Why the New England Aquarium?

Written by Jordan Mudd

Why did we choose to focus on the New England Aquarium (NEAQ) in our #FossilFreeNEAQ campaign instead of another institution? The following are four of our reasons why:

  1. Fossil fuel divestment aligns strongly with the NEAQ’s mission and vision (public engagement, commitment to marine animal conservation, leadership in education, innovative scientific research, and effective advocacy for vital and vibrant oceans).

  2. The NEAQ has already done incredible work to advance climate change awareness and education through programs such as ClimaTeens, The Visualizing Change Project, and the National Network of Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation.

  3. The NEAQ is a globally recognized institution, and their divestment would encourage other institutions to consider socially responsible investing.

  4. The NEAQ takes pride in the services they provide for the Boston community. As a coastal city, climate change is a great threat to Boston, especially to its low-income communities and to its communities of color. Divestment is another important step that the NEAQ can take to mitigate the effects of climate change and to support the community with which it engages.

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