There’s still time to act. “If we’re to hold planetary warming to the two degrees that the world’s governments have said is the absolute red line, we can only burn 565 more gigatons of carbon,” environmentalist Bill McKibben, a coordinator of Fossil Free, wrote in Rolling Stone this winter, “but the fossil fuel companies, private and state-owned . . . have five times the coal and oil and gas needed to roast the earth, and they fully intend to burn it.” Universities dumping their investments will send the message that we won’t let this happen.
A generation ago, students around the world — young Barack Obama among them — campaigned for divestment from South African companies that supported apartheid. Those students helped change the world. Universities must again take the lead and divest now, for our future.
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Estimated amount held in all US college and university endowments
“Getting all of that money out of coal, oil and gas will make a pretty big splash.”
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Patrick Gallagher is a freelance writer. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.