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.