On Friday, a hearing between seven students from Harvard University and the nation's richest college will square up in court over Harvard Corporation's investments in fossil fuels. Divest Harvard, the student-led activism, is getting much support from more than 1,000 alumni who are backing the activists.
Harvard has continuously refused to "divest from fossil fuel companies" and most recently "increased its investment in oil and gas companies," according to Huffington Post. While this decision goes against certain Harvard alumni groups, many alumni have upped their participation and joined student activists demonstrations.
Now the lawsuit filed by students on the university in 2014 will be heard in court today in an effort to get Harvard to divest from fossil fuel companies that contribute to climate change. The lawsuit "claims the Ivy League school's governing body, the Harvard Corporation, is violating its duties as a nonprofit public charity by investing in gas, coal and oil companies," according to Huffington Post.
"Regardless of the final decision in our case, presenting our claims in a legal arena forces the Harvard Corporation to defend its actions in furtherance of climate change," Ted Hamilton, a Harvard Law School student, said.
While student and climate change activists at Harvard have even more demonstrations planned in the coming months, the increase in alumni participation has many feeling really optimistic going into today's hearing.
Will the court dismiss the suit?