All these pics of the weekend’s pro-divestment demonstrations are from Adrian Leong ’16.
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This past weekend, the Middlebury College Board of Trustees chose not to vote on the divestment of the 4.2% of our endowment (over over $36 million) invested in fossil fuels and arms manufacturing. Despite the panels, endorsements, and demonstrations, the Board decided to “put it off” until next year. Or until the year after that. Or until never.
Here is are some thoughts from one pro-divestment demonstrator:
“They told student organizers that we have to be patient, that we have to wait. Millions of people suffering the destruction of their communities at the hands of fossil fuel industry and arms manufacturers do not have the luxury of waiting any longer.”
The no-vote didn’t seem to enter the campus gossip mill this week amidst the stress of finals and the even greater stress of senior crush lists.
Has the issue of divestment exhausted itself among students on campus? A sizable group of students cared enough to gather outside of Old Chapel for Friday’s Divestment Darty, and a smaller (but noisier) group of students chanted outside of Old Chapel during the Trustees’ 9-11:30AM meeting on Saturday. But the diehards aside, do people still care about divestment? Faculty, staff, and alumni seem to. Will more of the same types of action work, or does a new strategy need to be found for those who are trying to the fight fossil fuel and weapons industries? Leave your thoughts in the comments.