Darcy DuMont: Amherst should join ranks on fossil fuel divestment
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To the editor:
There’s something about Amherst divesting from fossil fuel companies that makes me feel so good. I think it’s a combination of things.
For one, I like that it would make Amherst part of a monumental global movement within colleges, religious organizations and other cities and towns — and even the state of Massachusetts — to divest from fossil fuel companies. A movement full of hope and moral clarity. And a movement that is growing faster than any previous divestment campaign.
I like that it allows our investments to be consistent with a sustainable Amherst. But most importantly, I like that Amherst divestment would put pressure on the fossil fuel industry and on governments to act quickly to move toward an alternative energy/conservation economy, especially when added to recent dire warnings from the scientific community about what it will take to stay below the agreed upon 2 degree Celsius limit. Call me crazy, but I see a clean green world coming, and soon.
I’m optimistic. And aren’t we lucky to be given the opportunity to lead?
I strongly urge Town Meeting to vote in favor of Alice Swift’s resolution for Amherst to adopt a policy not to invest in fossil fuel companies.