Bill McKibben on Divesting from Fossil Fuels

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Taking a page from the anti-apartheid movement, environmentalist and author Bill McKibben is urging students to push their universities and colleges to cut fossil fuel investments from their endowments. “We need to play offense,” McKibben tells Moyers, “and divestment is a powerful way to do that.”


McKibben says divestment was a successful strategy against the apartheid regime in South Africa that can work again. “It was Mandela’s great accomplice, Desmond Tutu, who helped launch this new [fossil fuel] divestment effort. He said in this great video, ‘if you could see what climate change is doing to Africa, the famine, the drought, you’d know why we’d ask you to pick up this tool again.'”

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