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One Cool Thing: Thanks to YOU, Harvard Forward Reaches Signature Goal

One Cool Thing: Thanks to YOU, Harvard Forward Reaches Signature Goal

We wanted to give a shout out to all the #FriendsofthePlanet who signed the Harvard Forward petition or nudged a friend or family member to do it!  We were one of the first publications to give them media coverage and raise the profile of their campaign to get enough signatures to put five candidates on the […]

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Taking Action on Climate Apartheid: Harvard Forward

Taking Action on Climate Apartheid: Harvard Forward


Today, as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are reminded of the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu — that climate change is the human rights challenge of our time.  Is the arc of the moral universe beginning to bend toward climate justice? In the first few weeks of 2020, the world’s largest asset […]

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Harvard to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Investments

Harvard to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Investments


By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer In a recent missive, Harvard University announced that it aims to avoid new investments in fossil fuels. In the past, Harvard has resisted taking environmental concerns into account when investing its $42 billion endowment. But the university’s president, Lawrence S. Bacow, emphasized in an email, “climate change is the […]

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New Group Seeks to Address Harvard University’s Failure to Act on the Climate Crisis

New Group Seeks to Address Harvard University’s Failure to Act on the Climate Crisis

In response to widespread frustration in the Harvard community about the University’s inaction to climate change, a  coalition of alumni, students and faculty have launched a campaign called Harvard Forward to elect five new members of the Board of Overseers with the goal of changing the University’s policies on divesting from fossil fuels and on committing more resources to climate initiatives.

Why This Matters:   What makes this campaign interesting and different from previous ones (like South African divestiture in the ’80s) is that rather than protest the decisions of university leaders, this campaign is seeking the power to make the decisions themselves.  The last time the university restructured its Board of Overseers was almost 150 years agoIt seems like its time to modernize it and addressing climate change is the perfect impetus.

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Universities in the U.K. and U.S. Under Increasing Pressure to Do Better on Climate Change

Universities in the U.K. and U.S. Under Increasing Pressure to Do Better on Climate Change

Universities across the UK are finding themselves under “increasing pressure to improve their own environmental track record,” The Guardian reported last week. Because of pressure from students, in January, one-half of universities in the UK announced they would divest from fossil fuels. Meanwhile, in a victory that no one expected them to pull off when they began their campaign a year ago, three of the five young alums who ran under the Harvard Forward banner were elected to the university’s second-highest governing body, the Board of Overseers.

Why This Matters: We need to keep our foot on the gas. While it’s wonderful to see so much action in the UK on these issues, many say it’s not far enough.

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One Cool Thing: Greening the Ivies

One Cool Thing: Greening the Ivies

Ivy League Universities are making strides on climate action. Last week, Columbia University announced it is creating a new school within the University dedicated to the issue of climate change.  The University will draw on its Earth Institute (EI) and network of Global Centers in countries around the world.  And the election for the Harvard Board of Overseers is underway — with the five Harvard Forward climate change-focused young candidates working to “get out the vote.”

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