WASHINGTON DC — On Friday May 17th, American University students joined a nationwide campaign active on 320 campuses calling on universities to divest from 200 companies that hold the vast majority of the world’s oil, coal and gas reserves. Climate change caused by the unchecked burning of fossil fuels poses a critical threat to human life on earth. Fossil fuel divestment supporters reject the idea that higher education should be financed by companies whose business plans guarantee there will not be a livable planet for the future.

Speakers included students Deirdre Shelly, David Shadburn, and Lauren Neville of AU Fossil Free, Alex Hoffman the President of AU College Democrats, alumni supporter Mary Schellentrager ‘10 with Energy Action Coalition, and Lili Molina, an environmental justice advocate who worked with Little Village Environmental Justice Organization on the 10-year campaign to successfully close the Crawford & Fisk coal plants in Chicago.

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