“filed a complaint with the Massachusetts attorney general’s office”
This is a reminder that Catholic institutions are not immune to climate change activism.
Inside Higher Ed reports:
Fossil Fuel Fight Escalates to State Attorney General
Students and alumni at Boston College have pushed the Roman Catholic institution to divest from fossil fuels for nearly a decade. On Tuesday, they took their fight into the legal arena.
A group including Boston College alumni, politicians and scientists filed a complaint with the Massachusetts attorney general’s office, arguing that Boston College trustees have violated their fiduciary duty by refusing to divest college endowment funds from fossil fuel companies.
“The Trustees of Boston College have failed to consider the charitable purposes of the institution and the purposes of the institutional fund by financially supporting the degradation of the climate, widespread damage to ecological and human health, and massive injuries to environmental and social equity,” the complaint said.
The complaint follows years of conflict between students and Boston College administrators over climate change issues and fossil fuel investments. Student activists say they’ve faced immense pressure from administrators to drop the issue and have been threatened with academic probation for speaking out against the college’s fossil fuel investments. Boston College maintains a position it has held for years: divestment from fossil fuel companies is not an effective means of addressing climate change.
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.