, 350.org, Cornell University
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 from 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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