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.

Submit your own endorsement here.

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.

In addition to endorsing the divestment campaign,

all Princetonians can also sign the open letter to President Eisgruber here

Students

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Molly Sauter '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Jahir Morris '24
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Stella Sokolowski '21
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Mark Paolini '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Ryan Warsing GS
An institution as rich and as powerful as Princeton should lead the way on climate solutions without any “help” from bad actors in the fossil fuel industry. Divestment is the first step toward justice and a Princeton we can be proud of.
Titi Sodimu '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Irina Markina Current GS
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Sakura Price '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Julia Walton '21
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Sonia Sobrino Ralston '21
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Sydney S. Johnson '24
As an institution bearing the motto “in our nation’s service” and prioritizing innovation, it is Princeton’s duty to divest from fossil fuels and take the next steps toward supporting cleaner energy sources. As Princetonians, we must take an active role in the betterment of our futures and hold Princeton to the same standard.
Daniel Strayer '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Michelle Dai '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Sasha Culley '21
Climate change is no longer solely an environmental crisis, it’s a humanitarian crisis and the moral imperative of our time. Princeton’s continual involvement and legitimization of the fossil fuel industry is in direct conflict with the university’s motto “Princeton in the nation’s service and the service of humanity”. With fossil fuels presenting an existential threat to humanity, it is imperative that Princeton University divests its endowment as a first step towards climate justice.
Shay McBride '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Luca Kuziel, 21
Fossil fuel industries are not only directly contributing to the destruction of our planet, they also fund the private prison industry in the US. If you care about life and creating a just society, you must divest.
Aneesha Manocha '23
S. Atwood GS
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Imaan Khasru '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
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.
Christine Hu '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Marissa Mejia '23
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.
Sophia Winograd '21
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.
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.
Emily Ryu '21
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Bryan To '22
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.
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.
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.
Mayu Takeuchi '23
A vote for divestment is a vote for our future. I'm voting YES to divest because I believe Princeton has the power and duty to lead the world toward sustainability now and for years to come. By divesting from fossil fuels Princeton will send a clear message - the right message - that we need to invest in a clean energy future to truly be in the Service of Humanity.
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.
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.
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.
Tom Taylor, Current GS
Walter McMath '03
Climate action is dire and necessary.
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Faculty & Staff

 

alumni

Katherine Belilty '24
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Tony Owens '24
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Grace Chung '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Kathleen Song '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Ross Teixeira G2
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Chris Pan '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Emma Harlan '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Emma Mohrmann '24
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
David Kim '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Daniel Wey '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Ryan Cho '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Adam Reinhold GS
Not only are fossil fuels outdated and in need of replacement, but have also underperformed versus the market for the past decade. I cannot see how investing in a steadily declining market is a smart strategy for profits, something the university must care dearly about.
Turquoise Brewington '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Ipsita Tingi
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Ashira Shirali '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Juan Nova '23
The Divestment referendum is not only a good move in the right direction for Princeton, but a necessary one. With the environmental crisis facing the globe today, it is necessary that Princeton stays true to being “In the Nation’s Service” and actively takes steps to address this dilemma. As someone who does calling for Annual Giving, I see support for divestment from alumni, undergraduates, and graduates alike.
Bradley Phelps '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Bryan Alfaro '24
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Joshua Rogers '24
As a Californian this is personal. Climate Change has and will continue to tear apart this nation if we don’t start taking this issue seriously. Princeton must divest from fossil fuels in order to preserve not only the reputation of Princeton but the stability of our nation, which we say we are in the service of.
Jailany Thiaw '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Sean Bradley '24
It is my firm belief that if Princeton does not begin to take steps towards divestment, it will be an incredible failure in its service to humanity. Not only is it an important step in order to fight climate change, but it is also a symbolic action that could result in other universities following us. Princeton must be a leader in environmental sustainability & without divestment, we never will be.
Elizabeth Petrov '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Kesavan Srivilliputhur '23
Divestment is a critical step towards a greener future. Some may call it a radical change, however, we are a capitalist nation, and divestment is a strong capitalist statement towards a greener future.
Lauren Fahlberg '24
After witnessing firsthand the effects of climate change on glacial shrinkage in Bolivia, I realize that we in the U.S. typically do not recognize the existential threat that climate change poses. Divestment is a small step we can take to make a big impact! We need to take climate change seriously and act now, while we still can!
Ethan Glattfelder '21
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Mariam Latif '24
In an effort to uphold the notion of service to both the nation and humanity, the university’s discontinued investment in fossil fuels is a necessary first step. With the severity of climate change and its impact, working to help mitigate these negative effects via fossil fuel divestment is integral.
Miriam Beams '24
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Anja Kalaba GS
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Brian Kraus GS
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Anna Hiltner '23
The greatest leverage we have as Princeton students in the climate fight is the Princeton name and its $26 billion endowment. We must take action against the greatest crisis the world has ever seen and we need the members of the Board to use their enormous positions of power to listen to what we are asking of them. And we are optimistic that they will. We don’t have the luxury of believing that they won’t.
Lauren Feldman GS
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Christine Nguyen '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Andres de la Lama '24
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Gaea Lawton '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Ryan Sung '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Zulaikha Ayub GS
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Shrey Addagatla '24
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Annette Lee '24
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Hye Jee Kim '21
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Andrew Nelson GS
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Julia Ruskin '22
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Carrington Johnson '24
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Grady Trexler '24
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Genrietta Churbanova '24
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Ayush Alag '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Andrew Alexander '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Caroline Subbiah '23
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
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Evan Warner '12
The judgment of history will not be kind to the guardians of intellectual life who prioritized fundraising over a liveable future.
Colin Webster '88
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
James Moses '88
For Princeton to be in the Nation's service, and the planet's, it must divest from its interests in fossil fuels. The University cannot both accept climate science and remain invested. The time is long past.
Doug Kelbaugh '67
Climate Change is the biggest kahuna to face humanity. We need to act immediately and aggressively.
Rafael Grillo Avila '14
Building a sustainable future requires taking the capital we're investing in unsustainable practices and putting it towards sustainable ones.
Michael Merlone '11
By continuing to invest in the fossil fuel industry, Princeton's endowment is part of the climate change problem. Put our money where your mouth is. Divest!
Peter Sopher '11
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Kate Rose '01
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
S. Cailey Hall '07
If Princeton wants to attempt to live up to its motto of being "in the nation's service and in the service of humanity," they need to divest from fossil fuels.
Benjamin Oseroff '11
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Mike Henchen '06
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Tommi Hurme '08
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Marty Krasney '67
Princeton is not in the service of all nations or any present or future generations, as long as it is complicit in the proliferation of fossil fuels.
Anna Zabel '19
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Cliff Eames'67
I'm a member of the Class of 1967 and I strongly support the Divest Princeton campaign. As a leading educational institution, acting responsibly, not allowing the ends to justify the means, and combating climate change should be a no brainer.
Justin Poser '16
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Luis Castro '88
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Yoni Kirsch '16
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Trent Biggs '95
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Claudia Solis-Roman '11
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Cliff Whetung '13
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Niklas Peters '11
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Joaquin Garcia '20
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Sidra Ahmad '20
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Tessa Kaneene '07
Katharine Dunn '88
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Kohei Noda '11
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Clarissa Hayward '88
Princeton has the resources and the ability to be a leader on climate justice. Divesting is an important first step in that direction.
Charles D. Collins '88
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Malavika Balachandran Tadeusz '12
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Aparna Raghu '18
With Princeton celebrating all of the coursework, student groups, research, and initiatives focused on sustainability and environmental justice, it is hypocritical of Princeton to not divest from fossil fuels. I expect better from the school where I deepened my learning about and commitment to environmental and food justice from incredible peers and faculty working to advance these goals.
Catherine Ivanovich '17
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Justin Karfo '11
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Bryan Locascio
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Ben Levenson '13
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Joshua Blaine '08
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Karen Wolfgang '06
It's time for every organization at every level to do its part to create the world we need, instead of continuing to support the world as it has been. Take a stand In the Nation's Service and the Service of Humanity.
Marc Gavin '89
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Steph Hill '10
Divestment is an important measure of Princeton's commitment to a carbon-negative future and the decoupling of the economy from carbon and pollution intensive industries such as fossil fuels. Princeton is the academic home of brilliant environmental researchers and claims to be "in the service of all nations." It is vital that the university is not simultaneously financially benefiting from these destructive industries.
Amanda Blaine '03
I’ve always felt torn about donating to Princeton. When I received the invitation to endorse divestment, I had a full body YES with no hesitation. Let’s invest in companies that are actively addressing the crisis we are in rather than burying our heads in the sand. Divestment is one step of many we need to take to address our societal and institutional legacy of exploitation of people and environment.
Andrew Goldstein '06
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
John Wetenhall '11
Shifting our investment dollars is such an important lever in the race to address climate change, and it's time Princeton takes action.
Nicholas De Veaux '11
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Alexa Fredston-Hermann '12
My Princeton education prepared me for a career studying how climate change affects biodiversity, which is how I'm certain that my alma mater needs to divest from fossil fuels, NOW. Princeton's continued investment in fossil fuels violates its motto of being "in the service of humanity" and is an embarrassment to the alumni and campus communities.
Fernando Cazares '04
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Daniel Oscar '88
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Andrew Eil *GS
I have committed myself personally and professionally to making sure our society invests its resources with an eye towards climate solutions. I look forward to the day in the near future when I can support Princeton again when it is aligned with these deeply held convictions.
Jack Neus '20
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Isabel Pike '11
Our natural world is buckling under the weight of climate change and the human suffering caused is not distributed equally. Princeton should divest from fossil fuels for the interest of its own students and alumni, but also those around the world whose lives are being devastated by climate change. Divestment is a moral imperative.
Nathan Edgerton '07
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Eli Kimbell '20
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Amy Mayer '88
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
David Foellinger '74
The most precious thing in my life I see is my next cool breath of fresh air, but Mother Nature gives no guarantees so it’s time we all take care.
Mary Batterman '20
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Susan McDowell Friedman '94
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as a critical first step towards climate justice. We have no time left to waste if we are to avert catastrophe -- we are already seeing the kinds of devastation extreme weather will bring as climate change accelerates unpredictable and extreme weather patterns. Princeton must invest in solutions, not problems.
George Favaloro '81
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Emily Kraeck '17
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Morgan Blair Nelson '16
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Brian Rice '11
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Matt Hale '11
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Thomas Jankovic '20
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Claire Adair '19
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Lauren Coleman '14
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Caaimanee Pandit '11
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Matthew Hetrick '20
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Monica Pless
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Peter Schmidt
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Anastasia (Oldham) Fitz '10
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Dana Benedict-Wilson '09
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
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ALUMNI

Kirk Emerson '73
I support Princeton divesting its portfolio from fossil fuels.
Rev. Jim Antal '72
Leadership is what the world needs to unite humanity as we embrace our highest moral responsibility: to protect and restore our common home. Princeton has provided leadership and developed leaders for generations. None of that history will matter unless Princeton joins the hundreds of other institutions that have divested from fossil fuel corporations. Princeton should align all of its assets (faculty; curriculum; research; campus; endowment) to address the climate crisis.
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.
Myeong-Kyoo Cheong '14
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Andrew Morrow '90
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Gina Talt '15
To mirror on-campus efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2046, Princeton needs to simultaneously begin to divest from fossil fuels in order to call attention to and address the structural changes needed for a just, clean-energy transition.
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.
Sanjay Narayan
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.
Alex Santos '19
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
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.
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.
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 S'76, Professor of EEB and LSI
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
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.
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."
Angeline Gould '14
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
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Natasha Thomas '20
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Dharit Tantiviramanond '15
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Austin deButts '16
I support Princeton's divestment from fossil fuels because I believe that "Princeton in the Nation's Service and the Service of Humanity" should be more than just a motto.
Aaron Charlop-Powers '20
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Henrietta Smith '20
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Kelly McCabe '18
A university purportedly dedicated to the service of humanity should not participate in funding our planet's destruction and endangering the health and wellbeing of millions of people.
Joan Ricart-Huguet '18
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Jonathan Greenberg '78
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Mark Szybist '94
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Marilyn Waite '06
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Judy Brewer '78
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Ramesh Nagarajan '03
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Shelley Zhao '18
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Danny Altman '67
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Kathy Watson '78
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Patricia Lin '91
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Douglas Krakower '96
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Bertrand Carissimo *87
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Ben Diamond '16
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Bill Pugh '96
The next 1,000 Princeton classes (and the rest of the world) will thank all of us for divesting now rather than waiting.
Amy Gobel '12
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Solomon Barnett '05
Princeton has a history of leadership and transformational change. It is time for Princeton step up and lead the divestment movement to protection countless Princetonians into the future.
Quin Pompi '17
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Hilde Creager '15
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Richa Gawande '08
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Larry Moffett '82
As a Princeton undergrad I studied Mechanical Engineering because of my interest in solar energy. I wasn't able to pursue it as a career, but now 40 years later the time has come to abandon fossil fuels and prepare for a carbon-free future based on renewable energy.
Brian Childs *81
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Shefali Nayak '18
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Igor Dolgov '03
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Laura Diamond *12
Our future depends on climate action and divesting from fossil fuels is a critical step we must take.
Marc Fishman '17
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Michael Milam '20
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
James Bonner '67
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Sean Hartofilis '03
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Thomas Kehler '60
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Paul Hechinger '83
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Desma Holcomb '77
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Chris Brandt '65
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Alexander Barnard '09
If an institution as wealthy as Princeton can't free itself from fossil fuels, who can?
Stephen Teich '62
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Robert Hamm '72
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Lily Lesser '17
Charles Ruas '60
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Joshua Morrison '17
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Jerome Hoffman '68
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Charles Ruas '60
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Arun Ivatury '99
Princeton has rightfully begun confronting its role in the systemic racism and injustice that afflicts American society. For this reckoning to be more than rhetorical, Princeton needs to face head on how its own copious financial resources are funding climate-altering activity that will prove catastrophic for hundreds of millions of poor, Black, brown and indigenous people throughout the world. As an urgent first step toward climate justice, Princeton should divest from fossil fuels now!
Jerome Hoffman '68
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Megan Soun Thomsen '17
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Nicholas Sexton '17
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.
Adrian Tasistro-Hart '17
Princeton should divest from fossil fuels as an urgent first step towards climate justice.