Why We Fight

The divestment movement is widespread across the country, and each student fighting for divestment has their own story.  Learn why we at GU Fossil Free are fighting for divestment at Georgetown.

Current Core Members

Celia Buckman (SFS ’21)

I’m a part of GUFF because I believe in the power of students to make change in the face of the fossil fuel industry. We won’t stand for the degradation of the environment and exploitation of low-income communities, and I don’t want my university to do so either.

Ezequiel Espiricueta (COL ’21)

I fight because I don’t want my legacy to be “the person who knew but did not act”. I fight to give future generations a fighting chance. Lastly, I fight for myself; I can not think of a nobler cause than helping a crisis that affects all no matter what creed, color, or capacity one has.

Jacob Janz (COL ’22)

For years, I’ve wanted to go beyond personal actions in protecting our environment, but didn’t really know how. GUFF is a way for me to work towards substantive progress in combatting one of the most important issues of the current generation and those to come.

Charles Johnson (SFS ’19)

I fight because I want my children to see the same mountains and same oceans that I have. I fight because of the compassion I have for all living things that is my ethos.

– Leonardo DiCaprio

– Charles Johnson

Juliette Leader (SFS ’20)

I’m a member of GU Fossil Free because climate change is THE issue of our generation, and divestment sends an important signal that our university is committed to a sustainable future. GUFF is also a testament to collaboration: as a non-hierarchical group, every member has a voice from the beginning.

Yafet Negash (COL ’19)

Climate change is real. Humanity needs to do something. GUFF does its share. I like GUFF.

Samantha Panchèvre (SFS ’19)

I’ve always wanted to be an activist, and organizing with the GUFF campaign has become one of the main ways I’m working on climate change mitigation—the most pressing issue of our time. This group has become like a family to me, and everything we’ve been through has provided me with invaluable learning experiences.

Marina Pitofsky (COL ’19)

I’m so happy to be a member of GU Fossil Free because it’s one of the most inspiring clubs on campus. This is truly a dedicated group of individuals committed to a critical cause, working to make our campus, community, and planet more sustainable for all.

GUFF Alumni

Sydney Browning (SFS ’15)

I grew up in the mountains, with a deep connection to the land.  Fighting for divestment builds that part of me back up.  I don’t think that divestment will solve everything, but when we, as a world, are going to challenge the fossil fuel industry, we have to use every tactic, everything we can and divestment is one of those tactics.

Patricia Cipollitti (SFS ’15)

I fight because you can’t have justice without struggle. I do believe in pushing ourselves to that limit, though; the unexamined life may be worth living by virtue of other goods, but it’s certainly not what we should strive for. Divestment serves to challenge our existing social, economic, and political paradigms—upon examination, I fight because it’s the right thing to do.

Daniel Dylewsky (COL ’15)

I fight for divestment because it is the most effectual means I have available to me as an individual to oppose the social and political structures responsible for climate change.  The multitudes whose homes and livelihoods are at stake cannot afford to wait on a gradual, market-dictated shift away from fossil energy, and we owe it to our species and our planet not to waste any more time supporting a system that legitimizes and confers a great deal of power on the very corporations responsible for the danger we face.

Caroline James (COL ’16)

I fight because divestment is arguably the most effective statement students and a university can make to take action against climate change. I fight because I have seen too much natural beauty in this world to see it casually destroyed by a handful of companies.  I fight because it is time to shift the power to people and companies who understand the value of this small, fragile planet.

 Chloe Lazarus (COL ’16)

I fight for a fossil-free Georgetown so that we can one day have a fossil free world. I fight to make history. I fight so that history can be told. I fight for what I believe is right. I fight so that our society is not selfish enough to destroy our future. I fight because I love the mysteries of nature. I fight because of the threat we have inflicted on our world. I fight for a cleaner, safer, and sustainable future.

Mandy Lee (SFS ’16)

I am a member of GUFF because I believe Georgetown should be a leader in helping our country and our world transition away from fossil fuels. GUFF has taught me how important students are, how to build student power, and why we need to demand an ethical and democratic endowment.

Christina Libre (COL ’17)

I fight because concern for the environment and the climate is fundamentally an issue of social justice. The most marginalized among us are the first victims of environmental injustice. I hope the university recognizes the role it can play in deconstructing environmental oppression and truly espousing the Jesuit values it is founded upon.

Ryan Miller (COL ’17)

I fight for GU Fossil Free because asking the university to divest from fossil fuels is a tangible change I can affect as a Georgetown undergrad. Georgetown could signal to other universities that a greener future is possible.

Theo Montgomery (SFS ’18)

Meaningful political change requires pressure from all sides. I firmly believe Divestment is a great political statement that prioritizes environmental justice and international stability instead of legitimizing fossil fuel companies.

Nina Sherburne

One word:  Preschoolers. I’m worried that their world will soon be wrought with catastrophic weather events, food, and water shortages, rising seas, decreased plant and animal diversity, and social instability.  I refuse to stand by while our consumption of fossil fuels destroys the prospects for my little ones to live in full pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.

Aaron Silberman (SFS ’18)

I am in GUFF because I support fossil fuel divestment. Institutions such as Georgetown must form their endowments based on ethical lines, and, by divesting, Georgetown sends a powerful message about the need to transition to a more ethical, sustainable future.

Annie Wang (COL ’16)

I fight because money, influence, or power can never fill my heart with as much love as our momentous mountains or each breath of spring air. The Earth, though finite in its resources and size, has the power to leave one endlessly in wonder. I fight ultimately because I believe in the beauty of humanity to overcome previous errors by standing up and fighting to protect our Earth and in my fight I am able to find that human beauty in myself and the world.

Grady Willard (SFS ’18)

I am part of GUFF because I believe students have an important role to play in moving towards a sustainable and just future. I also believe that it is important that the university align its investments with its morals.


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