Harvard-Yale Students Challenge Fossil Fuel Industry

Students put their rivalry aside at the Harvard-Yale football game, with a common goal: asking their universities to divest from the fossil fuel industry.

A worldwide movement that emerged in 2010

Harvard and Yale activists want their universities to divest from fossil fuels. They were joined in their sit-in by actor and Yale alumni Sam Waterston. The students are asking for university investments to go into clean energy, and the communities most impacted by climate change -- like Puerto Rico. After the football protest, 42 people were arrested. American campuses are no stranger to divestment movements: like the Divest for Darfur campaign, against ties to the tobacco industry, or prison investments.

“To divest is to sell your business or your company, essentially to take your money out. But I think that we not only hope our universities will divest from the fossil fuel industry and cancel their holdings in the Puerto Rican debt but also that they will reinvest these in our futures. That they will invest in something like renewable energies, that benefit our planet and our communities, especially those disproportionately affected by the climate crisis, like low-income communities and communities of color. I think as young people, we are particularly cognizant to the fact that this is a crisis and that our futures, but also the future of generations that come after us and in certain parts of the world right now today, are really in jeopardy. And that's why it's been so incredibly frustrating to see universities like Harvard and Yale to be so resistant, so slow to react,” Charlotte Foote Yale 21’ tells Brut.

Anti-apartheid campaigners called for divestment in the 80s, and shamed companies and institutions with financial ties to the South African regime -- including Harvard. Other campuses have already vowed to stop or reduce their endowments towards fossil fuel energy like Stanford University. Fossil fuel divestment is a worldwide movement that emerged in 2010, Fossil fuel divestment is endorsed by Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Gore, Desmond Tutu and Yale Alumni Sam Waterston who joined the protesters on November 23. It has been deemed the largest anti-corporate campaign of its time. As of September 2019, a total of 1,100 institutions representing $11 trillion in assets worldwide have committed to divest from fossil fuels.


11/27/2019 9:56 PMupdated: 11/27/2019 11:14 PM


  • Stephen T.
    12/26/2019 20:33

    Great! Do it! I'll buy their shares!!

  • John M.
    12/24/2019 22:19

    As they all drive cars. There you go....

  • Bernard H.
    12/24/2019 02:49

    Maybe you can do your part.. No more cell phones, no car, no computers.. All made possible by fossil fuels

  • Scott D.
    12/21/2019 22:08

    Bet everyone of these clowns was carrying a phone charged by fossil fuels.

  • Guy W.
    12/21/2019 04:55

    can't get people to listen to your ideas so you physically interrupt their day so they can hear you.... clue: there still isn't anyone listening.

  • Terry D.
    12/21/2019 04:34

    How were those earrings made? Does not look like you are ready to give up your fossil fuels.

  • Rick T.
    12/20/2019 20:53

    maybe ask for money for your freaking mental health!

  • Chuck M.
    12/20/2019 20:40

    January is often times colder than December. I'll check back with you then.

  • Larry M.
    12/19/2019 14:50

    Sure, make getting an education even more expensive for no valid reason.

  • Corky D.
    12/18/2019 10:37

    It's not just fuel, petroleum is used to make many things they could not live without....take their phones for instance LOL

  • David G.
    12/16/2019 03:24

    much Love, but...…. if you disrupt American football for a protest, you lose your point. No matter how noble an idea you may be championing, you lose :)

  • Gladys S.
    12/15/2019 06:44


  • Jim M.
    12/12/2019 20:11

    They could help by not buying gas, dont use anything made of plastic, dont drive, fly or take a boat anywhere...walking is good

  • Mike B.
    12/12/2019 03:47

    So this is the BS these two supposedly great colleges do in their spare time. Neither need anymore federal grants.

  • Arnold T.
    12/11/2019 11:42

    don't sell them gas, turn off their heat, lights, and stop all fossil fueled trucks from delivering foodstuffs to their college, see what they protest about then

  • Terry G.
    12/11/2019 10:21

    You can Thank the Professors for their Ignorance, and their Parents for not paying attention to their Children being Brained Washed by the Left Liberals Educators.

  • Jim K.
    12/10/2019 00:17

    Yes let us rein in the pollution. Let us dispose of the cell phones, I pads, computers, cars, buses, all electricity produced by fossil fuels, X boxes, all of the plastic wrapping on food and merchandise, most clothing, shoes and the list is endless. I bet that the tune they begin to sing will be a lot different.

  • Alex U.
    12/08/2019 15:11

    For the young lady speaking and paying the large tuition at whichever school she claims to be at. I shouldn’t assume but you’re talking green well how are you going to make and type of products such as wind turbines because the base is made of steel you still have to mine the ore and what is crazy everyone claims to be smart they are dumb when it comes to what it actually take to produce something that’s supposed to be more economical to the people. It’s politics at its best!

  • Craig G.
    12/08/2019 01:42

    These protesters are indoctrinated nut jobs. Brainwashed fools.

  • Lanny S.
    12/07/2019 00:34

    Well Harvard and Yale. Come up with another energy source because the ones proposed so far are not viable!

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