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Divestment's Pros And Cons

Eric Gay
350 Vermont is pushing for the divestment of fossil fuel stocks from pension funds and endowments.

The theory is that if organizations like colleges, state governments and religious organizations changed the way they managed their investment portfolios, they could put pressure on companies that produce fossil fuels. Those pushing for divestment hope this will change the way we produce energy.

We hear both sides of the divestment debate from Maeve McBride, 350 Vermont coordinator, and McGill University Finance Professor Ken Lester. 350 Vermont has two upcoming events scheduled to discuss divestment.

Also on the program, David Evans, the recently installed president of Southern Vermont College in Bennington, focuses his academic work on 17th-century British literature. And he argues that Shakespeare’s work offers essential lessons about life and the human experience that everyone should learn from. We hear his thoughts on the subject.

Broadcast live on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.