Yale University has a $29 billion endowment, one of the largest in the world. The endowment invests in many things including fossil fuel companies.
This doesn’t sit well with some Yale students and faculty who are concerned about climate change. They’ve called on the school to divest that money from oil, coal, and gas companies.
Their protests have led to five dozen arrests in recent months. Meanwhile, similar movements have been taking place at schools across the country.
This hour, we ask: What exactly is divestment? And what are its broader implications for our climate future?
- Mary Evelyn Tucker - Supporter of Fossil Free Yale; Director of the Forum on World Religions and Ecology at Yale University, where she also teaches
- Adriana Colón-Adorno - Yale University student and coalition member of Fossil Free Yale
- Dr. Harry Saunders - Carnegie Energy Innovation Advisor for the Carnegie Institution for Science; contributing author of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report (@hsaunders6)
- Umair Irfan - Staff writer at Vox (@umairfan)
Chion Wolf contributed to this show.