Today I wanted to collate a few exciting resources to share with you!
1) The Trillion Tonne Communiqué: 70 major companies (including SHELL!) are calling on governments to take action and address climate change. The Guardian has great reporting on this update: “…the signatories demand governments put in place policies to prevent the cumulative emission of more than a trillion tonnes of carbon, arguing that passing that threshold would lead to unacceptable levels of climate-related risk. The statement urges political leaders to set a timeline for achieving net zero emissions before the end of the century, design a credible strategy to transform the energy system, and create a plan to tackle the global economy’s reliance on fossil fuels, especially unabated coal power.” This is HUGE (especially that Shell is involved) because it strengthens the arguments that we use for fossil fuel divestment–and shows that companies are actually listening, changing, and evolving.
2) The Week has an exciting article on divestment. It’s definitely worth a read.
3) Right now, students are Washington University are staging in a sit-in. They are escalating and calling on the University to cut ties with Peabody Energy. This is an incredibly important action, and we should all support these students! To learn more about what they’re doing and how to support, visit http://studentsagainstpeabody.tumblr.com.
4) Kate Aranoff, a divestment activist at Swarthmore, and I wrote for Dissent Magazine about divestment. I wrote about the origin and rational for the movement, and Kate talked about escalation. Check it out here!