Sustainability Is Fun

Divestment for a Sustainable Future

During her first year at UCLA, Alyssa Lee became obsessed with the problem of plastic pollution. “What really got me on the case was a speech by Van Jones called “Plastic Pollution is a Social Justice Issue.” That was the first time I ever heard the term environmental justice. And it was the first time I heard environmental issues related to issues of class and race.” The more she came to understand the destructive actions of powerful institutions, the bigger the issues she began to focus on. “And what bigger issue does the environmental community face than fossil fuels?” So she started the Fossil Free UCLA divestment campaign. Alyssa’s divestment movement targeted universities, aiming to prompt them to remove their investments from fossil fuel companies. She went on to her work supporting youth activists with the Better Future Project, Divest Ed, and the Future Coalition.