12/05/2012 09:25 am ET

To Fight Climate Change, College Students Take Aim At The Endowment Portfolio -

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SWARTHMORE, Pa. — A group of Swarthmore College students is asking the school administration to take a seemingly simple step to combat pollution and climate change: sell off the endowment’s holdings in large fossil fuel companies. For months, they have been getting a simple answer: no.

Bill McKibben, a writer turned advocate for carbon reduction, is on a national tour to build support for the divestment campaign.

As they consider how to ratchet up their campaign, the students suddenly find themselves at the vanguard of a national movement.