Target: Harvard University President Drew Faust
Goal: Ensure that a major university does not support fossil fuel companies and climate change
Recently, a group of students at Harvard University barricaded President Drew Faust’s office in a call for fossil fuel divestment. Since 2012, students, faculty, and alumni with the Divest Harvard campaign have been calling on administrators to divest Harvard’s $31 billion endowment from the top 200 fossil fuel companies. They have joined together to create a coalition of responsibility, whose goal is to divest from global warming. Urge President Faust to immediately stop investing in the fossil fuel industry and opt for a more socially responsible form of reinvestment.
Divest Harvard is guided by the Harvard Students for a Just and Stable Future. It calls upon Harvard University to immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuel companies, and to divest direct holdings, which stand at just over $17 million, from the top 200 publicly traded fossil fuel companies. It also asks the university to divest indirect holdings in the top 200 fossil fuel companies within five years and reinvest in socially responsible funds.
According to Harvard Divest co-founders Chloe Maxmin and Canyon Woodward, the fossil fuel industry is waging a war on truth by spreading climate denial and taking over our political system. They believe that it is their moral responsibility to ensure that Harvard does not contribute to and profit from the problem of climate change resulting from fossil fuel energy production.
A Harvard junior, Brett Roche, was arrested while participating in a blockade of President Faust’s office. This was the first arrest for the growing fossil fuel divestment movement, which has spread to over 500 campuses, cities, and religious institutions worldwide. In addition to the barricade, the students recently held a Day of Action, which included press events and rallies featuring faculty members and communities groups who are joining the students’ call to go fossil free. Over 100 faculty members recently sent a letter to President Faust urging her to support divestment, and more than 50,000 people have signed online petitions supporting Divest Harvard.
Join the thousands of others who have already called upon Harvard University to stop supporting fossil fuel companies and facilitating climate change. Sign the petition below and let university president Drew Faust know that you believe that Harvard should divest from fossil fuel companies and reinvest in socially and environmentally responsible funds.
Dear President Faust,
I am writing to urge you to take immediate action regarding Harvard University’s endowment from fossil fuel companies. By investing in the fossil fuel industry, the university’s administration is enabling global warming, which continues to adversely effect our planet and its inhabitants.
I support the campaign efforts of Divest Harvard and I ask that you seriously consider their demands. They represent a growing fossil fuel divestment movement that is quickly spreading across the U.S. and worldwide. This issue will only continue to gain momentum, and it is time for the university to take action.
I urge you to stop supporting the fossil fuel industry and to take swift measures to reinvest in more socially responsible funds. It is our moral responsibility to preserve our planet for future generations and you have an opportunity to help make that happen.
[Your Name Here]
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