You might see this article in The Crimson today. Harvard President Drew Faust expresses her disapproval of Divest Harvard’s campaign and recent sit-in. To her, civil disobedience is coercive. But her words echo with hypocrisy. I want to write what I feel and think, my reaction, my anger, my disappointment. But I did that. Twice. (Here for The Nation and here for Dissent Magazine.)
Writing is an outlet. But an even more effective outlet is taking action, using your body to stand up for what you love and what you believe in, demonstrating the importance of fossil fuel divestment, the need for divestment, and the thousands of Harvard community members that are calling for divestment.
That is why Divest Harvard is organizing Harvard Heat Week, a week of action and civil disobedience from April 12th-17th. This is the biggest action that we have put together thus far in our campaign, and it has the potential to be an historic, epic, legendary, game-changing week. But we can only make it historic if you join us.
Please sign up for Harvard Heat Week. Let’s show Harvard that it cannot choose the fossil fuel industry, empty rhetoric, closed doors, and false solutions over the almost 70,000 students, faculty, alumni, and community members who are calling on Harvard to stand on the right side of history.
It’s time to mobilize.
EDIT 2:25 PM: Upon further reflection and discussion today, two other thoughts come to mind. (Note: these thoughts reflect my personal opinions, not the opinions of Divest Harvard.)
First: Divest Harvard is made up of students, faculty, and alumni who are genuinely frightened for our future. We see that investments actively sponsor the climate crisis and block solutions. We think that is unacceptable, so we take action. We are not especially radical nor ideological. We are human beings acting to protect what we love. It’s deeply saddening to see Harvard and other administrations ostracize and squash climate activism. It’s immoral.
Secondly, Faust–in The Crimson article–essentially says that public dialogue on climate change is not valuable. I have taken 32 classes at Harvard, many of which are discussion-based. Dialogue IS valuable, and the President of the leading University in the world just said that it isn’t.
Get ready for Harvard Heat Week, y’all.