What is it about the fossil fuel divestment movement that makes Boston Globe columnists so angry? Is it that divestment has inspired thousands of people around the world to think they can make a real difference, unlike these gloomy, repetitive lectures?
What’s most revealing is that neither Beam nor Keane mentions having any conversation with divestment activists. If they had, they’d learn that divestment isn’t about trying to deal a crippling financial blow to the fossil fuel industry, and it’s not intended a one-step cure-all to global warming. As David Roberts wrote at Vox:
Nobody thinks the divestment movement can hurt fossil fuel companies in any direct financial way, but that’s not what it seeks to do. Rather, it seeks to put mainstream institutions on record defining climate mitigation as a moral imperative, to create social consensus that inaction is not neutral — it is immoral.
“Divestment is effective because it goes after the social license of the industry, helping to turn Big Fossil Fuels into Big Tobacco, a pariah industry that has lost its stranglehold on the political process,” writes 350’s Jamie Henn in today’s Globe.
Instead of blasting these young leaders from the comfort of their offices, Beam and Keane should get out onto a campus and actually talk to them. It would be a breath of fresh air for all of us.
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