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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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April has been a month of action toward climate justice at Syracuse University.

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I was deeply honored to spend some time this past week at the Reject and Project encampment on the National Mall. For six days, tribes, farmers, and ranchers (known as the Cowboy Indian Alliance) set up a tipi camp on the Mall, raising awareness about the plight to stop the Keystone XL and heal the tar sands. I had a chance to sit down with some youth participants from tribal and farmer backgrounds and listen to their stories--these youth leaders had some of those deepest resolve and commitment to protect land and famies that I've ever met.

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Yesterday, I spent a couple hours at the Earth Day celebration in Wilkes-Barre. I thought a lot about the environmental crises northeast Pennsylvania has endured over generations.

The Wyoming Valley, which includes Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, especially has seen the horrors of unbridled resource extraction.

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“Queer: It’s a Coalition Building Word.” – Eli Clare

 

There are plenty of queer and trans* people in the climate movement.  We are leading organizations, organizing strategic actions, and winning campaigns.  So how come our movement so rarely talks about the intersection of queer, trans*, and climate justice?

That’s the topic of exploration in Queering the Climate Movement, a workshop facilitated by Lauren Wood of Peaceful Uprising at the 2014 Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence. 

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By Eliza Sherpa & Sarah Arndt (Skidmore College)

In the following editorial, we attempt to apply the study of whiteness to environmental action. We assert first that American society maintains systems of racism and colonization that center and privilege whiteness while oppressing and marginalizing other identities. As a result, the U.S.-based environmental movement is implicated in a racial system. We believe the movement fails to adequately acknowledge or respond to the racialized nature of the politics and processes with which it engages. This failure manifests at multiple levels, including on our own college campus, Skidmore. While the environmental community on campus has attempted to foster an inclusive space and increase diversity, it has failed to do so largely due to misguided approaches. It is necessary for campus environmental activists to identify, examine, and change the ways in which our actions are influenced by racialized and colonizing economic and political systems. This begins with each of us as individuals learning and actively engaging in the constant process of becoming better allies.

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It’s been an incredible couple weeks of victories for the divestment movement! 

Hot on the heels of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence 2014 at San Francisco State University, our momentum is exploding as students pledge to dig deep, link up, and take action.

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