If this whole “divest endowment” topic is new to you, you’re not alone. Like most people, you’ve been purposely kept in the dark about the nature of the investments that fund endowments. The folks in charge bank on the fact that if you don’t know, you can’t care or work to make change. Those in power depend on a complete absence of transparency. Well, now you know and it’s up to you to take action.

Why this issue is important?

We’re in the middle of an environmental crisis of epic proportions that is only going to get worse for everyone if we don’t stop funding dirty industries like coal, oil and gas. We need to pressure colleges to divest from these industries and switch to funding clean energy technologies that help reduce the negative health and environmental impacts from fossil fuels.

Demand Transparency and Change

We’re living in the digital age where “secrets” are increasingly hard to keep. People both appreciate and expect transparency from the businesses they support (your college included). As a student, you’re entitled to know where investments to support your school are being allocated. Pressuring your college’s leadership to divest from fossil fuel investments isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the thing to do RIGHT NOW.

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What can I do?

A LOT. For starters, find out if there’s already a group on your campus fighting this fight (chances are, there is). If not, start one! If you need help or resources, there are a number of national organizations just waiting to provide you all the support you like. Click the button below to find out more about the divestment movement, and how you can play a huge role in getting your college to drop out of dirty investments and take a turn toward a cleaner, greener tomorrow!