After obtaining more than 1,000 online signatures of support within two weeks, a group of students at the University of Connecticut pleaded with university officials to commit to a plan for divesting from fossil fuels and work toward decarbonizing the campus.
“Our continued dependence on fossil fuels for our energy needs … directly undermines our human rights mission and university mission statement — more broadly — by denying members of our global community their right to a safe and healthy environment,” Nell Srinath, a senior political science and journalism student, said at the Board of Trustees meeting this week.
“The university mission statement states the goal of enhancing social, economic, cultural and natural environments of the state and beyond. I hope you realize as well that it is impossible to fulfill these commitments if we’re not fully doing our part to eliminate carbon emissions.”
By Jessika Harkay | CT Mirror
PUBLISHED: September 28, 2023 at 6:45 a.m. | UPDATED: September 28, 2023 at 2:15 p.m.