When instances occur in which governments fail to adequately serve their people, direct action becomes the duty of said people. It is undeniable that, in the case of promoting environmental sustainability into the future of the Earth,the world's governments have largely failed their people. The root cause of this failure is the overwhelming sway over public policy formation that is held by the exceedingly wealthy fossil fuel industry. Because divestment is aimed at (and historically proven to be effective at) diminishing the political capital of a targeted entity, it is the optimum form of direct action to be taken against the corruptively influential fossil fuel industry.
In addition to its potential for success, fossil fuel divestment is a desirable tactic because it is both a financially and an ethically sound investment policy. For more information regarding fossil fuel divestment's complex financial and ethical basis, please peruse the pieces contained in our divestment literature section.