“DIVEST!:The Climate Movement on Tour”
As the countries of the world work on meeting the aspirational limit of 1.5°C of global warming agreed to at COP21 in Paris, a new campaign that targets the fossil fuel industry by trying to withdraw its social license to operate is working hard. “DIVEST!” follows 350.org’s ‘Do the Math’ bus tour across the United States in 2012 as it launched the fossil fuel divestment campaign onto the national and international stages.
Each night of the tour, Bill McKibben and special guests laid out the findings in his “Rolling Stone” article ‘Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math’ and gave the moral and historical case for divestment. Just three years later over 500 institutions who represent over 3 trillion dollars in assets had committed to divest. The campaign is winning but as we all know, time flies and we do not know if the victories add up enough to matter?
The film features Naomi Klein, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Josh Fox, Terry Tempest Williams, Winona LaDuke, Desmond Tutu and Ira Glass.
The film reminds us to be actively involved in the social issues for which we do research. It is not enough to just analyze social movements and criticize capitalist modes of production that cause environmental destruction because of the social devastation of those who are already marginalized and climate change. We need to make sure that our institutions move toward a world that is against injustices.
The road trip with McKibben, Klein and others goes all over America for the purpose of galvanizing people to control the fossil fuel industry so what we have here is not just a documentary but also a call to action.
The film is a powerful look at and testament to the “importance of withdrawing support from the fossil fuel industry” and an important and necessary step after the accord signed in Paris. We clearly see the need for action and the need to teach about the severity of the climate crisis. What this film really does is inspire courage and call for meaningful action. We see the juxtaposition of facts with energy as we get a look at how the movement in 2012 tried to mobilize America through music, science and speeches.