ENDORSEMENTS

A growing number of current students, alumni, campus organizations, faculty & staff and other friends and community supporters have called on Princeton to divest from fossil fuels.

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Disclaimer: This is a list of people and organizations from the Princeton community who support divestment from fossil fuels. Divest Princeton does not endorse any individual; any views they express are their own.

Students

Faculty & Staff

alumni

Marissa Mejia '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Sophia Winograd '21
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Samuel Cryan '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Kasey Bower '21
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Emily Ryu '21
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Gordon Walters '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Annie Song '21
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Christine Hu '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Heather Callahan '21
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Anna Lyubarskaja '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Kaylin Xu '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Lindsay Ofrias, Current GS
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Alan Ding '22
Princeton cannot claim be in the service of humanity while simultaneously investing in and partnering with companies that are fueling the destruction of our planet. Other universities, such as the University of California schools, have divested and are doing fine with funding. Princeton, having the largest per student endowment of any university in the US, has no excuse not to divest.
Madison Mellinger '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Mary Davis '22
As the child of a climate scientist, I grew up knowing there is nothing more powerful than transitioning to renewable energy to avert the climate crisis. Princeton should divest from fossil fuels immediately to help realize this goal.
Joe Shipley '22
It is simply immoral to have a vested financial interest in an industry putting our planet’s future in jeopardy. We can, and should, expect more from Princeton.
Annette Lee '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Tiffany Lim '21
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Maria Fleury '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Chloe Holland '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Wells Carson '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Harshini Abbaraju '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Cindy Li '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Mahalia Norton '24
Divestment is the first step of many to solve the largest problem facing humanity now. As a leading institution it is Princeton's responsibility to set an example and begin to be a part of the solution, not the problem.
Victoria Gonzalez '21
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Hannah Huh '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Angie Sheehan '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Sophia Wang '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Hannah Reynolds '22
Without a shift to renewable, sustainable energy, climate change isn't going to stop. Fortunately, until real action is taken to end Princeton's ties to the fossil fuel industry and companies like Exxon Mobil, neither are we: the students, alumni, faculty and staff who will stop at nothing to get Princeton to divest from fossil fuels. Action is non-negotiable when it comes to climate change.
Bryan To '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Melanie Porras '21
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Ana Blanco '23
If Princeton is truly committed to fostering equity and becoming an anti-racist institution, it must recognize the need to divest from fossil fuel industries. Princeton cannot claim to promote these initiatives without first recognizing the disproportionate devastating effects of climate change on BIPOC communities. There should be no debate; divestment is necessary for the future of our planet.
Deena Mainali '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Mauro Orsini Windholz *GS
I support divestment because a leading scientific institution such as Princeton has an obligation to abide by the solid scientific consensus around the terrible impact caused by fossil fuels. The continuing investment in fossil fuel companies while stating that investments are not political is scientific negationism, of the kind that is destroying millions of lives in the world today, and this cannot be the stance of a world-class research university.
Laeo Crnkovic-Rubsamen '23
I support Divestment because investment in fossil fuels is not a political statement but is instead a moral statement. It says that Princeton does not care about future generations & the lower income people all over this world who will have to deal with the immediate effects of climate change while the elite of the Ivy league will be sitting in their ivory tower. As a student & future Alumni of Princeton it disgusts me to know that my tuition is being used to fund the destruction of the planet
Anne Wen '23
Activities from fossil fuel companies historically marginalize people of color and indigenous communities. As a university that advocates "in the nation's service and the service of humanity," Princeton ought to support underrepresented groups. Princeton relies on annual giving for donation funds, but in the same way, alums and students donate because we pride ourselves on the University's mission — including the desire to create a more climate-friendly world.
Coley Martin '23
End Princeton's complicity in the climate crisis.
Maya V. Mishra '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Brandon Gauthier '23
I came to Princeton because I believed in its motto. I thought Princeton stood to fight against ignorance and darkness and better the world. So long as Princeton's finances remain inextricably tied to fossil fuels, I consider myself wrong.
Jamie Feder '23
An ongoing relationship with corporations that are large polluters and climate change deniers, such as Exxon, sends the clear message that Princeton does not care about our planet. As one of the most prominent and esteemed universities, Princeton has the duty of operating with integrity - taking dirty money fails that goal.
Long Ho '22
Princeton’s investment in fossil fuels directly clashes with its core mission of serving our nation and humanity. It is a slap in the face for students here who truly want to create a cleaner, more environmentally conscious future.
Cassidy Humphreys '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Maya V. Mishra '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Enrique Zuniga Gonzalez '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Marina Cooper '21
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Alison Holtzschue '82
Divestment sends a powerful message to the market, legislators and the public that it’s time for urgent action on climate.
Willow Dalehite '22
I support divestment because conserving a healthy planet for the future depends on it. I support divestment because the fossil fuel industry is responsible for not only severe environmental degradation, but also pollution and destruction of indigenous lands as well as harm to indigenous people around the world. Princeton has a responsibility to discontinue its involvement in this legacy.
Madeleine Chong '23
To exist in the service of humanity while simultaneously partnering with corporations that exacerbate its downfall is simply paradoxical. We cannot exist as an institution working to better our planet while accepting or ignoring the organizations that actively work to hurt it.
Tom Taylor, Current GS
Walter McMath '03
Climate action is dire and necessary.
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ALUMNI

CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS

Andrew Morrow '90
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Jennifer Hirsch '88
I have given to Princeton every year since I graduated. But our world is (LITERALLY) on fire, and there is no justification for continuing to invest in the sector that is responsible for so much of the problem. It pains me to withhold donations, but pains me much more to contemplate the end of our world.
Noah Mihan '19
Climate Change is the defining issue of our generation. As a scholarly institution, Princeton University knows that it is real and major action needs to be taken. When the year is 2050 and climate change has displaced millions of people, is Princeton going to be able to say that they led on this issue?
Jacqueline Kellachan '87
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Dan Fuchs '87
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Katie Little '16
Princeton needs to quite literally put its money where its mouth is and divest from fossil fuels. This is an important step on the path toward climate justice and in the service of humanity's younger and future generations.
Shira Abeles '00
I became a physician to promote health and well-being of patients and to work on improving health systems. We have to fundamentally change our systems to make them sustainable - so that caring for patients today does not harm the patients of tomorrow. Sustainability is paramount to our mission.
Claire Woo '06
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Cecelia Coffey '15
Climate change is the greatest threat facing current and future generations. Further, oil and gas companies continue to lose money as the US energy system transitions. Princeton should divest both because it's the right thing to do and because it makes financial sense.
Amy Bensted '05
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Abelardo Cruz '20
Climate change has and does disproportionately affect marginalized people. Princeton must stand with the populations it claims to serve and divest from fossil fuels.
Benjamin Getraer '19
It will take risks and sacrifice to achieve climate justice. Princeton ought to lead by real and powerful example, rather than just checking off “Green” boxes in highly visible work on campus.
Alan Southworth '14
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Rohit Gawande '11
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Jack Leahey '17
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Congressional Candidate Cathy Kunkel '06
Princeton should join the hundreds of institutions that have responded to the urgency of the climate crisis by divesting from fossil fuels, a move that makes increasing financial sense as well.
Alex Santos '19
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
D. Verne Morland '74
The managers of the Princeton endowment have a fiduciary responsibility to make responsible investments. That does not necessarily mean "maximize." When the fate of our planet is at stake, there are other companies that are doing well by doing good. Find them!
Jeremy Nelson '20
All human ingenuity rests upon our relationship with the Earth. Princeton is nothing if that relationship fails. Divest, and bring us closer to our ecological salvation.
Sanjay Narayan
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Kenneth Davis '87
I am a climate scientist. I measure the rapid accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, caused primarily by the burning of fossil fuels. Divesting from the fossil fuel industry is urgent and wise. This industry is a bad investment for Princeton and for the earth.
Nourhan Ibrahim '20
Princeton must divest from fossil fuels as a critical step towards climate justice, and as a way to truly be in the service of humanity.
Tom Leyden '77
Princeton should divest for two reasons, 1) we should not be supporting businesses that do widespreaed envrionmental harm, and, 2) it is no longer financially prudent to invest in obsolete and dying businesses especially when there are clear and better alternatives
Jayson Saleet '20
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Naomi Williams
I live in Sacramento. Like millions of Californians, and indeed, everyone on the West Coast, this summer I had to endure, on top of pandemic, weeks of wildfire-poisoned air. Annual fire seasons seem to be our new “normal,” but scientists say no: it’s going to get worse. We need major structural change to halt climate change. Princeton can make a difference. That’s why I’ve added my name to Divest Princeton.
Natasha Thomas '20
It should be part of Princeton’s anti-racist efforts to divest from some of the most damaging and exploitative companies in the world. We all know the climate crisis disproportionally affects marginalized populations. Now is your time, Princeton. End up on the right side of history.
State Senator Zach Wahls *18
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice
Isabel Bonnyman '14
Divestment is the easiest choice we can make now to avert further climate catastrophe. Current investment models fail to sufficiently account for ecosystem services that once lost or degraded will cost many, many trillions of dollars. The global climate is already tracking with the worst case climate change scenario, recurring natural disasters are costing governments and business billions of dollars per disaster in the US alone.
Connor Louden '09
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Sierra Castaneda '20
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Rev. Fletcher Harper '85
Climate change is a profoundly moral issue. It is beyond time for Princeton to cut ties with the industry which bears responsibility for it until they have credible business plans - not just empty talking points - to align their work with a livable future. At this late date in the climate crisis, and with the admirable role that the university's scientists have played in forecasting the impacts of the climate crisis, Princeton's failure to divest is ethically inexplicable and hard to fathom.
Will Brown '20
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Brian von Herzen '80
Years ago as a Princeton undergraduate, I supported Princeton divestment from Apartheid. Years later, Nelson Mandela revealed that it was university divestment that brought Apartheid to his prison cell to negotiate a peaceful transition. The same will happen with fossil fuel divestment. Stop alumni contributions until Princeton divests from fossil fuels.
Andy Dobson, Professor of EEB and LSI S'76
Fossil fuel companies are doing huge damage to the atmosphere of the planet. The grants and awards they make to Universities help gag their most qualified critics. These financial costs of theses awards are easily lost within the huge subsidies they receive from governments. These subsidies hugely distort the playing field for more viable alternative energy technologies: wind, solar, hydro and tidal.
Fossil fuel companies are barely competitive as industries in the Covidocene.
Sanchali Pal '12
Divestment is an important tool to signal dissent. We need to invest in a cleaner future for all life on earth.
Rachael Winfree *01
This is the most important ethical action that Princeton could take right now.
Cory Alperstein '78
"Princeton University strives to uphold a standard as a world-renowned educational institution: it educates in the interest of humanity. And yet it violates that mission every day by its choice to divorce itself from the consequences of the investments it makes to serve that purpose. If any institution has the wherewithal to set an example through fossil fuel divestment as we face an existential climate crisis, it is Princeton University."
Alison Holtzschue '82
Divestment sends a powerful message to the market, legislators and the public that it’s time for urgent action on climate.
Daphne Wysham '83
I have been fighting for climate & environmental justice for over 35 years, so this issue is central to my life's mission and values. This next decade will be a critical one for all life on the planet: We must adhere to global average greenhouse gas emissions cuts of at least 7.6% per year if we are to avoid possibly runaway climate change. Princeton must put its motto of "Princeton in the nation's service" into action and stop underwriting an industry that threatens present & future generations
Douglas Rushkoff '83, Professor, City University of New York
"Princeton's endowment is meant to last us hundreds of years. We need to consider investments that support this commitment to the future, instead of short-term industries that externalize their impact to the environment and global poor. The endowment won't be worth much without a civilization to use it."
Amanda M. Fulmer '01
Divesting from fossil fuels means investing in our collective future. Refusing to divest means actively choosing to invest in a system that is hastening the end of human society. Princeton, please, stand on the right side of history.
Dana Fisher '93
Professor of Sociology,
University of Maryland

Contributing Author, IPCC WG3 Sixth Assessment Report.

"To date, Oxford University, Harvard, Brown, Georgetown, American University, and the University of California system have committed to divest from fossil fuels. Princeton should join this exclusive club of forward-thinking institutions and show the world that the university is following through on its promise in the service of the nation and the world."
Sanchali Pal '12
Divestment is an important tool to signal dissent. We need to invest in a cleaner future for all life on earth.
Elizabeth Haase '85
The effects of climate change are increasingly apparent, as we appreciate the damage that increasing global pandemics, social injustic, and extreme weather can inflict on bodies and minds. The denialism of the fossil fuel companies has undermined the future of all Princeton students, jeopardizing the security of their food, water, health, and nation. Princeton cannot be committed to truth and student well being and continue to subsidize companies which cause and deny harm.
Bob & Lynne Herbst '69
"The least that Princeton University can do is divest all its fossil fuel assets. We know Princeton has made some effort to combat climate change through its research, and we are proud of its efforts. But we are not proud that Princeton, with its huge endowment, still feels it must profit from the climate crisis. The university needs to join the growing tide of universities, foundations, and other institutions in fully divesting its endowment from fossil fuels. Show the world that Princeton al
Marta Cabral '16
Princeton must divest from fossil fuel companies immediately to stop contributing to the climate crisis. It undermines its own forward-thinking research in this field by acting in direct opposition to what these findings urge us to do. Any financial gains from these investments do not come close to outweighing the detrimental consequences for the planet, which are no longer abstract projections but an alarming reality we are faced with today.
Richard Bruno '02
The carbon in the ground only becomes money when it is dumped into our air. To even slow the acceleration of our climate disasters, we must remove the financial motivation to dump carbon into our shared reservoir of air. Princeton's underwriting of these companies is a disservice to planetary habitability.
Colleen Heidorn '20
Money talks. Divestment matters. Princeton's got the funds and platform to make real change, and with those funds and that platform come the responsibility to make the world a better place.
Leslie Taylor '79
The carbon in the ground only becomes money when it is dumped into our air. To even slow the acceleration of our climate disasters, we must remove the financial motivation to dump carbon into our shared reservoir of air. Princeton's underwriting of these companies is a disservice to planetary habitability.
Bob Massie '78
"If "Princeton in the Nation’s Service and in the Service of the World” is to be anything more than empty verbiage, then the university must stop benefiting financially from an industry that has allowed its entrenched greed to lead our civilization towards suicide. The entire sector has been rejected institutional investors with trillions of dollars because they understand it has no future.. Divest Princeton has done the best analysis of the urgent need for divestment I have ever seen. Princeton
Anna Liebowitz '09
"In the face of the overwhelming nature of the climate crisis, I look for levers of power and change to which I have access. Princeton is a powerful lever; I have thrown my weight as an alumna, and gathered the weight of other alumni, to push the University to act "in the service of humanity" and hasten our transition away from fossil fuels, through every means available--including divestment."
Katie Schneer '20
Princeton will not be "in the nation's service and in the service of humanity" until it uses both its intellectual and financial influence to fight the climate crisis.
John Oakes '83
Princeton has a duty--to its immediate community and to the planet--to be a responsible steward of its resources. That means not only increasing its endowment of close to $30 billion, but investing it morally. "Princeton" is more than an abstract concept: as a corporation, its actions have real consequences. Recycling and building "environmentally friendly" dorms is not enough. Princeton's real impact comes through its staggering financial power.
Rajeev Erramilli '18
To put it fairly bluntly, Princeton will have blood on its hands and will have little credibility in claiming to be in the service of all humanity by running itself like a hedge fund and profiting on carbon emissions and the loss of biodiversity, loss of land, and loss of life that anthropogenic climate change will and already has created.
Rush Rehm '73, Professor of Classics and Theater at Stanford University.
"My grandfather (1915), father (1942), and myself (1973) all graduated from Princeton. A professor of Classics and Theater at Stanford University. I have been involved in environmental activism for some time, presenting an environmental theater piece *Voices of the Earth: From Sophocles to Rachel Carson and Beyond.* A phrase popular when I was an undergraduate - "Princeton in the Nation's Service" - would urge the university to divest from fossil fuels, as there is *nothing* that Princeton..."
Walter McMath '03
Climate action is dire and necessary.
Graham Turk '17
Princeton aims to shape students in the service of humanity, yet the very nature of its self-perpetuation threatens humanity's ability to thrive. The endowment contradicts the deep commitment to climate action already apparent in the University’s research, teaching, and campus life. Divestment would send a powerful signal to all institutions that fossil fuels are incompatible with educating the next generation of leaders, who will disproportionately experience the consequences of inaction.
John Huyler '67
I have a relatively dependable history of contributing to Annual Giving. This year I have decided to make my essentially symbolic donation to the Black Leadership Council instead of the University in hopes of adding my small voice to the to the calls for Princeton to divest from fossil fuels. If the University took such action it would embody "Princeton in the Nation's Service" and I would joyfully become a donor again.
Juan Sepulveda '18
The most persuasive method for progress is endangering the revenue streams of irresponsible institutions, as they have already made the choice to hold profit above all else. This includes Princeton as well. For it is as complicit as every company in its portfolio for every violation to humanity and the environment that it chooses to uphold or oversee.
Maya Aronoff '19 & SINSI
Princeton cannot possibly be in the "service of humanity" if it contributes to the very fossil fuel industry that will inevitably destroy all of humanity. Fossil fuels directly contribute to the destruction of every person on this planet, especially indigenous peoples and under-resourced communities around the world.
Andrew Reding *77
We are facing cataclysmic warming if we do not leave fossil fuels in the ground.
Richard Benner '68
There is no greater threat to life on earth than continued emission of carbon and methane. Any institution that invests in fossil fuels is complicit in those emissions. If Princeton divested from apartheid South Africa, there is no excuse not to divest from fossil fuels.
Carlota Corbella '20
Most people don't realize that fossil-fuel-free investment is possible and of needed environmental and societal benefit. The effects of climate change are deeply affecting many populations worldwide, not to mention ecological systems and biodiversity. Because they haven’t reached Princeton, NJ, yet, doesn't mean we shouldn't fight less for conservation efforts. If only people cared less about individual wealth and more about Earth’s preservation.
Ian Martinez '01
Princeton should act in accordance with its motto "In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity.” The debate over whether fossil fuels serve either is long over.
Lynne Archibald '87 P'16
"I believe Princeton University should divest from all fossil fuel companies in order to preserve the planet for future generations and redirect those same resources to companies committed to reversing climate change. PRINCO's fiduciary duty is to properly assess climate risk and opportunity to preserve long-term returns and the future financial health of Princeton."
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Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
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Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Theatre Intime
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Princeton Students Against Gerrymanderin
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Tiger Trends
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
The Princeton Footnotes
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Princeton Pre-Law Society
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Princeton Students for Reproductive Just
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Princeton Environmental Activism Coalition
The Princeton Environmental Activism Coalition supports divestment from fossil fuels because we believe that action to slow and stop climate change now is crucial. While it might be costly now, the future impacts of climate change will be far more costly, in both dollars and lives, especially those of Black and Indigenous People of Color. We as current students will be left to deal with the impacts of climate change at the height of our careers. Right now, as student activists, we should not be
Princeton University Ballet
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Princeton Conservation Society
Princeton Conservation Society stands for Princeton's total divestment from fossil fuels. We understand that divesting from fossil fuels and transitioning to renewable energy will be crucial in securing a safe and more equitable future for all, and are dedicated to accelerating this process.
Princeton Student Climate Initiative
The Princeton Student Climate Initiative recognizes the urgency of the climate crisis and believes that Princeton University has an obligation to invest responsibly with this urgency in mind. Fossil fuel investments are not only risky but perpetuate a reliance on carbon-intensive pathways towards catastrophic warming. We are joining Divest Princeton in calling on Princeton University to divest from fossil fuels. Our lives, as members of the youngest generation, depend on it.
SPEAR - Students for Prison Education & Reform
Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR) fully supports and endorses Divest Princeton. We believe that Princeton’s investment portfolio must reflect the stated values of the university, and it cannot do so until it commits to divestment from fossil fuels.
Princeton Democrats
The Princeton College Democrats stand with Divest Princeton in demanding that the University divest from fossil fuels. Climate change poses an existential threat to our planet. It is already estimated to cause hundreds of thousands of deaths each year, with communities of color at especially high risk. Today, over a third of climate-change-causing emissions come from just 20 fossil fuel companies. To truly stand in the service of humanity, Princeton must divest from these companies.
Princeton Students for Immigrant Empower
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
PSGE - Princeton Students for Gender Equality
In the fight for gender equality in our community, our nation, and our globe, we cannot stand idly by when environmental degradation destroys social, economic, political, and cultural opportunities for all genders. For these large problems, it is vital for powerful institutions to act while they still wield the ability to affect change. Princeton must divest from fossil fuels.
Princeton Against Gun Violence
We cannot claim to be in “the nation’s service and the service of humanity” while continuing to invest in fossil fuel industries. It is no secret that their continuous exploitation of our environment has had and will continue to have devastating effects on our communities. Only through divestment can Princeton University prove that it is indeed invested in creating a better and more sustainable future for all.
Queer Graduate Caucus
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice
Princeton Indigenous Advocacy Coalition.
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Princeton Women's Club Basketball
Members of Princeton Women's Club Basketball support Divest Princeton's campaign for immediate action to mitigate climate change by the University. Climate change is an existential threat to us all, no matter who we are or where we're from, but it affects first and foremost low income and historically marginalized populations. We join the WNBA and Divest Princeton in calling for action and encourage others to do the same.
Letters to Strangers
Letters to Strangers supports Divest Princeton and their campaign demanding the University's divestment from fossil fuels. Climate change affects our mental and physical health and in order to ameliorate the problems plaguing our world, we must stand together in the face of adversity.
Mental Health Initiative
Princeton Garden Project
Princeton has a moral responsibility to divest from fossil fuels, especially given that the majority of harm from climate change falls on the Global South and communities of color. The University cannot claim to work "In the Service of Humanity" while being financially complicit in a problem that threatens the sustainability of our collective future.
Change WWS Now
Change WWS Now stands in solidarity with Divest Princeton.
Natives at Princeton
Violence towards Native and Indigenous peoples are perpetuated by the extractive industries that bear down on our homelands, continuing impacts of colonialism, racism, and inequality.
Princeton Body Positivity
Princeton Body Positivity stands behind Divest Princeton and its commitment to fossil fuel divestment. To address problems ranging from climate change to weight stigma, we need the courage to stand up against powerful corporations, challenge the status quo, and push for systemic change. Princeton cannot remain passive when these issues threaten the safety and well being of so many individuals.
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Friends & SUPPORTERS

 
Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, Climate Leader.
No university should help keep in business the very system that is bankrupting students’ futures. It's simply not right. It's also not wise investing. Step up and lead, Princeton.
Whole Earth Center
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Harvard Forward
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Climate Justice Cornell
Princeton must follow Cornell University's lead in the long overdue call to divest from fossil fuels.
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Marine biologist, policy expert, writer
It is absurd and reckless that Princeton hasn't yet divested from fossil fuels. This failure calls into question the university's legacy of academic rigor, given that it brushes aside robust scientific analysis about the horrifying world on the horizon if we fail to act boldly.
Yale Forward
All universities, including both Yale and Princeton, should align their governance with their values as institutions to address social, racial, and environmental justice, starting with the ethical management of their endowments. Yale Forward supports Divest Princeton.
Bill McKibben. Author, Educator, Environmentalist
"Princeton’s divestment would send the strongest possible message: it’s time to start bringing down the curtain on the fossil fuel age, and speeding the transition to what comes next. Institutions with long and storied pasts need to place themselves on the right side of the future!"
Students for Environmental Awareness Rutgers
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice
Our Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice is honored to support Divest Princeton’s proposal for Princeton University to divest from fossil fuels which affects our environment at this very moment & even moreso into the future. As members of the Princeton community, we call upon Princeton University to take strong, meaningful, & immediate action to mitigate climate change for ourselves & our children. We thank you for your consideration of this important action.
Juanjo Martinb, President of Cverde NGO,
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Labyrinth Books
As the West Coast burns, we are reminded of the absolute urgency of drastically limiting our collective reliance on fossil fuels in order to mitigate the worst of present and future climate catastrophes. Labyrinth Books joins the many Princeton voices urging the University to divest from fossil fuels and invest, rather, in renewable energies. The world that today’s students will inherit depends on making these kinds of hard choices today.
Alexandria Villaseñor, Founder, Founder of @earth_uprising
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
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Theresa Rose Sebastian,  Indian/Irish climate activist
As an educational institution, Princeton has the responsibility to protect and care for their students. Unless they divest, they are breaking their responsibility to care for their students. Siding with Big Oil is immediately destroying your students' future. I ask you Princeton, to divest NOW!
Humanities Hearts
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Lochlann Jain, Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
“Foundations, universities, and other institutions with significant endowments have an important role to play in ending reliance on fossil fuels. We can send signals to the market and plant aspirational flags for investors to rally around. We endorse Divest Princeton’s call to for the university to divest from fossil fuels and move toward a more just and sustainable future.”
John Paul Jose, climate activist, India
It's disgusting that institutes that are, and should be, showing paths to a sustainable and equitable future are clinging to proponents of nature's destruction. It's difficult for a university which teaches the science and accepts scientific research to also accept the science of climate crisis as well. We are running out of time and everyone should act now. When the entire student and faculty community demands it, it should be happen.
Eyal Weintraub, Global Climate Strike, Argentina
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice
Coalition for Peace Action
We endorse the Divest Princeton campaign, as an advocacy non-profit doing grassroots organizing in Princeton and beyond for 40 years. Our No Wars, No Warming campaign (see peacecoalition.org) expresses our fundamental belief in the reallocation of resources to a green future, and divesting from fossil fuels falls directly in line with that vision. We stand behind the Divest Princeton movement!
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Bill Gleason, Professor of English and A
It's time for Princeton to join this movement. We can't afford to wait any longer.
Sean Miller, Undergraduate Administrator
Clean energy investments help to stop climate change, save biodiversity, ensure environmental justice, grow and modernize our economy, and allow for energy independence. Fossil fuel investments do the opposite of all these things. Fossil fuels are also a finite resource and dying industry. The long-term ROI for clean energy, a limitless resource, will be astronomical. The science, morality, and finances are clear - we must divest from fossil fuels.
Mark Drury, Lecturer in Anthropology
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Noa Corcoran-Tadd, Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer in Latin American Studies
After a year that has shown us both our major failures and successes in facing a different global challenge, I would strongly hope that Princeton takes the decisive and concrete action of divestment as we face the much larger global climate crisis.
Tomaz Mastnak, Research Scholar
Without a principled and clear commitment to climate justice, all the talk about any other kind of justice will sound insincere and unconvincing at best.
Daniel Greenhouse, Visiting Professor
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Daniel Gardiner '72, Visiting Research C
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Christiane Fellbaum, Lecturer, Computer Science
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Ryo Morimoto, Assistant Professor Anthro
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Peter Wirzbicki, Assistant Professor of History
Future generations will not understand why Princeton, a school with such vast resources, put money over the health of the earth. We can easily do the right thing here and make sure that we are not complicit in any further contribution to climate change.
Gabriela Nouzeilles, Emory L. Ford Professor of Spanish
Climate change is unleashing a global catastrophe that will impact the planet and the life of our children and students in devastating ways. Fossil fuels are a major factor in this crisis. We need to stop subsidizing oil companies and support alternative green energy now before it is too late.
Julia Elyachar, Associate Professor of A
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Eve M. Aschheim, Lecturer, Lewis Center for the Arts
Climate change has already had devastating effects on communities in some developing nations, and unchecked, it will have catastrophic consequences around the world, including in the US. The University should fight for the future of our students, and of humanity, in every way possible, including divesting the endowment of holdings in fossil fuel companies. Faculty and staff should insist on retirement funds that are divested of fossil fuels. Keep the carbon in the ground!
Michael Oppenheimer, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs
“I support the movement demanding that all universities, particularly Princeton, as well as other key institutions terminate expeditiously and on a timescale that does not interfere with their central educational mission, their current investments in firms that extract and sell fossil fuels, and avoid all such investments in the future”
Su Friedrich
Professor of Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts

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"This seems to me like a no-brainer, considering the floods, hurricanes, fires....need I go on?"
Zia Mian,Research Scientist and Co-Director, Program in Science and Global Security (SGS)
It is impossible to reconcile Princeton’s claim to be “In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity” with its refusal to reckon with the systems of exclusion, domination, and appropriation which have enabled its wealth and privileges, such as investing in and profiting from companies whose activities harm people and planet. Divesting from fossil fuels would be one small step in this reckoning and in the service of humanity.
Rob Nixon, Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family in the Humanities and the Environment
Divestment is ethically urgent and can be done without harming the endowment. Given Princeton's stature, we should be in the ethical vanguard not reluctant followers. The reputational costs of refusing to divest from an anachronistic and immoral industry are growing by the day. Let our actions affirm an emergent world liberating from an industry with a long history of undermining the scientific projections of its own researchers and bankrolling climate denialism. Let's help safeguard the world o
Aleksandar Hemon, Professor in Creating Writing, Lewis Center for the Arts
It appalls me that we're well past risking the future of this planet and our children's life on it for the sake of profit and convenience and out of fear of change. Divesting from fossil fuels is not only ethically necessary but also inescapable. Let's do it now.
Esther Meyer, Professor Emerita, Art and Archaeology
“Universities cannot both teach climate science and invest in the oil
industry which has promoted our dependence on fossil fuels and caused
irreversible damage to our planet. The future of our students and of
countless young people across the world should come before financial
dividends.”
David Wilcove *85, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs
Given the gravity of our climate crisis and the urgency of acting now rather than later, Princeton has an obligation to present and future generations divest from companies that make the production of fossil fuels a major component of their business.
Jerry Zee, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics
Princeton's scientists and other faculty are among the leaders in modeling climate change and exploring its political and ethical implications. The university should show, by its own actions, in teaching, in its own emissions, and in its investments, that this theoretical understanding has practical consequences.
M.V. Ramana, Former Research Staff Member and Lecturer
"Scientists and scholars in Princeton and around the world have catalogued in great detail the present and future impacts of climate change. But, to borrow a thought from Karl Marx, the ultimate point of all this work that the University supports should be to change what is happening. It is past time to change the practice of continuing to invest in fossil fuels."
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