, State Focal Point, NY Green Umbrella
From Cornell and Ithaca College Students To Our Friends, Neighbors and Allies,
On Tuesday night, as we climbed back from the edge of our seats as the election results came in for President Obama, one thing was clear: Our movement to get off fossil fuels is going to keep growing. A year and a day ago, students from Cornell and Ithaca College, along with anti-fracking activists from across the Southern Tier and Upstate New York joined 12,000 people from across the country to encircle the White House and demand that President Obama block the Keystone XL pipeline. The fight isn’t over but it showed us that whether we’re organizing to stop the Tar Sands in Canada or fracking in our own backyards, this movement has a lot of fronts and a lot of solidarity.
That’s why this fall students have taken that connection to the next step. Across the country, nearly 50 campuses are starting the movement to divest university endowments from the fossil fuel industry. At Cornell alone there’s 5.6 billion dollars at stake and over 200 million at Ithaca College, a hefty portion of which we have a strong hunch is invested in Big Oil and Gas.
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