College Students Campaign Against Fossil Fuels
by Virginia Quach, age 12
Student activists at more than 200
colleges are looking for new ways to slow down climate change. In an
effort to do so, these students are asking their colleges to stop
investing money in fossil fuel companies.
All current science tells us that
fossil fuel pollutes and is harmful to the environment. Fossil fuels
include coal, natural gas and crude oil. These fuels release toxins
and other damaging gases into the atmosphere, which cause climate
The Fossil Free campaign argues
that if it's wrong to pollute and participate in climate change, then
it’s wrong to benefit from it. Their strategy is to encourage
colleges to stop investing money into fossil fuel companies. They
hope this will lead to less fossil fuels getting burned and an
increased investment in companies that focus on renewable energy.
Students say it’s hard for
their schools to turn down this line of reasoning. The main goal of
these colleges is to prepare young people for their future. And as
scientists continue to spread the word about the threats of climate
change for the future, these colleges must take the concerns of their
students into consideration.
This campaign has the possibility
to change fossil fuel companies and how the public reacts to them.
There is just one problem: since coal, oil and natural gas power the
economy, there is not yet a low-carbon substitute for fossil fuel.
[Source: The Wisconsin State Journal]