Monday, November 19, 2012

Gina Coplon-Newfield, Arts and Sciences, 1996

I will be very proud of my alma mater if it divests from companies in the fossil fuel industry. Tufts can play a tremendous leadership role in educating students on how to best meet the massive challenges of climate change, and it can better walk the walk through its operations and investments. While a Tufts student in the 1990s, I helped lead a successful campaign for Tufts to divest from Hydro-Quebec, a company that had engaged in very environmentally and socially destructive practices. The Tufts Trustees made their wise decision to divest from Hydro-Quebec on the same day they decided to reinvest in South Africa. There is a thoughtful legacy at Tufts of investment and divestment. This new opportunity is of vital importance.

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