Graduating with a degree and a message
My graduation was a moment I had been working towards for four and a half years. As I leaned in to shake the hand of the Deputy Chancellor, I asked him to do what he can to divest our university from fossil fuels. Then, I pulled a banner out of my sleeve.
As graduates of the Bachelor of Environments, we have learnt about climate change, and how we all have a role to play in tackling it. Unfortunately, our University is investing $78 million in the companies whose very business model is predicated on wrecking our climate and plunging humanity into a cascade of ever growing crises.
Divestment from fossil fuels is a sound financial decision, as well as a powerful social and political act. It is the first step institutions can take to demonstrate they no longer want to support companies who are slowing progress towards a clean energy future, and whose dangerous coal, oil and gas reserves are a threat to everyone, especially the lives of poor and marginalised communities. Melbourne Uni must be a leader and commit to fully divest from the top 200 coal, oil and gas companies within five years, not only to protect their bottom line from the risk of stranded assets, but to protect our climate.
The Fossil Free Melbourne University campaign needs your support. Whether you are a student, staff, alumnus or member of the University's broader community, you can get involved. Sign the petition here, and we'll get in touch!