Doctoral candidate Rebecca Tuvel writes that because rich nations created much of the problem of climate change, it is our responsibility to come up with the solution. “What is Vanderbilt’s role in all this? For starters, if we are committed not merely to discussing issues of justice in the classroom, but to helping solve them, then Vanderbilt must divest from the fossil fuel industry and commit to sustainable energy. Only then can we members of the Vanderbilt community proudly consider ourselves agents in remedying the historical and ongoing injustices exacerbated by climate change.”
Doctoral candidate Killian Quigley writes that reinvesting in renewable technologies will allow us to move beyond the dirty fuels that, for now, make modern life possible.
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!
The Vanderbilt Hustler covers Vanderbilt Student Government’s passage of a resolution asking the Office of Investments to divest from fossil fuel stocks and reinvest in renewable technologies.