I wanted to start of a *hopefully* lucrative summer of blog posts with a few quick updates on Divest Harvard, the larger fossil fuel divestment movement, and other miscellaneous things.
Harvard alum Bob Massie wrote a powerful op-ed in The Crimson calling on Harvard to divest. He then joined 3 other Harvard alums during Harvard Alumni Reunions in a direct action. These four alumni stood up during President Faust’s speech in Sanders Theaters, holding a banner that said “Alumni for Divestment.” After being escorted out of the theater, the alumni were told that they are banned from Harvard campus until further notice. Good to know that Harvard values peaceful protest!
Divest Harvard also updated the campaign narrative on our website. Check it out here! It’s amazing how far we’ve come.
Former VP, VP, & POTUS
Lots of powerful people are mentioning fossil fuel divestment! Al Gore spoke at Princeton Class Day and reaffirmed his commitment to supporting divestment. Then Vice President Joe Biden advised people to invest in renewables rather than fossil fuels. And THEN President Barack Obama said: “…invest in what helps, and divest from what harms.” He also said: “What’s the point of public office if you’re not going to use your power to help solve problems?.” I love that line and all of this high-profile support.
I recently wrote an article for HippoReads about divestment. It’s more of an academic analysis of the divestment movement, the theory of change, historical precedent, and successes. The first seminary in the world divested from fossil fuels. And the first Jewish group committed to divestment.
Quite literally history in the making.