According to the Fossil Free Stanford campaign website, students, alumni, faculty, and staff have joined hands to support divestment, expressing concern that "within the lifetimes of current Stanford students, the warming the planet experiences will produce mass migration, civil war, famines across the developing world, and severe economic strain worldwide." They believe that Stanford University, as a leading institution of higher education, should conduct investments from its $22 billion endowment, in an ethical and socially responsible manner.
The protest has been timed in advance of the Paris COP21 talks, so that Stanford's Board of Trustees "understand how important it is to act now" and the signal sent by Stanford's divestment from fossil fuels "could have the maximal impact." Last year, over 75% of Stanford students voted in favor of divestment, and at present, 379 faculty have signed a letter in support of the campaign demanding action now. According to one of the protest organizers, Josh Lappen, a number of teach-ins led by Stanford faculty will take place in coming days, alongside the protestors camping out.
Fossil Free Stanford, the group spearheading the campaign, plans to post photos, press releases and daily blog updates as the protests unfold at fossilfreestanford.org. Track the protests with #DivestStanford and #SitWithUs