Many of you may be aware of the Keystone XL pipeline, which, when completed, would run from Canada, through the United States, to the Gulf of Mexico. It would have devastating environmental effects while perpetuating our dependence on fossil fuels. In response to the current debate surrounding the pipeline, Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and Nobel peace laureate, calls for “an apartheid-style boycott to save the planet.” Additionally, he has publicly voiced his support for divestment from the fossil fuel industry. He states, “We cannot necessarily bankrupt the fossil fuel industry. But we can take steps to reduce its political clout, and hold those who rake in the profits accountable for cleaning up the mess.”
Archbishop Tutu then advocates for divestment as a means to that end. “Young people across the world have already begun to do something about it. The fossil fuel divestment campaign is the fastest growing corporate campaign of its kind in history.”
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