Originally posted on Divest Harvard:

Tonight, Al Gore spoke at Harvard and endorsed the fossil fuel divestment movement. Read what he said below. This is an exciting moment for the movement and Divest Harvard!

“Students here at Harvard have raised the question of divestment.  I cannot fail to address the issue, even at the risk of sounding impolite and undiplomatic.  I served on the Harvard Board of Overseers.  [Harvard students] recruited me to be a part of their slate.  I said who else have you got?  They said, Desmond Tutu. I said, I’m in.  And, it was a really interesting experience.

And as others had had in an earlier era, the experience that we had ultimately resulted in change.  An earlier group had taken on the tobacco issue, and…President Bok’s wife was the one who said: “you’ve got to get rid of that.” And Harvard did.  And on apartheid, Harvard did.  Having served on the…

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