On Tuesday, September 17th, President Michael Roth ’78 sent out a campus-wide email announcing Friday’s Climate Strike. He also announced Wesleyan’s new (?) investment policy. (Read it after the break.)
Written by Ben Silverstone ‘22 and Ernest Braun ‘22 on behalf of WesDivest, Climate Action Group, WesDems, Sunrise, and a coalition of other sustainability groups, this guest post addresses climate injustice and what Wesleyan must do now to ensure our planet’s future:
“12 years from now, in 2031, Wesleyan will celebrate its bicentennial anniversary. In 2030, the UN’s IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) warns that we will reach environmental tipping points that will speed up the pace of the climate crisis. The catastrophic warming resulting from the extraction and burning of fossil fuels which has already begun to ravage our planet will be irreversible for millennia. As the students, faculty, and administration reflect upon Wesleyan’s accomplishments over the past 200 years, perhaps they will wonder what Wesleyan may look like in another 200 years, or even in 50. Unless we take drastic actions to reduce our emissions now, we already know the answer to that question.
We are WesDivest. We formed to urge the administration to divest our endowment from the fossil fuel industry, to commit to renewable energy and reduced consumption, and to lead by example in the fight for the futures of our generation. We formed because all of human civilization is implicated in the same challenge for the next decade: to stop greenhouse gas emissions before we make the planet uninhabitable. With this challenge in mind, any institution that ignores the reality of climate change is contributing to its own demise and doing a moral disservice to humanity. Therefore, all people who are invested in Wesleyan’s enduring success – and that of its students – should seriously consider divestment from fossil fuels and begin building a more sustainable future.
Read the rest of this guest post after the jump:
On Friday afternoon, a cohort of Wesleyan activists drove down to New Haven’s financial district to protest three major banks’ investments in the Dakota Access Pipeline. Students from Wesleyan Democratic Socialists and Fossil Fuel Divest joined other protestors on the march, which began at Wells Fargo, moved to Bank of America and the Federal Courthouse, and ended at TD Bank. At each stop, organizers and indigenous activists made speeches and led chants demanding a halt to pipeline construction and that the banks divest from the project. Read past the jump for more information about the march and specific calls to action from the protest’s organizers.
Student activism has led Stanford‘s Board of Trustees to vote to stop investing in coal-mining companies. This action is a significant step in the ever-growing fossil fuel divesment movement on campuses across the country.
In the growingly visible national conversation on sexual assault on college campuses, including a recently launched campaign by the White House to confront the issue, many local movements have been getting increasing attention.
Abby Cunniff ’17 is at it again.
****HEY PREFROSH!****(this is for you)
Are you concerned about the climate crisis? About communities affected
by the climate crisis or fossil fuel extraction? About the ecological
impacts of the climate crisis?
Come talk to the crazy passionate folk of Wes, Divest! in the Westco
courtyard on thursday at 3:30pm!
When: Thursday, April 17th. 3:30-5
Where: West College Courtyard
Hannah Adams ’13 and Ally Ruchman ’16 wants your activism to be more effective:
Like social change? Like winning? Great, see you Thursday night! Come learn and discuss how to run (and win!) strategic campaigns on campus and off. This workshop will focus on the grassroots campaign skills of recruitment, campaign planning, and leadership development. This event is open to individuals and groups.
Save yourself/your group a spot here. More info after jump.
Come celebrate all things divestment in the Buho backyard. There will be orange foods (carrot cake, pumpkin pie, sweet potato fries, you name it), divestment-related crafts, fun backyard activities and music jammage.
Date: Friday, May 3
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: BuHo Backyard (356 Washington St)