Berkeley (Cal)

In 2012, climate change activists, after years of fighting the fossil fuel companies,

In 2012, climate change activists, after years of fighting the fossil fuel companies,

decided to go on the offensive.

They came up with an ambitious plan.

A plan that had been used successfully in the past to topple a government.

The plan's goal was to take away the moral legitimacy of the fossil fuel companies,

The plan's goal was to take away the moral legitimacy of the fossil fuel companies,

and turn them into social pariahs.

The plan was called divestment.

Currently, there are over 600 active divestment campaigns across the globe,

Currently, there are over 600 active divestment campaigns across the globe,

and successes are mounting.

UC Berkeley

Fossil Free Cal Website

At Fossil Free Cal, we know that the fossil fuel industry is both driving catastrophic climate change and harming communities through the extraction and burning of coal, oil, and natural gas. Our campus’s campaign is calling on UC Berkeley and the UC system to divest their commingled and direct holdings in the top 200 fossil fuel companies with the largest reserves of carbon. We expect and demand that the Berkeley Foundation and the UC Regents foster a future of opportunity for their students through not only their programs but their investment practices as well. Investing in climate chaos is not in line with any kind of viable future, and must stop.

Beyond the campaigns at each UC campus and the UC-wide campaign (Fossil Free UC), over 500 campaigns already exist at universities, cities, and religious institutions across North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and momentum is only growing.

In 2013, the year the campaign launched, Fossil Free Cal had two big successes. We passed a student ballot initiative endorsing fossil fuel divestment with 73% of the student body’s support. In addition, the undergraduate academic senate passed a bill to divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry and to endorse divestment at UC Berkeley and the UC system as a whole. Since then, we became the first UC campus to pass a Graduate Assembly resolution in support of divestment on February 6, 2014. The UC Berkeley Faculty Association also endorsed divestment via resolution on September 7, 2014. We hope to pass an Academic Senate resolution in the near future.

Right now, we plan on building even more power through growing faculty, student, alumni, and community support. Powerful opportunities for interested faculty, alumni, staff, community members, and students exist, including our newly coordinated UC-wide faculty and alumni groups.

As one of the leading public institutions in the world, we have the privilege and the responsibility to take action where we can influence change.

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Contact: info@fossilfreecal.org.

If you are a student and would like to get credit for involvement or interest in Fossil Free Cal email Victoria Fernandez at v.fernandez201015@gmail.com and ask about enrolling in our new DeCal course: Campaigning For a Fossil Free Future 

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