Students Got Harvard to Divest. Now, the Movement is Showing Harvard How to Rise to the Challenge of the Future

In September of 2021, following a decade of campaigning by students, faculty, and alums, Harvard University committed to divestment from the fossil fuel industry. For a university that had time and time again publicly embraced the fossil fuel industry and its vision for the future, it was a major reversal…


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It is with great pride and joy that Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard celebrates a momentous victory for our community, the climate and divestment movement, and our planet. After nearly a decade of organizing by students, faculty, alumni, and community members, we have succeeded in pushing one of the world’s richest…


In first in-person action of the year, students and alums call for Harvard to turn the tide and end its climate inaction

CAMBRIDGE — While students were moving into their dorms, numerous climate disasters such as Hurricane Ida were wreaking havoc across the world, including in the hometowns of Harvard’s community members. With the ensuing trauma and hardship, many students are increasingly unable to leave disasters behind when they enter Harvard’s gates…


Caleb Schwartz ’20 to support alumni efforts to end Harvard’s immoral and illegal investments

CAMBRIDGE, MA— Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard is proud to announce the hiring of Caleb Schwartz (College ’20) as an alumni fossil fuel divestment organizer. …


Learn more about the complaint filed with the AG here.

Senior staff members from the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey have met for a second time with Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard (FFDH), as the AG weighs claims that Harvard’s fossil fuel investments aren’t just immoral but illegal.

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The legislation, say backers, is made necessary by the danger that Harvard’s climate inaction poses for the people of Massachusetts

The Massachusetts General Court, or the state legislature, meets in the Boston State House (Photo: King of Hearts, Wikimedia Commons)

Responding to the risks that Harvard’s roughly $840 million in fossil fuel investments pose to the public interest, Representatives Mike Connolly (D — Cambridge) and Erika Uyterhoeven (D — Somerville, HBS ’19) introduced a bill utilizing the Legislature’s Constitutional oversight authority to compel the university to divest from fossil fuels…


For second consecutive year, alumni deliver mandate for climate action

Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard is a movement that believes that if it’s wrong to destroy the planet, it’s wrong to invest in that destruction.

Every year, Harvard alumni elect new members to the Board of Overseers, one of the university’s two governing boards. In 2020, the Harvard community secured a historic victory by electing three pro-divestment candidates to the board. Now, despite the university changing the election rules to limit democratic participation, alumni have…


Historic legal complaint asserts that Harvard’s fossil fuel investments violate state law

Learn more about the complaint filed with the AG, and read the press release.

On April 30, the Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey met with Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard (FFDH) to discuss a historic legal complaint asserting that Harvard’s fossil fuel investments aren’t just immoral, but illegal. …


In letter, FFDH called on Arch Capital director and Harvard Management Company board member to act on climate

The Adani Carmichael coal mine, if completed, will produce 200 million metric tons of CO2 over an expected 60-year lifetime. (Image: Cameron Laird, Wikimedia)

On the morning of April 26th, Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard wrote an open letter to Eric Doppstadt, a director of global insurance firm Arch Capital who also serves on the Harvard Management Company board, calling on Arch to publicly rule out support of the Adani Carmichael coal mine. …


In a virtual event organized by Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard, members of the university came together to celebrate the lighter side of climate action

The event, which drew attention to the urgency of environmental justice and Harvard’s continued refusal to act, featured a number of comedic performances by members of the Harvard community.

On April 22, members of the Harvard community came together to celebrate the lighter side of climate action at Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard’s second virtual Earth Day. …

Divest Harvard

We call upon Harvard to #divest its endowment from fossil fuel companies and reinvest responsibly.

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