(September 24, 2014) Video: $50 Billion Pledged for Fossil Fuel Divestment as Rockefeller Heirs Join Growing Movement (BMWC at min 57:24). Democracy Now! Retreived March 13, 2015 from

The heirs of Standard Oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller have announced they are joining the growing movement to divest from fossil fuels. At a news conference Monday, Stephen Heintz, president of the $860 million Rockefeller Brothers Fund, called divestment a “moral imperative,” as well as an economic opportunity.

Other speakers at the event included Agnes Abuom of the World Council of Churches, actor Mark Ruffalo, and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who delivered a video message. In total, more than 180 institutions and local governments and some 600 individuals have pledged to divest more than $50 billion from the polluting industries that are fueling climate change.

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