Online Campaign Launched to Raise Awareness of Costs and Risks of Divestment on College Campuses
More info on the Denver event here.
DENVER – Ahead of a forum today on why fossil-fuel divestment is bad for the University of Denver (DU) and other Colorado universities, Divestment Facts, a project of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), is launching a new social media campaign aimed at raising awareness of the risks and costs associated with fossil-fuel divestment on college campuses.
The campaign will launch in Denver with plans to expand to the Boston and New York City regions. The Denver launch comes as the issue is drawing increased attention in the area with a DU task force expected to announce a recommendationon whether the school should divest early next year. Along with the campaign launch, the Thursday, December 15 forum at the History Colorado Center will bring together elected officials, academics, students and Coloradans employed in the state’s energy industry to make the case against fossil-fuel divestment.
“One thing we have learned regarding the divestment campaign by anti-fossil fuel activists is that a large majority of students have very little awareness of the actual issue,” said Jeff Eshelman, Senior Vice President of Operations and Public Affairs for the IPAA. “This video explains why divestment is all cost for students and no benefit for the climate.”
“With the divestment campaign flailing, now is the right time to reach out directly to a broader student population and show them why divestment simply doesn’t work,” said Eshelman.
“The costs of divestment will ultimately be passed on to the student body in the form of increased tuition and fewer scholarship and financial aid opportunities. It is vital students know the facts so they can make informed decisions about divestment on their campus.”
Today’s divestment panel discussion will take place this at the History Colorado Center in the MDC/Richmond Terrace Room (4th floor). The event will run from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM MST and is free and open to the public. Please click here to register.