fuels. Over 1700 have signed already including alumni from seven decades. Hundreds of current students have also signed and nearly 40 campus organizations have publicly endorsed the campaign along with over 60 faculty and staff.
Here is a one pager with links to some of the articles and questions that I found relevant as I made up my mind. I urge you to visit the Divest Princeton website and consider signing the letter to Pres. Eisgruber for Princeton and the planet.
Write an email to the Resources Committee and President Eisgruber urging Princeton to divest from fossil fuels.
It is especially important to let the Resources Committee know that you support divestment because they are currently reviewing the formal proposal submitted by Divest Princeton on February 13, 2020. If the Committee determines that Princeton should divest from fossil fuels, they will send this recommendation to the Board of Trustees, which has the authority to make the final decision. When Princeton disassociated from Darfur investments in 2006, the Resources Committee cited "considerable, thoughtful, and sustained" campus interest and widespread consensus - our actions matter. Feel free to use and adapt the template below.
President Christopher Eisgruber
Resources Committee of the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC)
Email: ; CC
My name is _____. I am a member of the Class of ____ / an alumni / a parent of a student / faculty / staff member. I am concerned about the climate crisis and the climate related disasters that we are seeing around the world.
I am writing to you in support of Divest Princeton, a group of concerned students, alumni, and faculty at Princeton University. Given the climate crisis that is overwhelming communities around the world, we are advocating Princeton University divest all its fossil fuel assets. While Princeton has made some effort to combat climate change through its research, the university needs to join the growing tide of universities, foundations, and other institutions in fully divesting its endowment from fossil fuels. Institutions like the Rockefeller Foundation, the University of California system, and the City of San Francisco, among many others, have already made such a commitment.
In October 2019, Divest Princeton launched its campaign with a pledge from Princeton current and future alumni to withhold donations from Princeton until the university divests its $26.1 billion endowment from fossil fuels. Future and current alumni from the Class of 1960 to the Class of 2024 have signed.
I am writing to ask you to support fossil fuel divestment and to make sure Princeton does not profit from and worsen the climate crisis. I hope that you will take the time to consider this issue in depth before the Resources Committee makes a recommendation about the proposal submitted by Divest Princeton.
[Name, Class Year]