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Harvard on shaky ground in stance over fossil fuel investments

It is disheartening, to say the least, to read that Harvard has decided not to divest from fossil fuel investments (Metro, Oct. 4). It would perhaps be understandable if we were transported back a generation or two. But now that we know the dimensions of the real havoc we are wreaking, for a respected institution of higher learning to decide, as Harvard president Drew Faust puts it, that “the endowment is . . . not an instrument to impel social or political change” is to miss the point entirely.

This is about survival. It is about the necessity to reframe the way we live, and the way we think about what we do, so that our species will not join the rolls of extinction.

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The endowment pays for more than one-third of Harvard activities each year. How enriching and educational can these activities be when the university itself is setting such an appallingly short-sighted and self-centered example?

I hope this decision will be reversed, and quickly.

Claire Silvers

Cambridge

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