“Harvard University has a moral imperative to stop financing the destruction of human civilization’s future. Young voices are calling for change, and Harvard should listen. Please join me in voting for all of the Harvard Forward Five."
SENATOR TIM WIRTH
Former U.S. Senator, CO
President Emeritus, The United Nations Foundation
College '61, HGSE '65
“I hope that you join me in voting for these five candidates for the Board of Overseers.”
Executive Director, New York Civil Liberties Union
(Institutional affiliation for identification only)
"I wholeheartedly support the Harvard Forward Five. Given the existential threat of climate change, Harvard's fossil-fuel investments need to find their way quickly to sustainable alternatives. I believe universities that know how to listen to younger alumni tend to make better decisions."
Lecturer, Harvard Law School
Former White House Ebola Czar
“An impressive group of young leaders trying to bring change to Harvard.”
Climate Scientist, NASA
College '96, GSAS '97
"It will be a relief to me when my alma mater finally gets on the right side of history, as it surely will sooner or later. It has been painful and disheartening to see Harvard fighting so hard for the deadly fossil fuel status quo, instead of for the future of humanity and of all life on this planet."
Professor of Journalism and Sociology, Columbia University
"The Harvard Forward Five stand for Veritas. How fine it is to have a grand slate to vote for in the Overseer election."
Former UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Negotiator
Councillor, Brazilian Presidential Climate Change Forum
"Let's put Harvard on the right side of history: please join me in voting for the Harvard Forward five candidates to the Board of Overseers."
Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University
GSAS '90, '94
"Harvard taught me to be a scientific leader on environmental issues, so it has been disheartening to see them abdicate leadership in the climate debate. That's why I am so happy to support Harvard Forward and help put Harvard on the right side of history."
Former President, New College of California
Editor-at-Large, Tikkun Magazine
College '68, HLS '72
"Let us seize upon the sense of our commonality and our connection to Nature created by the coronavirus to do all that we can to address the danger of Climate Change and support Harvard's divestment from fossil fuels."
P. GEOFFREY FEISS
Provost Emeritus, College of William and Mary
"There is no more urgent issue than decreasing fossil fuel consumption. As the world looks to Harvard for leadership, divestment becomes a significant moral statement."
Director of Facilitator Professional Learning and Outreach, NGSX
"Harvard has a responsibility to be a leader in divesting from fossil fuels. Harvard Forward is doing great, efficient work to make this happen. We absolutely can't wait."
ANNE CARMAN MAY
Delaware Township Board of Education (New Jersey)
"Divestment is key to lowering the share prices of fossil fuel companies. Please join me in voting for Harvard Forward candidates."
DR. AVIK CHATTERJEE
Physician, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
College '02, HSPH '15
"Harvard can no longer shy away its responsibility to use its resources and persuasive power to confront the crisis of this generation: climate change."
REV. FRED SMALL
Minister for Climate Justice
Arlington Street Church, Boston
"At the rate things are going, Harvard will probably appoint a committee to study divestment once Harvard Yard is underwater on a sunny day. Let's accelerate that timetable."
PETER de MENOCAL
Director, Center for Climate and Life
Thomas Alva Edison/ConEd Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University
Columbia Ph.D. '92
“The scientific, ethical, and fiscal imperatives for fossil-fuel divestment have never been clearer. Harvard Forward will get the job done and lead the way for other institutional endowments.”
Chairman, Professional Assist Corporation
College '64, HBS '66
"Institutions that become ingrown, particularly those whose governing processes are insular and essentially self-perpetuating, strongly benefit from fresh perspectives."
Essayist and Critic
"Why do great institutions, like great democracies, so rarely get the leaders they deserve? Here at last is our chance to put wisdom, imagination, and daring at the helm of our beloved university."
Poet, Essayist, Critic
"I support the Harvard Forward Five with all my heart. Harvard should lead the way on fighting climate change. What is knowledge for if not to avert the oncoming disaster?"
MIKE M. McMAHON
Sr. Communications Manager, Institute for Sustainability & Energy at Northwestern University
"Harvard taught me that bold leadership is required to solve the most pressing challenges. I can think of no challenge that is more pressing."
NADINE B. HACK
CEO, beCause Global Consulting
Senior Advisor, Global Citizens Circle
MC-MPA HKS '87
“I support Harvard Forward that promotes climate-focused initiatives and encourages voting progressive alumni onto Overseers to advance a more just, equitable and sustainable world."
Senior Nutrition Advisor, Helen Keller Intl
"I work with many in low income countries who will pay the highest price yet have contributed the least to this calamity. We must demand moral action."
Director of Business & Marketing for Historic Building Architects
"Harvard is a leader in preparing students for the future, and Harvard Forward wants that future to be worth living in."
EDUARDO A. GONZALEZ
Legal Analyst, Prospective Law Student
"It's time for Harvard's money to match Harvard's morals. We must divest—now."
Novelist and Travel Writer
"We depend on the natural world and each other. Harvard has an opportunity to defend our future and a responsibility to take it."
"Each day Harvard fails to act, the consequences of climate change grow and the pathways to solutions narrow. Harvard must divest now and call on other universities to follow suit."
Managing Consultant at Energy + Environmental Economics
"We've already got more than enough fossil fuels to blow the global carbon budget. I support Harvard Forward so Harvard will divest from fossil fuel extraction."
HKS-Stanford Graduate School of Business student
"Harvard's greatest resource - its clout - should be used with wisdom and for effect. By divesting, Harvard's own impact is catalyzed by the many others that will follow. That is leadership."
County Building Official, Colorado
"Harvard’s excuses for not divesting from fossil fuel corporations are the same dodges they used during the struggle to end apartheid when I was an undergraduate. Electing the Harvard Forward Five will help Harvard become the leader it professes to be."
DR. AYANA ELIZABETH JOHNSON
Founder & CEO, Ocean Collectiv
Founder, Urban Ocean Lab
"The science could not be more clear – we need to transition off fossil fuels immediately, and institutions like Harvard have absolutely no excuse not to divest."
President, Sierra Club
“In these trying times, we need fossil fuel divestment and climate justice more than ever! Please join me in supporting the Harvard Forward candidates for the Board of Overseers. They will get the job done.”
Maine State Rep, HD-88
Divest Harvard Co-Founder
"It's time to hold Harvard accountable to climate justice with the voices, stories, and insight of youth. Harvard Forward will bring young alums' voices into the halls of power."
Founder & Director, Center for Earth Ethics, Union Theological Seminary
“Harvard must demonstrate ethical leadership and defend truth – Veritas – by divesting from fossil fuels. Vote the Harvard Forward candidate slate when you get your ballot this April!”
Former President, Sierra Club
HBS '88, HKS '08
"Thank you, Harvard Forward, for carrying the baton! Together, we will get divestment to the finish line."
SRUTHI PALANIAPPAN & JULIA HUESA
2019 UC President & VP
"When the people in power don’t listen, put people who listen in power. Harvard students, faculty, and staff have been calling for climate justice for far too long and we could not be more excited to see Harvard Forward pushing the University to be a global leader on this issue.”
DR. LISHAN AKLOG
Chairman and CEO, PAVmed Inc
Board of Directors, Human Rights Watch
College ’85, HMS ‘89
"These are moral imperatives. It is time for Harvard to lead."
TINA KATOPODES CHOW
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley
“To save the planet, we all need to change our habits now - Harvard included!"
Professor of Sociology, Brandeis University
GSAS '62, '64
"I suspect the Board fears applying a moral test to one investment could lead to questioning others (e.g. arms, tobacco, big pharma). Why not?"
"Harvard taught me to always strive for the best, for myself, for my work, for society. The Board needs to act accordingly, no excuses. Sustainable investing means economic growth. It must act NOW."
Neurosurgeon and Healthcare Executive
"Fresh thinking and new perspectives are vital as Harvard responds to the most important challenges we face today. Support Harvard Forward. "
RICHARD L. ABEL
Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, UCLA
"Just as my generation confronted nuclear holocaust, so today’s generation confronts the threat of climate catastrophe. I applaud the efforts of Harvard Forward."
MARY TAYLOR SIMETI
Author and Organic Farmer
Radcliffe College ’62
"Harvard has a moral responsibility to invest in safeguarding our natural world rather than in exploiting it through deforestation and the extraction of fossil fuels. I am eager to vote for the Harvard Forward candidates."
DR. ADAM M. FINKEL
Clinical Professor, Univ. of Michigan School of Public Health
Formerly chief scientist, US Occupational Safety and Health Administration
College '79, HKS '84, HSPH '87
"Harvard claims more salutary influence on fossil fuel companies working from ‘inside the tent’: with little evidence that is helping, it’s time to try joining the legions who seek a succession plan for this industry."
Instructor, Harvard Extension School
Regenerative Buildings Facilitator
"Divestment means enabling new opportunities for the endowment to pursue ethically and financially sound investments: both prudent and responsible!"
TEOMAN KENN KÜÇÜK
Ph.D. Student at University of Naples Federico II
"When Harvard can find money for fossil fuels and private prisons but not for its workers during a pandemic, we have a problem."
"Investment in climate solutions is critical to a socially just and sustainable future. Without divestment, Harvard ignores the plight of low income communities and the health of our planet."
ANNE BUXTON SOBOL
Community Organizer, Caregiver
Radcliffe College '66
"I think we should empower young people to do what they see as necessary to protect their future on this planet."
Founder / Principal Mark Careaga Architect LLC
"While Harvard prides itself on cultivating leadership, no institution is immune from the need for a grassroots effort to move it where it needs to go. Harvard Forward is providing exactly that."
Urban Policy Consultant
"Harvard should set the example for other universities and institutional investors about what it means to put everyone's long-term interests ahead of short-term economic considerations."
"Please vote for the Harvard Forward Five. The only principle the Harvard Corporation is defending when it refuses to divest is "Nobody tells us what to do."
"The climate crisis is the overarching moral and political issue of our time. I firmly support Harvard Forward’s position on that question—and on the other long-overdue steps this campaign calls for."
LAUREN GODLES MILGROOM
Associate at Block & Leviton
"I am proud to support these young alumni in pushing Harvard to set an example for fighting climate change around the world."
Novelist and Technical Writer
"In an emergency, leadership makes all the difference. Harvard's leadership in fighting the climate emergency will influence other institutions and the entire world."
Co-Founder & CEO of Carbon Lighthouse
"Harvard must divest because: 1) we should not destroy the planet, and 2) fossil fuels are a financial time bomb. We should not be holding the purse strings while the world moves forward."
Retired Manager, Quality Engineering
"I was drawn to Harvard Forward because of its focus on pushing the University to become a leader on the Climate Crisis. Harvard, with the largest academic endowment in the world, is in a unique position to influence other institutions."
Technical Program Manager at Waymo
"I want Harvard to start stepping up to the plate on climate leadership. Harvard has huge leverage and the current board is squandering it on what is still the most pressing issue of our lifetimes. "
Co-founder and co-author of “Our Bodies Ourselves”
Radcliffe College '70
"The Harvard Forward candidates – all committed to an accountable and sustainable future for Harvard – are stellar examples the young leadership Harvard needs at this critical time."
Schumann Distinguished Scholar, Middlebury College
“If Harvard Forward is able to carry the day, they’ll do Harvard a great favor.”
Filmmaker, Protozoa Pictures
Sierra Club Foundation, School for Field Studies, Board Member
"There’s no more time to defy the science. Harvard should be leaning into the global climate crisis, using all its resources to help solve this problem. Please vote for the Harvard Forward Five and together we can help re-direct the ship."
"Divestment sends a clear message: the world needs to move away from fossil fuels now, not in some distant future. As a global institution, Harvard can be a model for that future. Please vote for the Harvard Forward Five."
Founder, Hikma Health
2011 UC President
College '12, GSAS '19, HMS '20
"I'm proud to support the Harvard Forward campaign in leading our community to a more just, equitable, and sustainable future."
Senior Fellow, The Ocean Foundation
Former President, Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
College '68, HLS '73
"Harvard's aim to be the world's pre-eminent university on climate science and policy absent the ethical dimension of fossil-fuel divestment is both a moral lapse and a practical impediment to success."
Lecturer, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Harvard Environmental Law Review Co-Founder
"As a co-founder of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, I believe Harvard University must act as an exceptional climate steward for its students and the world."
STEPHEN A. MARGLIN
Walter S. Barker Professor of Economics, Harvard University
"Sooner or later Harvard will divest. The question is whether we divest and decarbonize now, when we can possibly move the needle on climate change. Or we wait until nobody cares what we do."
Contributor, Telemundo, MSNBC
Host, Vice News
"If Harvard wants to continue being a global leader, then they must follow the lead of Harvard Forward. There's only one answer here: Climate change is real and we must act now. Let's enable these young leaders to get us there."
DR. STEPHEN Q. SHAFER
Clinical Professor Emeritus of Neurology, Columbia University
"I support Harvard Forward because its candidates for Overseer will move bravely and wisely for climate justice in all the University's operations."
JACQUELINE M. KLOPP
Research Scholar and Co-Director, Center for Sustainable Urban Development Earth Institute, Columbia University
"Harvard, as a highly respected academic institution with a global reputation, alumni network and impact, has a moral responsibility to help show the way out of climate crisis and towards planetary health. I am proud to support the amazing network of alumni leading Harvard Forward."
DR. CLAIRE BROOME
Assistant Surgeon General US Public Health Service (retired)
Member, National Academy of Medicine
Radcliffe College '70, HMS '75
"Please vote for the Harvard Forward 5. The climate crisis demands action--divestment by Harvard is a powerful messaging tool, and input to leadership by younger perspectives is key. Business as usual is no longer an option."
Vice Chair of the Board, Vaclav Havel Library Foundation
"Everything I learned at the Harvard Kennedy School, from ethics to leadership to economics, suggests that the university needs to get on the right side of history by divesting from fossil fuels. Let's look forward, not backward."
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Cal State Hayward, California
"Harvard is long on brains and money; short on public policy and commitment a long term economy for value beyond just cash and politeness."
Communications strategist to politicians, universities, foundations, museums and nonprofits
Advisor to Harvard Forward
“Harvard likes to think it never divests for political reasons; but it divested from companies supporting apartheid in the '80s, and from tobacco companies in the '90s, and Harvard will also divest from fossil fuels. Voting for the Harvard Forward Five sends a clear message of alumni support."
JANE ROLAND MARTIN
Professor of Philosophy Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Radcliffe College '51, HGSE '56, GSAS '61
"From the Age that is past I say, Fair Harvard: divest now so that you will be an inspiration to the Age that is waiting before."
Organizer, Activist, Writer
"Harvard needs to respond to the imperatives of climate change and listen to so many young people fighting for their future, for the planet’s future. Electing these five will be a start."
Environmental Activist, Prospective Law Student
“Please join me in supporting the Harvard Forward Five. Championing fossil fuels is the opposite of the circular economy we desperately need to embody.”
Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research
"The Harvard community’s greatest impact will not be from continuing to “engage with the fossil fuel industry” but rather by boldly leading in the necessary societal change."
Vice President at VitalSource
2007 UC President
"The Harvard Forward candidates will make a better Harvard and a better world."
Retired Academic Librarian
Radcliffe College '63
"I’m working with campaigns run by Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Ready for 100, and the Peterborough Energy Committee. Supporting Harvard Forward candidates is another important step toward securing a livable planet for my grandchildren."
JUAN MANUEL CONTRERAS
Data Science Manager, Uber
"Tackling climate change is the single most important issue we can tackle for the safety and prosperity of our species."
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Columbia University
"Climate change is on course to change life as we know it, and poor and vulnerable communities will suffer most. Harvard has the power and moral obligation to help lead the move away from reliance on fossil fuels."
Digital Producer, Minnesota Public Radio
HGSE '98, GSAS '07
"I believe Harvard needs to act decisively to address the ongoing climate crisis, and as a GSAS alumnus I support the right of graduate students to organize and advocate for themselves."
Singer, Guest Conductor
"Everybody vote! Vote to support divestment and ecologically conscious business arrangements."
Retired Biochemist/Molecular Biologist
"Will Harvard help to save the planet, or will it stand in the way? Vote Harvard Forward!"
Holistic Life Coach and Enneagram Teacher, Courtney Pinkerton Coaching
HDS, HKS '08
"Harvard Forward is making me feel proud of my alma mater. Harvard has such a big voice and endowment and it is clearly time for divestment from fossil fuels and conscious leadership toward a relationship with the earth that is sustainable."
Retired Carpenter, Glass Sculptor, Musician
"The future of the planet is even more important than Harvard."