Today We #ResistRejectDenial, Tomorrow We Continue the Fight for Climate Justice

Today we did something huge. Over a thousand students from 25 campuses walked out in the largest student action of the Trump era. From middle schools to colleges and universities, young people across the country rose up to demand that our institutions choose the future of our generation over the fossil fuel industry and Trump’s climate denial.

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Calling All UC Regents - Resist & Reject Denial

On an unusually hot day in November 2015 I stopped by my local coffee shop in Parktown, a suburb of South Africa’s thriving Johannesburg. I ordered my chai and went to take a seat, and I couldn’t help but notice a paper sitting there on the counter with a title that read “5 dead after extreme heat wave rolls through Mpumalanga.”

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We need student organizing now more than ever

On Wednesday morning after Donald Trump won the presidency, the staff and long term strategy team of the Divestment Student Network came together to meet. As person after person cried and spoke about their heartbreak and fear, what rose to the top was how grateful we all are to have this community. We didn’t see this moment coming, but as campaign coach and racial justice coordinator Jong Chin said, we have been preparing for this. Our four years of training, organizing and relationship building have allowed the divestment movement to win incredible victories, and they have made us ready for this moment. The networks of young people that exist across this country are powerful, and we are ready to support each other to grieve and to rise.

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An Update On Our Work

My name is Greta Neubauer and I am the new director at the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network. I’ve been organizing with the DSN since our first meeting, at the 2013 Power Up! Convergence at Swarthmore College. I am deeply humbled to be in this position, and grateful to have the opportunity to continue being part of and building this incredible movement.

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As a Group We Are Strong

New Orleans ranges for 20 feet above sea level to 6.5 feet below sea level.  To the north of the city sits a massive body of water called Lake Pontchatrain.  Coiling around the city enveloping New Orleans like a snake is the powerful Mississippi river.  New Orleans is surrounded by water, all roads lead to it—water is inescapable in this city.  Indeed in this week of heavy rains, it seemed like the sea was coming for us, inundating our sidewalks and drenching all those brave enough to leave the comforts of inside.  Sitting inside Gibson Hall watching people enter soaked, yet excited to join the sit-in at Tulane University, I couldn't help but note that we were being treated to a preview of the inundated future facing New Orleans.  

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Why the divestment movement needs to get serious about money

Fun fact: during my two senior years of college (yes, five years total), I volunteered over 1,000 hours to the Divestment Student Network. Sound wild to you? Yeah, I thought so too. But I loved it. I had a good job working in the office of my department at school and got grants from the government to pay for my tuition. So, as I was approaching graduation, my mentor asked me what my plan was. I told him I was applying to work for other organizations. He asked me why and I told him I wanted to work for the DSN but I needed to make a living and the DSN didn’t have any money. Then he asked me a question that made me pause… He asked me if I believed my work was worth funding.

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DSN Statement on the Charleston Massacre and Racial Injustice

On Wednesday, June 17th, nine Black people were killed by a white gunman in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Fossil Fuel Divestment is Exposing Confusion on Climate (and That's a Good Thing)

Nature recently ran an editorial on fossil fuel divestment.  It’s an interesting piece for two reasons.  First, it presents the beliefs of an elite and highly educated group of people.  Second, it is very confused.

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Only 1/1000th

It was 6:30 am when my alarm rang for the third time. I finally remembered why I needed to get up. It was Saturday morning and we were letting our board of trustees know that there was only one (one!) company in our directly invested in the Top 200 Fossil Fuel Companies.

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The Message Universities Are Sending When They Refuse to Divest

I came to Northwestern University excited to become that cliché "global citizen"; to learn about the world, to meet people from places I had never been to, and to find new passions. Like many students, I wanted to get something out of my college experience besides just a degree. My time at Northwestern has really broadened my mind, exposing me to problems of race, mental health, socioeconomic status and other critical issues that I hadn't previously encountered. I've found my biggest passion in environmental and climate justice work, particularly in the coal divestment campaign on campus, Fossil Free NU. Students in this movement are incredibly committed to improving the world, and they never cease to inspire me. I'm equally amazed by the determination of our university leaders: their determination to remain stagnant, to lag behind the times and to uphold the status quo. They leave me unimpressed.

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