This call to action comes from the students of Divest Middlebury. 

UPDATE: Check out the campuses who have signed on below this call to action. 


We are writing to you as students that have been told by our administrations that our colleges and universities will not be divesting from fossil fuels.Divest Midd

This doesn’t mean, however, that the fight is over. Many of us expected a no, recognizing that the majority of campaigns won’t receive a yes with their first ask. We know the history of the apartheid divestment movement and have heard the stories of successful environmental and justice struggles on our campuses.

We know that hearing ‘no’ is just a sign we need to escalate our tactics. ‘No’ is the motivator we need to build our power until there’s no option but ‘yes’. We won’t stop until our campus has divested from fossil fuels.

But we also don’t have endless time. As Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.” While our universities stall, people continue to suffer from environmental racism and injustice, and the climate crisis grows more dire. At this particular historical moment, we have a great responsibility. We must shake our communities out of the status quo, because we cannot afford to be late.

Students are returning to their campaigns and moving forward beautifully, creatively and thoughtfully. Let’s share our stories, call friends at other campuses and meet up at Power Shift and regional convergences.

Will you join us this semester to take our campaigns to the next level — to organize, to escalate, and in the end, to win? Let’s fight for justice and the communities we love.

In Solidarity,

Divest Middlebury


Hamilton College Divestment Campaign

Fossil Free Minnesota: University of Minnesota

Divest Dartmouth

CSSC Chico and CSSC Butte

Divest Brandeis 

Divest Boston University

Fossil Free MIT

Divest Harvard 

Tufts Divest for our Future

Northeastern University

Boston College Fossil Free

Divest UMass Amherst

Mt. Holyoke College Divest

Swarthmore Mountain Justice

Kyoto Now! Cornell University

If you’re planning to build the pressure on your campus with student action this semester, email to endorse this call to action.