Wednesday, January 2, 2013

When +Bill McKibben set out on his’s Do the Math Tour, he and a slew of green celebrities asked people and institutions to divest from fossil fuels. The organization believes divestiture from fossil fuels and investment in renewable energy is essential to health of the planet and all its living systems. Some colleges have listened. According to a update: Unity College in Maine became the first in the nation fully divest from fossil fuels. Hampshire College in Massachusetts has also passed a sustainable investment policy that effectively divests them from fossil fuels. At Harvard, a student resolution supporting divestment passed with 72% of the vote, and students are now pushing to meet with President Faust about divestment. UNH students delivered 1,000 signatures to their president to call for a meeting on divestment. At Brown, students rallied to push their administration to divest from coal. Perhaps most surprisingly, an entire city appears to be doing the math. Seattle Mayor @Mike McGinn sent a letter to the city’s two chief pension funds in late December, formally requesting that they “refrain from future investments in fossil fuel companies and begin the process of divesting our pension portfolio from those companies.” Keep reading at

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