Referendum At Yale Against Investment In Fossil Fuels

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Hannah Nesser and Elias Estabrook are sophomores at Yale University. They hope to lead their Ivy-League institution in a green revolution.

“Yale University has significant influence and and we need to use that influence for positive change in the world,” Nesser said.

The ‘Y’ badge they wear proudly represents their hope that Yale will take a stand against fossil fuels for the environment.

Fossil fuels include coal, oil, and natural gas. They keep our cars and homes running. But some wonder at what price?

“Fossil fuels are contributing to perpetuating climate change and actually making global temperatures go up,” Estabrook said.

Their student group recently completed a proposal for responsible energy investment in the hopes Yale will not invest part of its multi-billion dollar endowment with companies in the fossil fuel business. To convince university officials, they hope to get their classmates involved in a campus wide referendum.

2,700 students have to vote. That’s 50 percent of the student body.

They hope if they can get fellow Bulldogs on board, the university will take action.

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