Opinion: Fighting Global Warming with Strategy of Divestment/Reinvestment

Every few decades, an issue of overwhelming moral importance emerges and compels us all to take a stand. In the 1960s it was the civil rights movement, later embracing and embraced by the anti-Vietnam War movement.

In the 1970s and ‘80s, alongside the rise of feminism, came the environmental movement as a bipartisan priority to reverse the literal tide of pollution. Remember when Republicans were as “green” as Democrats? Richard Nixon signed the National Environmental Policy Act and created the Environmental Protection Agency by executive order. Now executive orders are undoing 40 years of environmental progress.

In the 1980s and 1990s, there was the anti-apartheid movement that ushered in a powerful new strategy for combating an unforgivable moral wrong. This was the international movement to divest from companies doing business in or with South Africa until this hyper-racist apartheid regime was dismantled.

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