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Mike Pearl is a VICE contributor, podcaster, and filmmaker.

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If you’ve followed the modern David-and-Goliath battle against Big Oil, you know everyone’s talking about divestment. Online campaigns for divestment focus on members of large institutions convincing leadership to phase out holdings in petroleum companies. But when your college isn’t divesting yet, and your employer doesn’t offer fossil-free retirement plans, it can seem like all an individual can do for the whole divestment movement is sign a petition or participate in the next scheduled protest.

Fossil Free

What if you want to root out petroleum investments in your own life? Could you?

Granted, your contribution may be small (as ever), but divestment is picking up steam. It got name checked by the president during his now-legendary Sweaty Forehead Speech, and it’s getting attention from the mainstream media. Here’s The New York Times on Sept. 6:

In the 1980s, it was South Africa. In the 1990s, it was tobacco. Now fossil fuels have become the focus of those who would change the world ... Read more