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Green Activists’ Petition to Divest Harvard from Fossil Fuels Signed by Less Than 1% of Students

Green Activists’ Petition to Divest Harvard from Fossil Fuels Signed by Less Than 1% of Students

“a measly 166 individuals have signed on to their Change.org petition”

Different groups have been trying to get Harvard to do this for years. This is just the latest fail.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Green activists fail to get even 1 percent of Harvard students to sign anti-fossil fuels petition

Despite efforts by a small number of students and activists, Harvard’s multi-billion dollar endowment will remain invested in fossil fuels for the foreseeable future.

In response to recent doomsday predictions by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a number of Harvard students decided to take matters into their own hands by calling on the administration to completely divest all financial holdings in industries associated with fossil fuels. According to the petition, Harvard has an obligation to divest its funds due to its significant role in the “global economy.”

“In light of the recent predictions made by the IPCC as to the proliferation of climate violence; in response to the National Climate Assessment’s call to make substantial and sustained reductions in our use of fossil fuels; and recognizing the part Harvard plays in an interconnected, global economy, we are calling on Harvard to completely divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry,” the petition reads.

Despite their efforts, a measly 166 individuals have signed on to their Change.org petition, which accounts for roughly 0.36 percent of the school’s 40,818 students and faculty. According to journalists for Harvard’s student newspaper, the Crimson, administrators have “flatly rejected” the idea of immediate divestment. In October, Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow seemed to make it clear that endowment holdings are currently off-limits in regard to campus activism.

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