if even a third of existing carbon reserves are burned prior to 2050, it will be impossible to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees C.
Vanderbilt has a duty to divest the endowment from unethical enterprises that mislead the public, as it did in 2013 with Emvest.
All top 20 universities that started divesting fossil fuels outperformed Vanderbilt’s endowment return in FY20 (-0.1%).
Our Mission: The mission of Dores Divest is to get Vanderbilt University to divest from fossil fuels, through both disruptive and non-disruptive means, as a step towards climate justice.
Climate change is an existential threat to society and demands immediate and transformative actions by individuals, governments, and institutions such as Vanderbilt University. We propose that Vanderbilt:
1. Immediately freeze any new investment in fossil fuel companies, and
2. Divest from current holdings in these companies within 3 years, and
3. Reinvest these holdings into carbon-free energy investments.
We hope you will join us in accelerating Vanderbilt’s effort to stand on the right side of this historic environmental, socioeconomic, and racial justice. The time to divest is now!
"Any organisation committed to operating responsibly in this new decade has a moral imperative to stop participating in financing the destruction of human civilization’s future"
Al Gore U.S. Vice President, Vanderbilt Divinity School
"As a former Vandy professor, I’m so, so happy to see the students there fighting the good fight against fossil fuels"
Joyce Chaplin Harvard University
"The climate crisis is very much here and divestment is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed now."
Hannah Bruns Vanderbilt Student Body President
"The Rockefeller’s Brothers Fund, who built their fortune on whale oil and then fossil fuels, announced that its $860 million philanthropic organization was joining the divestment movement. Vanderbilt should follow suit."
Ita Hardesty-Mason Local Environmental Activist, Climate Nashville