We Must Divest From Fossil Fuels
Thursday, September 22
If we listen to climate scientists like James Hansen, we know that it is imperative that we stop extracting and burning fossil fuels. Yet, as the recent struggles around the Dakota Access Pipeline reveal, big oil companies will stop at nothing in their quest to squeeze every last drop of fossil fuels out of the ground. And they are supported in this destructive quest by big banks and organizations like the World Bank. In response to this extreme extraction, the movement to divest from fossil fuels is pushing institutions – including universities – to kick the fossil fuel habit. What progress have divestment movements in NY-area schools made, and how can CUNY Divest draw on their experiences? What links can we forge between academic institutions and city- and state-level efforts, such as the movement to divest pension funds? This exciting roundtable offers a chance to compare notes and strategize for a future without fossil fuels.
Senator Liz Krueger, New York State Senate
City Council Member Helen B. Rosenthal, New York City Council
President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, New York State Nurses Association
Mikayla Petchell, Columbia Divest for Climate Justice
Ana Paola White, CUNY Divest
This event is sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics. It is free and open to the public.