Environmentalist Bill McKibben, a founder of the grassroots environmental group 350.org, recently traveled across the country in an effort to fire up the nation about the very real impacts of climate change. In case you haven’t noticed, the planet is in turmoil: melting ice caps, record droughts, wildfires, Hurricane Sandy.
One of the tour’s goals: to get college students and their allies (like influential alumni and tenured faculty) to pressure universities to divest their endowments from fossil fuels. The campaign has quickly spread to over 100 campuses, including Stanford University.
“As a trailblazing innovator in technology and research, and as an educator of the world’s next generation of leaders, it is critical that Stanford set an example by withdrawing its support for an industry that is crippling our planet,” read a Dec. 4 op-ed in the Stanford Daily.
Undergrads, grad students, faculty, staff & alums attended the first march for a fossil free endowment Tuesday.