Professor and author Cecelia Tichi writes that Vanderbilt can use its power as a private institution to speak in a language that the fossil fuel companies understand: dollars and cents. “Vanderbilt and other universities ought to kiss goodbye to fossil fuel energy stocks. Money talks. Its voice reaches into the high-decibel range. The health of the planet — perhaps the survival of civilization — requires marketplace pressure now. Divest, divest.”
Professor David Wood is the W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy and co-directed (with Beth Conklin) the research group on Ecology and Spirituality for the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture (2004-2009). Here, he argues that divestment from global warming agents and reinvestment in clean energy is a leadership opportunity for Vanderbilt as a university.
Antarctic Geologist and professor in the Earth and Environmental Science Department Molly Miller argues that the Earth will survive climate change, but humans may not do quite so well. “Many well-meaning folks want to ‘save the Earth,’ but that really is not necessary. The Earth has been functioning just fine over its 4.6 billion year history, and will continue to do so… What we’re really talking about here is saving ourselves and minimizing human suffering.”
The entire Opinion section, pages 4-5, of this week’s The Vanderbilt Hustler is dedicated to divestment/reinvestment. We had 5 professors and 2 PhD candidates write in to express their support for Reinvest Vanderbilt and VSG’s resolution. We’re very thankful all 7 took the time to write such eloquent and intelligent pieces. Check it out!