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How Fossil Fuel Divestment Can Rewrite the Climate Narrative

How Fossil Fuel Divestment Can Rewrite the Climate Narrative

Geoffrey Supran

For 58 days, we sat at the doorstep of MIT’s president. 1,400 hours. Long enough to see the seasons change. Long enough to see atmospheric carbon dioxide levels creep quietly above 400 parts per million. We saw Halloween and Thanksgiving come and go.

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You certainly can’t build a climate narrative solely on fossil fuel divestment because a large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions is not directly related to obtaining energy from fossil fuels. So no one narrative will do. Besides fossil fuels it is also about deforestation, eating meat and dairy, using nitrogen fertilizers for agriculture, CFCs in refrigerators and air conditioners, making steel and cement, etc. In addition, the second biggest contributor to global warming is supposedly emissions of soot. So we multiple narratives leading to a comprehensive approach.

I’d add the damming of rivers for large-scale hydroelectric for heavy industrial mining / production, the large-scale globalized centralized model of agriculture for export, the ‘planned obsolescence’ model of industrial production and egregious externalized cost of mountains and seas of waste.


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Yes, I agree.

Divesting from Fossil fuel company shares would only help if the money is then used to provide new capital to renewable energy companies and/or used to reduce fossil fuel requirement of the organization itself.
Demand reduction is the best way to leave the fossil fuel in the ground.