Divesting From Fossil Fuels: A Conversation with Bill McKibben and NYC Students

Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 7 - 9pm

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A Conversation with Bill McKibben and NYC Students

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 5 2013 | 7:00PM | THE GREAT HALL | 7 East 7th Street 

"Climate change is the great moral issue since apartheid, and we need the same kind of tools to bring it to people’s attention." - Desmond Tutu

America’s colleges and universities prepare the nation’s young people for their future. Yet those same institutions invest in the fossil fuel companies that are profiting enormously from the carbon that’s going to wreck the climate. Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, hopes that together we can break the stranglehold the fossil fuel industry has over our democracy and our economy. Thousands of students are building a national movement demanding that university endowments divest from the fossil fuel industry.

The event will feature a talk about divestment by climate change author and activist Bill McKibben followed by an open conversation with a panel of NYC student leaders. Join us in a unique opportunity to further explore why and how we should move our institutions forward to divest from fossil fuels. Musical guest Kevin Fitzgerald Burke will perform his inspired piece “Wandrin’ the Gasland”.

By coming together within the NYC community, we can move forward towards powerful collective action. It’s time to write a new chapter in the fight against climate change.

This event is free and open to the public

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Presented by NYU Divest

Sponsored by: The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, NYU Divest, 350NYC, Barnard Columbia Divest, NYC Divest Coalition, YesDivest, Occupy Sandy, Seismologik Intelligence, The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship, Earth Matters at NYU, Sustainable Cities at The New School, and ACIR at the New School

For further inquiries, contact nyudivest@gmail.com

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.