Daily Archives: March 12, 2015

Lesley University takes lead on fossil fuel divestment | Divest Harvard

By Sara Feijo
sfeijo Posted Mar. 11, 2015 at 10:17 AM

CAMBRIDGE

Lesley University threw down the green gauntlet when it divested in fossil fuels this month, shining a light on other Cambridge universities being criticized for not doing the same.

The university divested after a student presentation about climate change and fossil fuel divestment last May sparked conversations among the university’s board members and management team, according to a university spokesperson.

While a comprehensive plan of action has yet to be formulated, Lesley’s Investment Committee decided to liquidate the university’s fossil fuel investment, approximately $6.5 million, from Vanguard Energy, said Bernice Bradin, Lesley’s chief financial officer.

“The decision aligns our investment strategy with Lesley’s institutional values of sustainability, as well as educating and supporting global citizens who make a difference in the world,” Bradin said. “To that point, Lesley takes seriously the students’ concerns about fossil-fuel dependence and applauds their activities.”

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Harvard Heat Week: Student Call to Action | Talia Rothstein | Divest Harvard

Talia Rothstein, Harvard sophomore, Divest Harvard member
Posted: 03/12/2015 3:19 pm EDT

By students of Divest Harvard:

From April 13 to 17, Harvard students, faculty, and alumni will assemble in Harvard Yard for Harvard Heat Week, a week of action for fossil fuel divestment. As climate change threatens to become the worst humanitarian crisis that humans have ever faced, we ask all students to join us in the movement for climate justice.

Divest Harvard calls on Harvard to immediately divest from major fossil fuel companies. In this historic moment, Harvard confronts a choice that will influence its legacy for hundreds of years. Will it continue to endorse the fossil fuel industry’s destructive practices? Or will it act to ensure a livable future for young people, future generations, already-marginalized communities, and all those on the frontlines of climate chaos?

Why escalated action and civil disobedience?

For three years, Divest Harvard has worked to build a movement on campus using a wide range of tactics. Over 230 faculty members, 1100 alumni, and 65,000 community members have signed on to our campaign, and in 2012, 72 percent of college students and 67 percent of law students voted in support of divestment. Our university has met this powerful movement with refusals and silence, and even an order to arrest one of its own students for standing up for his beliefs.

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Corporate Personhood on Steroids…


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Published on Mar 11, 2015

Thom Hartmann talks with Rob Kall, Publisher/Founder-Op Ed News & Host-Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show Website: OpEdNews.com, about Goldman Sachs and other corporations that have many subsidiary corporations that can be used to hide crimes.

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4 Years of Fukushima Fallout


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Published on Mar 12, 2015

Thom Hartmann talks with Kevin Kamps (Radioactive Waste Watchdog and Beyond Nuclear) on the 4th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.

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Tackling the great challenges of the 21st century


The Royal Society

Published on Mar 12, 2015

How do we respond to the big issues of our time? Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, in conversation with Lord Stern, President of the British Academy focus on new opportunities for collaboration in research.

Event held 6:30 pm-8:00 pm on Thursday 05 March 2015 at The Royal Society, London.
https://royalsociety.org/events/2015/…

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America is Exceptional…When it Comes to War Profiteering


The Big Picture RT

Published on Mar 11, 2015

Ever since the Supreme Court said that defense contractors can buy off politicians left and right – business has been booming for the defense industry.

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IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Synthesis Report


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Published on Dec 3, 2014

The SYR synthesizes the main findings of the AR5 (IPCC) based on contributions from Working Group I (The Physical Science Basis), Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), and Working Group III (Mitigation of Climate Change), plus two additional IPCC reports (Special Report on Renewable Energy and Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation).

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The Future of the Arctic


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Published on Mar 12, 2015

The effects of global climate change are hugely amplified in the Arctic. Over the long term we can expect this iconic, frigid place to experience temperature increases much larger than the world average. This poses numerous environmental threats, including loss of polar species, increased release of greenhouse gases, and shrinking ice, wetlands and lakes.

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Is it time to put Senators in jail yet?


The Big Picture RT

Published on Mar 12, 2015

Jamal Abdi, National Iranian American Council (NIAC) joins Thom. Republicans are just starting to realize that their letter to Iran may not have been the best idea. So – how much damage has that letter actually done to US-Iran negotiations – and can we trust ever again to not sabatoge America just for partisan gain?

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India’s Most Iconic River


World Bank

Published on Mar 12, 2015

Worshipped as a living goddess by millions, the Ganga river also provides economic sustenance and environmental services to almost half of India’s population. Despite this iconic status, the Ganga today is facing formidable pollution pressures; more than three billion liters of sewage flow into the river every day. Learn more about the challenges facing this mighty river and plans to rejuvenate it and create a clean Ganga.

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