There is global movement at the college and university level that started a number of years ago known as the fossil fuel divestment movement. The first goal of this movement is to bring awareness of investments by Universities in the top 200 coal, oil and gas companies.
The second goal is to obtain a commitment from University leaders to divest the schools investments in these companies. To achieve this second goal there have many student demonstrations and sit-ins across the US and other countries.
This sends a powerful message to the fossil fuel industry when universities large and small start to sell their holdings in their companies hopefully in favor or clean energy companies.
About six months ago, students at Northern Arizona University, or NAU, organized a sit-in to call on their school to divest from fossil fuels. At least eight students were arrested after they refused to leave a university building at closing time.
The Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement.
This interview was conducted for Democracy Now with Michaela Mujica-Steiner, a senior at Northern Arizona University, and Karina Gonzalez, a graduate student in the NAU Forestry Department. Both were arrested during protests demanding fossil fuel divestment.
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