Columbia University i New York, ett av de prestigefyllda Ivy League-universiteten i USA, tog i går beslutet att avyttra alla sina investeringar i företag där kol står för mer än 35 procent av omsättningen.

Universitetets president, Lee C. Bollinger, som även kallas Prezbo, säger i ett pressmeddelande:

– Clearly, we must do all we can as an institution to set a responsible course in this urgent area. I want to recognize the efforts of the many students, faculty and staff whose substantive contributions have brought us to this point.

Bill McKibben, författare och medgrundare av 350.org, som tilldelades Right Livelihood Award 2014, kommenterar glatt på Twitter:

Studenterna organiserade i gruppen Columbia Divest for Climate Justice kommer dock inte sluta driva kampanj i frågan. I ett pressmeddelande nyligen skrev gruppen:

We recognize the importance of this proposal as the administration’s first public commitment to divest the endowment from any part of the fossil fuel industry. We also recognize the importance of this proposal as a partial win for what has been an emotionally charged, arduous, and powerful campaign. And yet, we cannot support this proposal because coal divestment is not an adequate institutional response to the threat of climate change.

Divesting from coal alone communicates the false, harmful message that coal is the only fossil fuel causing violence and climate destruction. Unfortunately, the oil and gas industries are also responsible for endangering the health and livelihoods of communities living at the sites of fossil fuel extraction and in the path of their transport. We cannot support this coal divestment proposal because it guarantees Columbia’s continued investment in various oil and gas corporations.

 

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Läs mer i Effekt: Ytterligare två universitet i Storbritannien divesterar från fossil energi

 

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