Last week the UA put forward Resolution 16, which explicitly “declares against divestment [from fossil fuels]” despite the fact that the SA, GPSA, and Faculty Senate have all passed consistent measures of support for it in the past year. Find the text of the resolution (and comments) here:
Join us next Tuesday to PACK THE UA meeting and send a clear message that we will not allow fossil fuel divestment to be dismissed so easily.
UA Resolution 16 “Carbon Neutrality and Divestment” separates divestment from its proposed counterpart policy of reducing Cornell’s carbon neutrality deadline from 2050 to 2035. By doing this, it expresses support for the 2035 deadline while essentially taking divestment off the table, labeling it as purely “symbolic” and and inappropriate use of funds donated by alumni.
However, KyotoNOW! (DivestNOW!) has maintained the position that symbolic actions are inherently valuable and are necessary for bringing the university’s policy in line with its stated mission and goals. Further, a commitment to divest Cornell has the potential to catalyze change among our highly influential peer institutions. The fact that divestment would not have a significant impact on fossil fuel extraction or carbon emissions is not reason to dismiss it altogether.
WHEN IS IT TIME TO DIVEST?
THE TIME TO DIVEST IS NOW!