Harvard Faculty for Divestment is a group of Faculty members belonging to several schools of Harvard and representing diverse fields in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Since 2013, the group advocates for a vigorous response to the global climate crisis already affecting many individuals and communities (particularly the most vulnerable), and endangering the future of humanity and life on earth. A sense of responsibility toward future generations and our current students animate our activism.
We work in solidarity with the student and alumni groups allied in Divest Harvard.
As can be seen in our petition, we call Harvard President and the Corporation to divest from the fossil fuel industry. This is an important issue but not the only strategy or action we are supporting, as you can see in our November 2019 White Paper.
After several years of campaigning, in early February 2020 the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Medical School both voted in favor of motions calling for fossil fuel divestment. President Bacow and the Corporation responded on April 21, 2020: “The Corporation has directed the Harvard Management Company to develop a strategy to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from the portfolio by 2050.” This process is viewed as a “path to decarbonize the overall endowment portfolio.”
In late spring 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic and the looming social and economic crises related to it, we think than more than ever we need to continue organizing toward a fast turning away from fossil-fuels, within a broader movement for social justice and sustainability. If you want to join us, you may sign the petition, or get in touch with our core group at this contact mail.