Climate Change, Divestment, and Urgency

Recently, The Harvard Crimson published this staff editorial on how divestment is an extreme tactic and should only be used in cases of “human rights abuses.” They wrote this piece in response to a student campaign (that I am part of) that is calling upon Harvard to divest its endowment from fossil fuel companies and reinvest in socially responsible funds.

The Crimson should be ashamed of itself for publishing such an uninformed editorial. Climate change is the largest social justice and human rights issue that humanity has ever known. Want proof? Then just read this article which came out this week saying that 100 million people will die by 2030 if we fail to act on climate change. And 90% of those people will be in developing countries, countries that have done very little to cause climate change. We are fighting for our lives. We are fighting for justice. We are fighting for our future.

That is why another member of The Crimson published an op-ed against the first editorial, explaining why we need to divest now to put pressure on the fossil fuel industry to stop extracting fossil fuels. There isn’t much hope of climate action through our political system that is corrupted by the fossil fuel lobby. So we must make the moral argument that no one and no entity should be investing in companies that are threatening the future of life on our planet.


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