Wen Stephenson, an independent journalist and activist, is a frequent contributor to The Nation and the author of What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Climate Justice (Beacon Press, 2015). A former editor at The Atlantic and The Boston Globe, he has written about politics and culture for many publications, including Slate, The New York Times, Grist, The Boston Phoenix, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.
For protesting Harvard’s refusal to divest from fossil fuels, campus police have told me I will be arrested if I return to the university—which is exactly what I plan to do on Sunday.
In a remarkable turn of events, a Massachusetts DA drops charges against climate activists—and then defends them.
A large group of Harvard faculty release an open letter to President Drew Gilpin Faust calling forcefully for fossil-fuel divestment.
Student climate activists in Massachusetts win a meeting with Governor Deval Patrick about banning new fossil-fuel infrastructure. But they need more than a meeting.
The student-led protest was a dramatic demonstration of the youth climate movement’s growing resolve—and its sense of solidarity.