Despite the downpour, thirty Harvard students marched to President Faust’s office on Thursday, May 9 demanding answers. Agricola Brinzal, a Harvard-owned forestry company operating in Chile, has been accused of systematically violating that country’s environmental laws, and the Harvard community deserves a full explanation.
Francisco Meneses, a Chilean student at the Kennedy School, spoke forcefully about the need for the University to respect the environment and human rights wherever it invests, and led a delegation of undergraduate and graduate students into Massachusetts Hall, where President Faust’s office is located. The group hand-delivered a letter urging the University to disclose its rationale for its Agricola Brinzal investment and adopt clear environmental, social, and governance protections.
Though President Faust was unavailable to speak to students, that didn’t stop those gathered from raising their voices as a reminder of Harvard’s shared values and our collective responsibility to the world beyond Cambridge.