At Harvard, The Divinity Tree Stands Between Eco-Driven Arguments
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Posted by: Dana Walker
Andover Hall is the heart — and soul — of Harvard Divinity School.
Built in 1911, the Gothic stone building needs some upgrades: modern classrooms, better accessibility and a new meeting space. Divinity school officials also say they have a "moral imperative" to reduce the building's greenhouse gas emissions.
But officials say they need to cut down a tree to make way for the new meeting space. And not just any tree — a towering red oak about 75 feet tall and about 150 years old. Students and community members call it The Divinity Tree, and some are protesting the expansion plans.