We are a committed group of alumni and students calling on Carleton College to divest its endowment from the 200 largest fossil fuel companies. We join students at more than 300 colleges and universities around the country in asking our administration to take the next step toward real action on climate change.
In order to combat climate change, we need significant national policies aimed at cutting emissions. Currently, the fossil fuel industry has enormous influence on U.S. politics through political campaign contributions and the funding of lobbyists. The divestment campaign aims to lessen the political influence of fossil fuel companies by targeting the industry’s reputation to make it a less enticing source of campaign funds. Divestment aims to change the way the public, governments, and investors view fossil fuel companies in order to create a political climate where large-scale action on climate change is feasible.