WHY?

How does climate change impact me?

We can already feel the effects of climate change. Issues such as drought, food web collapse, flooding, increased severe weather events, and other issues will exacerbate social and political issues.  

What is climate denial?

Climate denial refers to organized efforts to inject uncertainty and misinformation into public discussions on climate change. The core actors of denial are typically from industries closely associated with carbon emissions such as fossil fuel producers or those with vested interest in their continued distribution. 

Why is Brown responsible?

Brown, as a major political, financial, and research power, has the responsibility to leverage this position for the betterment of its students, Providence, and the world. Brown must step up to become a climate justice leader, especially in a time of federal inaction. To do otherwise is a serious moral and ethical infraction.

How does reforming Brown's community and business engagements help with climate justice?

Brown is a major institutional actor in RI and wields significant political and economic power. By using this power to bolster community-driven climate justice initiatives in Providence, for example, Brown would leverage its powerful position to make positive change in the community.

Won’t divestment harm the endowment?

Actually, experts and peers don't think so. Schools with large endowments such as the UC system and Georgetown have divested. Also, BlackRock, the world's largest funds manager, has plans to divest from coal, citing longterm concerns over climate change's impacts on financial returns. Divestment is the sound ethical and financial decision.

Aren’t fossil fuels necessary for the global economy and/or development?

They don't have to be. Fossil fuel companies have leaned on this talking point to make themselves seem indispensable. Meanwhile, they are doing everything they can to strengthen their grip on our everyday lives and undermine a zero-emissions energy future.