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6 Reasons 2014 Was a Good Year for Climate Action

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

When we heard about Federal cuts to environmental initiatives, we couldn't help but think of the potential disaster when climate-denying forces really take power next year. So here are six reasons to be optimistic under even the most climate-denying Congress.

Keeping the Keys: The Rise of the Palestinian Diplomatic Intifada

Ibrahim Sharqieh | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Ibrahim Sharqieh

Abbas should not be expected to magically relieve the suffering of the Palestinian, but to preserve his credibility and his standing among the Palestinian people he needs to take action, not just make statements.

U.S. Churches and the Boycott of Israeli Settlements

Philip Farah | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Philip Farah

Christian advocates of boycotts and divestment see Israel's bellicose policies as destructive not only to Palestinians but also to Israeli Jews. The involvement of churches in this growing international movement indicates that concern for a just and lasting peace for Palestinians and Israelis is finally making inroads into mainstream American society.

Climate Change and Investment in Fossil Fuel Companies: The Strategy of Engagement Won't Work

Bevis Longstreth | Posted 12.11.2014 | Green
Bevis Longstreth

In regard to fossil fuel companies directly engaged in extractive activities, it is unrealistic to imagine them being swayed by shareholder arguments to get out of their core business of exploring for, extracting and selling carbon-emitting fuel.

A Fossil Fuel Scandal at the Climate Talks in Lima

Jamie Henn | Posted 12.06.2014 | Green
Jamie Henn

If you were looking for evidence that the divestment movement is beginning to put serious pressure on the fossil fuel industry, look no further.

American University Puts Fossil Fuel Industry Over Students

Julian Gomez | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Julian Gomez

On November 21, 2014, the Board of Trustees of American University voted in favor of supporting climate destruction, refusing to divest its $550 million endowment from the fossil fuel industry and placing American University firmly on the wrong side of history.

Harvard Students File Divestment Lawsuit

AP | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green

BOSTON (AP) — Seven Harvard University students have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force the university's governing body to divest from fossil f...

American University: Rising for Fossil Fuel Divestment

Julian Gomez | Posted 01.15.2015 | Green
Julian Gomez

On Monday, Nov. 17 at 1 pm, hundreds of students, faculty, alumni, and community members will gather at American University for the largest action ever organized by Fossil Free American University, a student group that has been organizing for divestment for two years.

The U.S.-China Climate Deal Strengthens the Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment

Jamie Henn | Posted 01.12.2015 | Green
Jamie Henn

No one strategy can combat climate change and divestment is no exception. But as the U.S. and China just demonstrated, the possibility of failure isn't an excuse for inaction.

College Faculty Backing Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

AP | Posted 01.10.2015 | Green

BOSTON (AP) — The largely student-led movement at many Boston area colleges urging their schools to divest from fossil fuel companies is getting an ...

Exxon's First Prick of Conscience?

Michael Brune | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Exxon Mobil's vice president of public and government affairs published a critique of divestment that concluded by saying that destroying our planet's climate by recklessly extracting and burning fossil fuel reserves is necessary to relieve global poverty.

Why We Fast With Divest Harvard

Talia Rothstein | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green
Talia Rothstein

On October 20, Harvard students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members will begin a week of fasting and reflection to call on our university to divest its $36.4 billion endowment from the fossil fuel industry. We believe that we have no other choice.

College Students Continue to Lead the Way on Clean Energy

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

All this good clean energy news lately, and I haven't talked about the recent college victories! Last month, thanks to tremendous student activism, officials at the University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill and the University of Georgia announced significant steps related to moving beyond coal.

LEGO Quits Shell Over Arctic Drilling -- Who's Next?

Travis Nichols | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
Travis Nichols

Shell is running out of places to hide. Today, LEGO announced it will be ending its 50-year relationship with the oil company after millions of people around the world called on the toymaker to put the partnership on ice.

Investing in Our Children's Future: Divestment, Sustainability and Climate Justice

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Climate change affects all people but it especially endangers the lives of our sisters and brothers who live in poverty around the world. Because of this, climate justice is an economic, social, and political as well as environmental issue.

A Leader, a Polar Bear, and the Shock of Recognition

President Anote Tong | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
President Anote Tong

Climate change is a problem that requires a global solution. And it is a problem that requires remarkable global leadership if it is to be adequately addressed. In spite of the unequivocal scientific information available, many people remain unprepared.

The People's Climate March

Peter Neill | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Until we as ocean advocates can make the case that climate itself is a function of the ocean, along with its impact on fresh water, energy, food, health, and security, the UN and other agents of governance will continue to struggle with the compromised attitudes and actions, or lack thereof, promoted by vested interests.

Ben Walsh

How Wall Street Really Is Failing The Planet | Ben Walsh | Posted 09.26.2014 | Business

On Monday, thousands of protesters marched through lower Manhattan to call attention to Wall Street's role in causing global climate change. They were...

Fossil Fuel Divestment Makes UN Climate Summit a Success

Michael Shank | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Michael Shank

With 2013 breaking historical records regarding greenhouse gas emissions, we have little time to act. Investors get it. It's risky business to continue to invest in fossil fuels. Now it's time for policymakers, prime ministers and presidents to get it as well.

Movement To Divest From Fossil Fuels Grows

Reuters | Astrid Zweynert | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green

LONDON, Sept 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A growing movement of individuals and institutions selling off shares linked to fossil fuels has the ...

Clean Energy Can Multiply Gerald L. Chan's $350 Million Gift to Harvard

Stacy Clark | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Stacy Clark

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?

Yale University Ducks on Fossil Fuel Divest Decision--and Fails Leadership 101

Judith Samuelson | Posted 11.08.2014 | Green
Judith Samuelson

No one, least of all campaigners for divestment, thinks dumping some stocks solves the problem. Yale doesn't have the scale, power or influence to move markets. It does, however, have the scale, power and influence to be a catalytic force in the call for action on pricing carbon.

These Yale Students Are Fighting Against Fossil Fuels

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 09.03.2014 | Green

For students and administrators at Yale, the movement for fossil-fuel divestment -- dubbed "Fossil Free Yale" -- is nothing new. The student-led i...

Fossil Fuel Divestment Works in Slowing Global Warming

Michael Shank | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Michael Shank

In Washington, or any town where money is often valued above all else, the act of moving dollars out of fossil fuels and into sustainable, renewable options is a powerful demonstration of values.

Against Divestment -- Why Walking Away Won't Make a Difference

Nell Minow | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Nell Minow

Submit shareholder proposals. Nominate new directors. Attend annual meetings to ask questions of the executives and board members. But do not sell the stock that gives you the right to engage on the issues you care about with the people who can make a difference.