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Clean Energy Can Multiply Gerald L. Chan's $350 Million Gift to Harvard

Stacy Clark | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Stacy Clark

Will Harvard's Management Company, tasked with growing Harvard's endowment, acknowledge the critical state of the planet and direct a portion of Chan's gift to building the kind of intentional financial partnerships that lead to a more stable climate and a more manageable global health ecosystem?

Yale University Ducks on Fossil Fuel Divest Decision--and Fails Leadership 101

Judith Samuelson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Green
Judith Samuelson

No one, least of all campaigners for divestment, thinks dumping some stocks solves the problem. Yale doesn't have the scale, power or influence to move markets. It does, however, have the scale, power and influence to be a catalytic force in the call for action on pricing carbon.

These Yale Students Are Fighting Against Fossil Fuels

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 09.03.2014 | Green

For students and administrators at Yale, the movement for fossil-fuel divestment -- dubbed "Fossil Free Yale" -- is nothing new. The student-led i...

Fossil Fuel Divestment Works in Slowing Global Warming

Michael Shank | Posted 09.03.2014 | Green
Michael Shank

In Washington, or any town where money is often valued above all else, the act of moving dollars out of fossil fuels and into sustainable, renewable options is a powerful demonstration of values.

Against Divestment -- Why Walking Away Won't Make a Difference

Nell Minow | Posted 08.22.2014 | Impact
Nell Minow

Submit shareholder proposals. Nominate new directors. Attend annual meetings to ask questions of the executives and board members. But do not sell the stock that gives you the right to engage on the issues you care about with the people who can make a difference.

Where Divesting From Fossil Fuels Was Born

Wade Norris | Posted 08.12.2014 | Denver
Wade Norris

Thanks to John Powers for being the visionary for the Alliance Center and to all the people who are part of the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado for helping navigate the way in which we plan our Renewable energy future.

An Absurd Peace Plan That Might Work

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

A sense of hopelessness pervades the air as the civilian death count climbs. As usual, civilians bear the brunt of these conflicts. What constructive role can Americans play in bringing this conflict to an end?

The Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment

Bevis Longstreth | Posted 09.10.2014 | Business
Bevis Longstreth

What does divestment accomplish? It avoids the ugly picture of trustees seeking to profit from emissions of carbon through the sale and burning of fossil fuel reserves and from the massive use of shareholder funds to search for more fossil fuels to sell and burn.

We Want People to Change Their Minds

Bill McKibben | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green
Bill McKibben

Every one of us in the Western world has contributed to climate change. We drive, fly, cool, heat. Perhaps we draw pensions from funds that back Exxon and Shell. On and on it goes, since fossil fuel is knit into the fabric of our society. If, as the Times puts it, Tom Steyer is "shadowed by coal," so are the rest of us.

Universities Make 'Cli-fi' Dreams Come True

J. L. Morin | Posted 09.07.2014 | Education
J. L. Morin

Universities are getting tough on environmental protection as they tackle challenges, through architecture, literature, hard science, and finance, bringing the new genre of climate-change fiction to life.

Using Tragedy to Change the Narrative

Nida Khan | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Nida Khan

Until the inhumane treatment of Palestinians is ended, Netanyahu cannot play the victim no matter how hard he may try to spin a situation -- even when he disgustingly uses the deaths of innocent teenagers to do so.

3 Points of Hope on Climate Change: Back to the Future 2014 to 2024

Judith Samuelson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Green
Judith Samuelson

There is no more important challenge than the need to address climate change, and with my 2024 hat on, it's a relief to say we are now winning the war and will avoid catastrophe. How did it happen?

Catholic University's Divestment Decision A Call to Action on Climate and Human Rights

Daniel J. Curran, Ph.D. | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green
Daniel J. Curran, Ph.D.

The University of Dayton recently announced it will begin taking steps to divest from major coal and fossil fuel companies. This action follows a ne...

Do the Presbyterians Expect Jews to Be the World's Only Christians?

Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen

On June 20, the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted 310 to 303 to divest its financial holdings in three American companies which do business in Israel because they "profit from non-peaceful pursuits."

Divest or Double Down?

Terry Tamminen | Posted 08.30.2014 | Green
Terry Tamminen

I witnessed pomp and circumstance at prep schools from Orlando to the Napa Valley and at colleges from Los Angeles to the Ivy League. The surprising topic at all of these cap-and-gown fests? Endowments divesting their holdings in fossil fuel companies.

Presbyterians Divest from the Israeli Occupation: The End of the Beginning?

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If there is to be a just resolution, some sufficiently potent other groups of people will have to effectively weigh in on the side of the Palestinian victims of occupation.

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterian Church Makes Controversial Move Against Israel

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion

The largest U.S. Presbyterian church narrowly voted Friday to divest from three multinational corporations that it said supply Israel with products th...

An Open Letter to Our Presbyterian Friends

Cantor Michael Davis | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Cantor Michael Davis

As religious leaders, we are sensitive to the feelings of those Jews who oppose divestment. But we cannot choose to ignore the daily suffering of Palestinians and the shockingly routine loss of Palestinian life living under Occupation.

The Presbyterian Church's Tough Love of Israel

Sam Bahour | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Sam Bahour

Palestinian civil society and Palestinians -- Christians and Muslims -- have urged everyone interested in seeing peace with justice to divest from the occupation and to invest only where the occupation does not benefit.

Presbyterian Divestment: Contesting Representations of 'the Jewish Community'

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

There's no question that some Jews will be very unhappy if the Presbyterians vote to divest from these three companies. But it's equally clear that the opponents of divestment from the occupation do not speak for all Jews.

Anti-Apartheid Archbishop Calls Presbyterians to Back Divestment from Israeli Occupation

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Robert Naiman

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the leader who more than any other human being alive is associated with the successful use of divestment to help overturn apartheid in South Africa, is calling on Presbyterians to choose divestment from the Israeli occupation.

Jaweed Kaleem

United Methodist Church Makes Major Move On Divestment

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.12.2014 | Religion

A United Methodist Church fund is divesting from a multinational security firm that activists have criticized for its work in Israel and the Palestini...

Presbyterians Poised for Historic Vote Against Israel's Occupation of Palestine

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

The most important reference point for non-Presbyterians to judge the morality and wisdom of the divestment that the Presbyterians are poised to consider is the context of failed diplomatic efforts for the last 20 years to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Criticism of Israeli Policies Toward Palestinians Grows

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 08.11.2014 | College
David Palumbo-Liu

The latestt academic association to consider censure of Israel was by far the largest group to have done so -- the Modern Language Association. The MLA boasts a membership that dwarfs all others -- it has about 30,000 members worldwide.

Leading Seminary Makes History With Vote To Divest From Fossil Fuels

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion

Trustees of Union Theological Seminary in New York City voted on Tuesday to divest from fossil fuels, making Union the world's first seminary to take ...