Divestment fulfills MIT’s moral imperative by putting an end to unconscionable investments of up to $1 billion per year in the industry at the root of global warming. 


Corruptio optimi pessima - Corruption of the best is the worst

Climate change preferentially afflicts those least to blame – our poor, our elderly and our unborn – for want not of solutions, but of courage in the face of greed. Year after year, MIT invests a large and unknown portion of its $11 billion endowment1 in the fossil fuel companies at the root of climate change, in order to make a profit. MIT is funding the only industry in the world that is allowed to pollute the planet for free.

Science is supposed to provide a moral check on the pursuit of self-interest, but instead we are lending fossil fuel companies a social licence – our “moral prestige”2. At Fossil Free MIT, we think it’s time to take it back.


The immorality of climate change.



  1. MIT News Office, MIT releases endowment figures for 2013 (September 2013). [link] []
  2. Monbiot, G. Oxford University won’t take funding from tobacco companies. But Shell’s OK. The Guardian (May 2013). [link] []
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