Mennonite Divestment Network For the Divestment from Fossil Fuels and Mineral Extraction

Mennonite Education Agency (MEA)

By investing in fossil fuel and mineral extraction companies, Goshen College and Eastern Mennonite University are perpetuating climate change, infringing on the rights of Indigenous people, and destroying God’s creation: Mother Earth. These attacks to Mother Earth and violations of human rights are wrong and a direct contradiction to our stated values and beliefs. The endowments of GC and EMU are part of the Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) Investment Fund and, as of September 2015, total $135 million. As individuals and Mennonite institutions, we need to respond to this reality through divestment: removing fossil fuel and mineral extraction companies from our investment portfolio. We believe the conversations regarding divestment from fossil fuel and mineral extraction are best approached through collaboration. As students of GC and EMU, we insist that the administrations of our colleges and the MEA investment committee commit to full divestment of our schools’ endowments from fossil fuel and mineral extraction companies.

Petition by
Lydgia Girard
Virginia Beach, Virginia

To: Mennonite Education Agency (MEA)
From: [Your Name]

As a member of the community I have signed this petition to tell you that I agree with the Mennonite Divestment Network. I call for MEA to divest from industries that extract fossil fuels and minerals because I believe they cause harm to the environment and its indigenous people. Please consider our request for you to action on this issue.

Sincerely, a concerned citizen.