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.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Stephanie Kaplan, Arts and Sciences, 1994

Thank you to the current students at Tufts for keeping this alive! We were bringing this up during my years at Tufts 1990-1994. It appears the current President and Board are paying attention and I commend everyone involved. I'm just sorry it's been nearly 20 years and now we have reached the 400 ppm mark for CO2. Please keep up the good work - we must do all we can!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Susie Meserve, Arts and Sciences, 1995

Last fall, I heard Bill McKibben speak in Berkeley, where I now live, and I got excited to start divestment talks at Tufts. Some life stuff intervened and I return to the cause several months later to find this campaign. I'm thrilled. Go Tufts! In 1993 and 1994 I participated in the divestment campaign from James Bay. We did it then, and we can do it now. We MUST do it now.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Jed Holtzman, Arts and Sciences, 1999

Climate change endangers all aspects of our global civilization, not to mention other species.  Institutions divested from South Africa during apartheid, and that "only" doomed a whole lot of people, not EVERYONE as does climate change.  This is a no-brainer.

Daniel Wong, Arts and Sciences, 2009

We are running out of time.