One Hoya Saxa Thing: Georgetown University Announces Decision To Divest From Fossil Fuels

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Late last week, Georgetown University announced a major decision — “to divest from fossil fuel investments over the next decade—including divestment from public securities within five years and private investments within ten years.”   University President Jack DeGioia gave credit to members of the University community and to the Pope whose 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home “informs and strengthens our commitment to the environment, and to one another, ensuring that as we move forward, we do so in a spirit of mutual respect and collaboration.”  On the same day, 94% of the student body voted overwhelmingly to make Georgetown the first “Blue” campus in the nation — to promote greater university commitment to the protection of ocean habitats.

Student groups pushed for both decisions. Georgetown joins the University of Maryland, the University of California, Oregon State, the University of Maryland, and Syracuse — other major universities in the U.S. to divest. As an alumnus of Georgetown University and a member of its adjunct faculty, I (Monica) am so proud of my alma mater. As they say to cheer at Georgetown – HOYA SAXA!

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