Benjamin Franta is a JD-PhD student at Stanford Law School and the Stanford Department of History, where he studies the history of climate science, fossil fuel companies, and climate denial. He has a PhD in applied physics from Harvard University and is a former research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
By Benjamin Franta, Sierra Club
In 2012, hardly anyone had heard of fossil fuel divestment. Today, more than a thousand institutions with more than $14 trillion between them have divested in one form or another. The impossible became conceivable, then inevitable. Change can and does happen, with sustained effort.