‘This Is History’: Big Ten University Students Unanimously Pass Resolution Calling On Schools to Divest From Fossil Fuels

Published on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by

The Association of Big Ten Students, which passed the resolution, represents more than 500,000 students and 5.7 million living alumni.

Climate Action Movement Photo Earlier this month, Climate Action Movement UM held a demonstration to demand the school divest from fossil fuels. Over the weekend the student body presidents at all the Big Ten universities called on their institutions to divest. (Photo: @ClimateActionUM/Twitter)

Student body presidents of the Big Ten universities are calling on their schools to divest from the fossil fuel industry after a resolution was passed unanimously at the Association of Big Ten Students winter meeting.

The student governments of University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Northwestern University, and 11 other schools in the Big Ten collegiate conference voted on Sunday to call on their schools to freeze all future planned investments in fossil fuels and develop a timeline for divestment from the industry as quickly as possible, beginning this year.

“This is history,” wrote Amytess Girgis on Twitter in a post containing the association’s statement. Girgis is a student at the University of Michigan, whose student government sponsored the resolution.

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