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This spring, we've seen incredible victories in the fossil fuel divestment movement. We've seen bold action on campuses across the country including Washington University and Harvard. We've seen the largest youth-led action against the Keystone XL pipeline to date at the gates of the White House. We're seen endorsements by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres. And in the final weeks of this semester we've seen real leadership from colleges like Pitzer and Stanford that have committed to divest -- it feels like the dominoes are starting to fall. It's been amazing to be a part of the divestment movement since 2012 and to witness how it's evolved and ignited our generation.

So how can we build on this unprecedented momentum as this semester comes to a close? The themes from528 Photo Credit: Shadia Fayne Woord this year’s Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence have resonated with me and I think they continue to offer a powerful framework for a strengthened movement moving forward:

Dig deep – We need to dig deep within ourselves, hold onto what motivates each of us, feel our anger at the violence committed by the fossil fuel industry, and keep our vision for a healthy and just world close. We need to be honest with ourselves and each other about what we’re up against, what it’s going to take to break the power of the fossil fuel industry. And we need to find creative ways to communicate our vision. With art, music, and storytelling, we can stir people’s souls, reach new people with creativity, hope, possibility, and a sense of the urgency and magnitude of the crises we face.

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From www.energyjusticesummer.org:

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We are young organizers who care deeply about social justice and human rights. We seek a world where everyone has access to sustainable energy and no one suffers unjustly because of our fossil fuel economy. We believe that fracking presents a grave threat to people everywhere, especially those on the frontlines of extraction. To create a just energy future, we must stop fracking.

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For 5 days, Native American tribal leaders, ranchers, and farmers made their united presence known on the National Mall, as they peacefully demonstrated against construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Their message was: Reject and Protect.

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This article was originally published on the Huffington Post on Friday, April 25th, 2014.

We cannot build a thriving future out of burnout and exhaustion.

We cannot build a thriving future out of weary hearts, tired minds and burnt out bodies.

But we're certainly trying to, by the looks of it.

I know this from my work as an organizer in the climate movement -- because that's how I was doing it. That's how we all were doing it.

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Yesterday, the Vassar College Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign, Divest VC, staged a human oil spill outside their Main Building. This event was part of #BeyondEarthDay, a series of actions at colleges and universities across the USA calling on administrators to go beyond campus sustainability initiatives and divest from fossil fuel corporations, as a way to create political change.

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519 Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

Students at AU walked out of classes, held a rally, and marched into a forum with their trustees.

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BOWDOIN COLLEGE

Students at Bowdoin delivered over 1,000 signatures, representing more than half of the student body, to President Barry Mills.

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Despite widespread consensus that climate change is happening and being made worse by humans, fossil fuel companies continue to profit from recklessly emitting greenhouse gases. How to stop this industry run amok that puts our entire planet in jeopardy?

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