Who We Are
Divest Northeastern University (DivestNU) is a coalition of over 20 student groups committed to a university-wide campaign advocating that the university divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry.
Global warming is already causing drastic changes in our climate: drastic ocean acidification, large-scale melting of Arctic ice, intensification of natural disasters, and disruption of the world’s ecosystems. Burning fossil fuels is directly responsible for these phenomena.
Those who contribute the least to climate change are impacted the most. Low income communities, communities of color, and communities in the developing world are hit first and worst by natural disasters. Stopping climate change is a necessity to create a just world, and that is our ultimate goal.
What is Divestment?
Divestment campaigns across the nation are encouraging universities, corporations, businesses, and other institutions to relinquish their investments in the fossil fuel industry. The respective enterprise will immediately freeze new investments in the fossil fuel industry and gradually divest over a carefully planned five year period.
Northeastern University prides itself on innovation and leadership. Just a few decades ago, Northeastern made a public impact by divesting $21 million from apartheid South Africa. The opportunity has risen once again to be a leader in social change for an ethical and just cause.