Fossil Fuel Divestment: The Power of Positively Deviant Leadership for Catalyzing Climate Action and Financing Clean Energy
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Evolving Leadership for Collective Wellbeing : Lessons for Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Steffen, Seana Lowe
This chapter highlights the actions of leaders pursuing fossil fuel divestment: selling financial investments in the world’s largest fossil fuel extraction companies, and reinvesting those resources in clean energy. The chapter presents two new conceptual models: mission-aligned investing, at the organizational level, and mission-aligned leadership, at the individual level. These models exemplify and provide concrete structure for organizational leaders and others who seek to improve institutional capacity to address climate change (SDG target 13.3). How do our financial resources perpetuate fossil fuel combustion? How are we promoting clean, renewable, socially just energy sources? Learning from the experience of the change leaders studied here can deepen understanding of how organizational stewards can proactively, successfully, and effectively advance climate action and clean energy innovation by leveraging organizational assets.
Environmental Studies & Sustainability
Abrash Walton, A. (2019). Fossil Fuel Divestment: The Power of Positively Deviant Leadership for Catalyzing Climate Action and Financing Clean Energy. Evolving Leadership for Collective Wellbeing : Lessons for Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. https://aura.antioch.edu/facchapters/24