ENERGY NEWS NETWORK: Slow divestment pace leads Northeast students to file legal complaints
After years of activism without results, students at several colleges — including Yale, Princeton and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — file legal complaints with their state attorneys general to force fossil fuel divestment.
REUTERS: Students at Yale and other top schools ask AGs to probe fossil-fuel investments
Students at five top-rated universities working with The Climate Defense Project have filed complaints with their states' attorneys general to investigate whether their schools' fossil-fuel investment holdings violate state laws governing investments by charities, according to a press release Wednesday.
WASHINGTON POST: Student climate activists from Yale, Stanford, Princeton, MIT and Vanderbilt file legal complaints to compel divestment
Students fighting climate change have been trying to pressure universities to divest from the fossil fuel industry for years: They have shouted slogans, marched, rallied, waved signs. They have signed petitions and passed resolutions and referendums. They have disrupted Zooms and football games and board meetings and administration buildings. They have covered themselves in oil.
GRIST: The campus divestment movement has a sophisticated new legal strategy
Students and faculty have been asking universities to divest from fossil fuels for more than a decade now. But what started as a campaign to erode the industry’s “social license to operate” is developing more sophisticated arguments about fiduciary duty and prudent investing.
THE NATION: Harvard and Yale Should Do More Than Just Divest
On November 23, 2019, we risked arrest alongside 120 of our peers, storming the field of the annual Harvard-Yale football game to call for an end to higher education’s profiteering from the climate crisis and demand climate leadership from two of the world’s richest and most prestigious universities. Two years later, Yale has taken critical steps toward socially responsible investment and, in a historic move this September, Harvard committed to divestment.
NH REGISTER: Two years after Yale-Harvard climate change protest, students see it as ‘game-changer’
Two years after the jaw-dropping Yale-Harvard climate change and fossil fuel divestment protest on the field of the Yale Bowl at The Game — Yale’s tradition-steeped annual football contest with its archrival — the far-reaching direct action remains the highlight of some college activists’ lives.
YDN: “Hey, Yale, Where Are You?”: At EJC Protest, Students Call on Yale to Divest From Fossil Fuels
Hundreds of students gathered in Beinecke Plaza on Friday at a rally organized by the Endowment Justice Coalition. There, they called on Yale to disclose and divest its holdings in the fossil fuel industry and increase its investment in the city of New Haven.
YDN: When the World is on Fire
On Aug. 28, President Peter Salovey gave his opening assembly address to Yale College’s class of 2025. I sat with my fellow first years in folding chairs on the Cross Campus lawn, ready to receive the wisdom and direction to commence my studies at this place which for so long had been my biggest dream.
NY TIMES: This Movement Is Taking Money Away From Fossil Fuels, and It’s Working
I remember the night in the autumn of 2012 when the first institution in the U.S. publicly committed to divest from fossil fuel. I was with a group of other climate activists in a big theater in Portland, Maine, halfway through a monthlong road show with rallies in cities across the country, and the president of tiny Unity College in the state’s rural interior announced to the crowd that his trustees had just voted to rid their endowment of coal, gas and oil stocks. We cheered like crazy.
YDN: Faculty, students question Yale’s fundraising priorities
Yale’s latest capital campaign, which launched on Oct. 2 and aims to raise $7 billion, has generated discussion among students and faculty about Yale’s rising emphasis on the sciences, as well as how Yale’s $31.2 billion endowment can be most effectively and ethically allocated.