Until recently, oil ran in the veins of the Rockefeller family. The heirs of a fortune that was created by a monopoly on the oil industry have decided to wipe their hands clean. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a philanthropic organization created by the sons of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., whose wealth was generated by Standard Oil, announced in September 2014 that they would divest, or sell their shares, from coal, tar sands and other fossil fuel companies “as quickly as is prudent over the next few years.” Since then, the Fund has been limiting its investments in fossil fuels while increasing its holdings in renewable energy. Valerie Rockefeller Wayne, the chair of the Fund, explained that the Fund is divesting because “continuing down the fossil fuel path is both immoral and financially imprudent.”
Today, the president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Stephen Heintz, is meeting with the Investment Committee, a subcommittee of the Tufts University Board of Trustees (who direct the university’s financial decisions). They plan to discuss the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s divestment process with the Tufts Trustees. This meeting is one of the outcomes of Tufts Climate Action’s April 2015 sit-in in President Monaco’s office. Continue reading
Across Turtle Island (an Anishinaabe name for North America) and the world, indigenous communities are at the front lines of industrial and environmental destruction. They are among the most threatened by both the impacts of climate change and its causes, namely oil and gas pipelines and drilling sites, and other energy pollution such as radioactive waste from nuclear power plants. In the Dakotas, man camps – where the mostly White, male pipeline and fracking workers live – are rampant with sexual trafficking and rape of Native women. First Nation parents l
iving near tar sands extraction in Athabasca have been forced to choose between feeding their children food that they know is cancerous and not feeding them at all. For the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, traditional food sources have been polluted with carcinogenic runoff from tar-sands mining. Food in stores is often unhealthy and unaffordable for families, many of whom live in poverty. At the same time, indigenous people and nations are leading the fight against fossil-fueled colonialism. The Unist’ot’en in so-called British Columbia are holding a blockade to protect their traditional land from multiple tar sands and fracked gas pipelines that threaten to poison food and water. The Rosebud Sioux tribe and many other Native Americans have been instrumental in the recent defeat of the Keystone XL Pipeline. By celebrating Indigenous People’s Day at Tufts, we can honor the long and ongoing Native tradition of powerful resistance against the fossil fuel industry’s continuation of genocide and colonialism.
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