Who we are
We are alumni of the University of California who believe that UC must show bold leadership in combating the ever-increasing risk of catastrophic climate change and in promoting the transition to a clean-energy society. We wholeheartedly support the students at eight UC campuses who have passed resolutions calling on the Regents to divest the endowment of holdings in fossil fuel companies and to invest in renewable-energy solutions.
Climate change has become an urgent matter of national security for the US and the world, as documented in many reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other scientific and policy authorities. Given everything we know today, UC’s continued acquiescence in subsidizing and profiting from the fossil fuel industry makes a mockery of the university’s commitments to the welfare of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and profoundly contradicts and undermines its stated mission to “serve society as a center of higher learning, providing long-term societal benefits[...].”
Just as students at UC in the 1970s and 80s were ahead of the university administration in recognizing the moral imperative to divest from the economic framework of South African apartheid, so UC students now are taking the lead in demanding that the university end its complicity with climate destruction. Many UC alumni stand side-by-side with the students. With over 1,600,000 living alumni and numerous donors, we can exert a strong influence on President Napolitano and the Regents as they weigh a decision on divestment.
The fossil fuel divestment movement is spreading rapidly around the country. Even President Obama has endorsed it, saying in a 2013 Georgetown University speech: "I'm here to enlist your generation's help in keeping the United States of America a global leader in the fight against climate change. Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution. Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices. Invest. Divest.”
Alumni from across UC are organizing in person and online to raise awareness about divestment and communicate our views to the university administration. Together we are educating ourselves, writing letters and op-eds, participating in a UC task force on sustainable investing, organizing donors, and speaking at Regents meetings and other events. Please join us to grow this movement and make UC a climate leader.