TO THE EDITOR:
UNC’s Board of Trustees will meet this afternoon. As a University student and member of the Sierra Student Coalition, I am proud that the Beyond Coal campaign is on the agenda.
This meeting will continue last semester’s forward momentum, when 77 percent of University students voted in favor of divestment.
The Beyond Coal campaign calls on the University to divest our $2.1 billion endowment from the coal industry. Coal presents dangers to the environment and public health and is becoming an increasingly risky investment. Smart investment in sustainability is the way to move forward.
Considering that the campaign did not make it to the agenda last year, I am grateful that we can now make our voices heard on behalf of divestment. The support of the board’s members is vital to the campaign’s progress.