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In just three months, St. Louis, the hometown of five coal companies could also be home to the divestment movement’s next big victory. St. Louis is also my hometown, and for over a year now, I’ve been working on the citywide divestment campaign, called Take Back St. Louis. The Take Back St. Louis initiative will change the city charter to end incentives to fossil fuel companies and instead invest money in and open city-owned land for renewable energy and sustainability initiatives. 

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When I started at the University of Maryland this past semester I joined the campaign to divest my university from fossil fuels as well. I am part of the fossil fuel divestment movement because divestment is an important tactic to make the fossil fuel industry’s public reputation as toxic as their business practices. Once doing business with the fossil fuel industry is seen as morally unconscionable it’s unlikely the industry will be able to continue buying off enough public officials to keep itself in existence.

Many of us have found out through divestment campaigns just how engrained the fossil fuel industry is on our campuses. Despite overwhelming support among students, university presidents and administrations have resisted our demands, caving to the power of fossil fuels.

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323 Shoddy KXL South Pipeline Connects Communities United in Opposition to Tar Sands

The highly anticipated startup of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has not deterred impacted residents from beginning a new chapter in advocating for the safety and integrity of their homes, communities, and natural spaces. Following years of entanglement with multinational pipeline corporation TransCanada and no support from elected officials, residents stretching from Oklahoma to the Texas Gulf Coast have been meeting to discuss how the tar sands pipeline has shaped how they relate to their communities and the political geographies of the pipeline.

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321 Retrieved from Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.Yesterday, Bates College disappointed many students and alumni that have been pushing the campus to live up to its “green” image. President Clayton Spencer released a public letter to the community stating that Bates would not be divesting from the fossil fuel industry.

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312 Youth leaders wrap up breakout session with shout out for action

Power Shift 2013 was a call to action for  6,000 youth from across the US and beyond, to step up to the greatest challenge of our time and lead a generational groundswell for change. Through a host of panels, workshops, keynotes and direct action opportunities, this national youth climate convergence offered a dynamic and powerful grassroots learning experience. Central to the weekend was exposureto a wide breadth of intersecting issues, both inside and outside of the mainstream environmental movement. 

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299 This past Wednesday, on the 85th birthday of Martin Luther King Jr, dozens of activists gathered to push the President to reject the Northern leg of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, stop the southern leg of KXL from becoming operational. They also called for divestment from dangerous fossil fuel sources and more investment in renewable, and clean energy sources.

Organized by the group Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, the day started at the American Petroleum Institute with remarks from Reverend Yearwood of the Hip Hop caucus, who proclaimed that in recognition of MLK, we much become “fossil free at last.”  Activists marched to the White House where an interfaith service was held by various faith leaders and the NAACP, calling for climate action, and was followed by two volunteers who engaged in civil disobedience to urge President Obama to stop the construction of southern leg of the KXL pipeline which is scheduled to begin producing oil on January 22nd.

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I wanted to share what a local nonprofit in San Francisco is doing and how we can all support it!

RE-volv is a nonprofit that crowdfunds to finance solar installations for nonprofits and cooperatives that serve as community centers.  Using a lease-to-own model, monthly payments from community centers (still less than their original energy bill) are reinvested to finance more solar energy projects.  Each individual project will yield 3-5 additional projects - a revolving fund for solar energy and a model that pays your donation forward!

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290 Courtesy of Hands Off Appalachia!On November 25th, 2013, I was arrested for hanging a large banner off a construction crane in downtown Stamford, CT. Today, I’m back in Stamford going to court, where I am facing a felony charge.

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The 2014 US Climate Action Report to the United Nations came out today. If you notice anyone celebrating how the US is going to meet the 2009 Copenhagen greenhouse gas emissions commitment, remember Barack Obama's fracking plan for electricity generation in 2020:

"Natural gas-fired plants account for 44 percent of capacity additions from 2012 through 2020 in the 2012 policy baseline scenario," from the report.

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