11.10.14 - Join the MIT Climate Conversation, Support Divestment!

11.10.14 – Join the MIT Climate Conversation, Support Divestment!

In response to the rapidly-growing fraction of the community demanding divestment of the Institute’s $12.4 billion endowment from the fossil fuel industry, MIT President Rafael Reif recently launched a campus-wide debate about what actions MIT should take in the face of the climate crisis1 [read more here]. The first phase of this MIT Climate Change Conversation, an Idea Bank open to the entire MIT community, was this Monday launched by the administration and the Conversation‘s steering committee2. We invite you to take part.

The Idea Bank is your chance as a member of MIT to propose actions that MIT should take in the face of the climate crisis. Today Fossil Free MIT submitted its formal proposal for divestment to the Idea Bank, but so many MIT community members had already beaten us to it, submitting their own divestment proposals! We encourage you to add a proposal of your own and to vote for our proposal, underscoring for the administration the overwhelming campus-wide support for divestment at MIT.

UPDATE [11/28/2014]: As of today, 123 people have voted for Fossil Free MIT’s proposal to the Idea Bank; almost an order of magnitude more votes than most other proposals have received. With so many independent proposals, divestment is the overwhelming top-trending proposal for climate action at MIT. Thank you so much for your continued support!


  1. 05.08.14 – President Reif announces leader of MIT environment initiative and “campus-wide conversation on how to tackle climate change” that will “provide recommendations for action”, Fossil Free MIT (May 8, 2014). [link] []
  2. 11.10.14 – Letter regarding the launch of Idea Bank for the MIT Climate Change Conversation, MIT News Office (November 10, 2014). [link] []