This is my new cause. Pressuring my university, Harvard, to divest from fossil fuels. The Harvard campaign is not alone though. Students from thirty universities around the US have joined the campaign to Divest For Our Future. We are hitting the fossil fuel industry where they feel it the most: their bank accounts.
Our communities, environment and future are threatened by rising global temperatures caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Therefore we believe our universities should not be invested in corporations which are involved with the extraction, production, or distribution of this deadly energy.
Students around the country are coming together to fight for our planet’s future. We want our universities’ to divest their endowment holdings from fossil fuel companies and reinvest in environmentally and socially responsible funds.
The mission of higher education is to provide individuals with the tools, resources, and knowledge to have an influence on the world around them. Our schools invest in our future. Yet at the same time, they are supporting corporations that are actively threatening the future of all life on earth.
Fossil fuel companies pollute without paying for the damage that they inflict on society. As a result, climate change is wrecking havoc on our lives. In 2012 alone we experienced horrifying wildfires, the gulf-coast-wrecking Hurricane Isaac, heat waves in much of the country, and a massive drought that spiked world food prices by 10%. In a final blow, more of the Arctic ice sheet melted this year than at any point previously in recorded history.
Global warming is here. We must divest from companies that cause climate catastrophe. We must divest from an industry of destruction and death. We must divest for our future.
Check out this article in The Harvard Crimson about the Harvard Divest For Our Future campaign.