Campus Climate Challenge

Divest Now

Community Highlights

I’m not one to talk about the science of climate change. I assume that at this point everyone has decided to lean into the reality of climate science - or has chosen to disengage and hope that things get better on their own. But as a recap of what we know: climate change is happening now; it’s driven by our consumptive, wasteful lifestyles, and an addiction to fossil fuels; and, the fossil fuel industry has a both an incredible amount of power and an economic interest in our world holding on to our fossil fuel dependence.

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752 PowerShift 2007 (photo credit Ellen Epley)

The years I spent supporting the Energy Action Coalition as student leader, and then as staff of a partner organization deeply infulenced who I am today. I grew as a person, leader, and professional through the opportunities that were supported by EAC. Eventually I stepped back, but news of my good friend and mentor Liz Veazey stepping up to once again lead EAC through a critical transition into new leadership sent me calling. As an “Alumni” I felt a bit of nostalgia and responsibility to support the coalition and person who had been so influential.

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Earth Day is here and so is our eagerly anticipated new website: domtruth.org. After months of hard work, we’re excited to release this interactive website as an educational platform to expose the dirty truth about Virginia’s largest utility company and most powerful corporation: Dominion Power.

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On Sunday, April 12 I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition's (KSEC) Spring Summit in Lexington Kentucky. We met at an amazingly creative space that hosts students, nonprofits and businesses called The Plantory. The environment allowed for ideas to flow and grow into action plans.

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If you tuned into yesterday's Kojo Nnamdi show on NPR affiliate station WAMU in Washington DC, you may have caught about eight awkward minutes as the president of George Mason University was questioned about the influence of Charles Koch in certain departments of his university.

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My name is Sean Estelle and I am an alumnus of the University of California, San Diego (Class of 2013).  I am the National Divestment Campaigner for Energy Action Coalition, and I’m building a long-term movement for student power to transform our institutions of higher education until they are truly committed to issues of climate justice and social justice.

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In the five weeks since the Virginia March for Divestment and Virginia Power Shift (VAPS), there has been a monumental shift in Virginia campus activism, and an explosion of activity in the Virginia student divestment movement.

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            At Murray State University the Murray Environmental Student Society (M.E.S.S.) has been focusing on garnering support for the  establishment of  a Sustainable Projects Fund (SPF). This fund is often called a green fee by some campuses and it is a minimal fee of about $3-$5 that would come from student's tuition. The club frames this fee as giving up a Starbucks coffee once a semester. It is a small amount of money that could make instrumental changes for Murray State.

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