For college students, divestment is the best angle. For a generation that feels increasingly disenfranchised and disillusioned with politicians' lagging reactions to climate problems, the national divestment movement provides a source of youth empowerment.
It was a fine way to mark an anniversary of sorts. This time last year, the Regents of the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) had adopted a sustainability policy. This week they discussed the wisdom of divesting from fossil fuels.
Before last November, Obama may have been concerned about the impact a rejection would have on moderate Democrats. Now, he has nothing to lose. The fight is a long way from over, but there are good reasons to feel confident.
This comes seven weeks after by far the largest global climate demonstrations in history, and amidst ongoing unrest in China about the filthy air in its cities. It isn't, in other words, a reason to slack off a bit in the ongoing fight for a livable climate, a fight our civilizations are in great danger of losing. If we want this to be a start, and not a finish, we've got to build even bigger and more powerful movements that push the successors of these gentlemen to meet what science demands. Today's an achievement for everyone who's held a banner, signed a petition, and gone to jail -- and a call for many more to join us going forward!
Having penned one of the first books about climate change some 25 years ago, McKibben presumed that "reason" would ultimately prevail. And, named by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 thinkers of our time, he ought to have been right.
When it comes to the pipeline, these midterms have been rather like Macbeth's dour take on life, "a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
I'm no journalist, but for those who missed the significance of this singular moment due to the mainstream media's abdication of responsibility, permit me a few reflections on why the PCM was monumental.
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As we come down from the mountaintop, let us join in action and reflection. Without a sustainable planet, we stand without food or energy, as if we stood beside a burnt down house in the desert.
While the entire story didn't make it onto the front page, it was laid out intentionally and clearly for the 300,000 participants -- making this rally far more of an educational and explanatory exercise than any protest march I've previously witnessed.
Shouting, "What solution? Revolution," protestors started in front of Brussels' Palais de Justice and marched to Sablon to the beat of drums and brass band music.
The climate movement is home to quite a few who go the full-on vegan, composting, skip-coffee-because-it's-bad-for-the-climate route. But going green is only good if it actually gets somewhere.
For 25 years scientists have been explaining with careful precision the depth of our crisis. And for 25 years they've been drowned out by the sound of money, a sound that has blocked the ears of our presidents and prime ministers and politburos. It's time for us to make our own clamor.
As a result of one small action, history has been made. A small precedent has been set. Civil disobedience against coal-fired energy in this case was judged both symbolically and in reality for the greater good of the environment, and to the benefit of the public.
Top military experts and government institutions like the U.S. Department of Defense and National Intelligence Council warn that climate destabilization threatens our national security, yet global emissions just keep going up.
Will Harvard's Management Company, tasked with growing Harvard's endowment, acknowledge the critical state of the planet and direct a portion of Chan's gift to building the kind of intentional financial partnerships that lead to a more stable climate and a more manageable global health ecosystem?