About the Faculty Divestment Network.
The Faculty Divestment Network (FDN) is a loose group of faculty working on fossil fuel divestment. Our first three projects are this website, a listserv, and a faculty divestment toolkit.
While students are leading the movement, there are important roles for faculty. Students often need and want support from faculty. Faculty often know how our campuses work and have helpful connections with administrators. Some faculty are in a powerful position to speak publicly through op-eds, open letters, radio and TV interviews, and other venues in favor of divestment and the need to address global climate change. Moreover faculty actions such as petitions and senate divestment resolutions can be an important compliment to student calls for divestment.
“We cannot urge students to have the courage to speak out unless we are willing to do so ourselves.” [Theodore Hesburgh, former
president of Notre Dame, as quoted by Scott Sherman in The
Nation, March 11/18, 2013, p. 21].
Bringing Divestment to Your Campus.
A growing number of US institutions are following Unity College’s lead, and yours could be next!
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Convincing the administration and Board of Trustees on your campus that divestment from fossil fuels is in their interest economically and ecologically speaking, may at first seem like an uphill battle. However an increasing number of colleges and universities in the US are committing to divest from fossil fuels. Why? On one hand, the science of global climate change leaves no doubt of our communal responsibilities. More than 97% of all scientists agree that humans are at fault for the current global warming. On the other hand, and despite some skepticism that still exists, it turns out that divesting from fossil fuels benefits the long-term economic outlook for educational institutions and their endowments.