fossil fuel divestment

by newschoolphilosophy

The New York Times reports that the New School has divested from fossil fuels and the administration hopes that the commitment is reflected throughout the university. The attitude of the administration at other universities has been quite different:

The Harvard president, Drew Gilpin Faust, has said divestment is neither “warranted nor wise” and that the endowment “is a resource, not an instrument to impel social or political change.”

The New School sees things differently, said Michelle DePass, dean of its Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy.

She said that the ultimate goal of the program was to transform all 14,000 students, faculty members and staff into “fully aware, service-oriented climate citizens.”

Harvard is a great school and I do not mean to disparage it in any way. But it is nice to hear that the New School is part of the vanguard when it comes to climate change.