Monday, April 20, 2015

David Rego, Arts and Sciences, 2008

Proven by science, and intellectually, morally, and ethically indisputable; please divest from fossil fuels.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Emma Schneider, Arts and Sciences, 2012

Dear Tufts,

Please practice what you teach and act as leaders of social and environmental justice. Until I see Tufts acting in genuinely sustainable and justice-oriented ways, I will donate to community organizations rather than to Tufts.

Best,
Emma

Michael Kramer, Arts and Sciences, 1988

There are plenty of well-proven ways to earn competitive return for the endowment without fossil fuels, tobacco, pornography, major polluters, mines in the Congo, and much more. It's time to realize that it is not only unethical to profit from unhealthy and exploitative practices, but when it comes to atmospheric carbon, our survival literally depends on it. Divestment sends a powerful message to companies, policymakers and society at large about the steps we need to take to become a more just and sustainable civilization. Now is the time.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Katherine Nittman, Arts and Sciences, 2012

So impressed current students are pursuing this!! It is a strategic and IMPORTANT move to show we really care about the values our University promotes. 

Alyssa Koomas, Nutrition Science and Policy, 2009

Tufts is currently a part of the climate change problem. Let's be a part of the solution. 

Fred Davis, Arts and Sciences, 1976

I was proud to be a Tufts student activist in the 1970s; I helped bring the Fast for a World Harvest to campus and helped get the Environmental Studies major started. Since graduation, I have had a career in the field of energy conservation and renewables. Today's climate action campaign continues a long Tufts tradition of global consciousness.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

George Homsy, Arts and Sciences, 1986

I understand that divestment is difficult. Oil and gas companies have become tightly woven into our quality of life and our finances. Extricating ourselves will be difficult, but the university must make a start. It is a moral imperative with practical and educational outcomes that are crucial.

Yet, as we call on Tufts to divest, each of us must also move to a more sustainable lifestyle. When students take their first job, they should choose live close to work and drive less (or walk, bus, or bike). Hang our clothes out to dry instead of using a machine to handle what the sun and wind do well. Buy or rent, and thus heat, a smaller house/apartment. No excuses. If we call on Tufts to divest, which it should, we can do no less ourselves.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

John Subranni, Arts and Sciences, 2010

As a law student studying international environmental and human rights law, I believe that universities can add a critical, forward-thinking view to the climate issue. Our actions today will have large-scale humanitarian impacts felt around the world - and it's already happening.

Tufts seeks to graduate responsible global citizens, and it's time that it starts acting like one.  

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Rev. Dr. William Gardiner, Arts and Sciences, 1967

As graduate of Crane Theological School at Tufts University I am deeply concerned about the impact of global warming on all life forms on God's beautiful creation. I am working with others in the faith community to divest funds in church endowments from fossil fuel industries. I hope that Tufts will join with other college communities to provide moral leadership for this crucial issue. The human future is in peril because we have released so much carbon into the atmosphere.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Cyrus Kharas, Arts and Sciences, 2008

This is a critical step to ensuring that Tufts' financial practices align with the values that all new students aspire to foster, current students work to develop, and alumni proudly share.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Joelle Biele, Art and Sciences, 1991

Tufts should divest from fossil fuel companies they way it did in 1989 when it divested from companies doing business in South Africa.  It is an urgent global environmental and economic matter.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Jennifer Baldwin, Arts and Sciences, 2005

It was Tufts that originally inspired me to use my career to address climate change. Through courses like Environmental Biology, I first learned about the problem. I went on to learn about solutions through courses at UEP, work with the Tufts Climate Initiative, and participation in the environmental student group ECO. Today, I work in Washington on international climate policy and finance. I have Tufts to thank for getting me started down this path.

Tufts was an early university leader on climate change and sustainability, but it has fallen behind others since the days of the Talloires Declaration. Divesting from fossil fuels would be a symbol that environmental (and social) responsibility is still at the core of Tufts DNA. Given increasing student interest in the topic, it would serve the university well to take a positive stance on this. Switching investments around wouldn't necessarily result in decreased revenues for the university anyway. 

I strongly urge Tufts to divest from the largest 200 fossil fuel companies so that the university practices what it preaches.