May 3, 2013
Hanover, NH (05/03/2013) – Bill McKibben, founder of international climate action organization 350.org, author and activist Terry Tempest Williams, and student organizers will be speaking May 13th at Dartmouth College. The discussion will focus on fossil fuel divestment, a national movement started by McKibben and 350.org in the fall of 2012.
In a recent article in the Rolling Stone, McKibben stated: “With Washington blocked, campuses are suddenly a front line in the climate fight – a place to stand up to a status quo that is wrecking the planet. The campaign to demand divestment from fossil fuel stock emerged from nowhere in late fall to suddenly become the largest student movement in decades. Already it’s drawing widespread media attention; already churches and city governments are joining students in the fight. It’s where the action all of a sudden is.”
The movement encompasses more than 400 universities, churches and towns looking to divest their endowments from a list of the top 200 fossil fuel extraction companies. In the months since the start of the campaign, five colleges have already committed to divestment, along with twelve cities across the country. Dartmouth’s campaign, launched April 4th, has over 250 signatories to date, with wide support from students, faculty, and alumni.
McKibben, Williams and students will be speaking in Dartmouth Hall 105 at 7pm, a symbolic choice as the historic location where Martin Luther King Jr. once spoke. “We see divestment as another part of the conversations the Dartmouth community has recently been undertaking on topics of justice and equality. We have a responsibility as a community to make moral decisions with regards to our investments as well as our personal behaviour,” said Dartmouth junior Morgan Curtis.
An open community discussion will follow the speakers, where, organizers stress, all questions, ideas and opinions are welcome. This dialogue is endorsed by a myriad of student groups coming from environmental, religious, social justice, and business perspectives, as well as a number of Greek houses.