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We must be on the right track

Another year draws to a close and I’m reminded of the words of Mahatma Gandhi when I think of the progress our fossil fuel divestment movement has achieved in 2014. It’s true, many investors and fossil fuel industry insiders do continue to laugh at or ignore the “existential threat” we pose to them, as former (More...)


This is What An Invitation Looks Like

By Miles Goodrich   This is an invitation. Five years ago, I was a high school junior sequestered away from global politics and carbon anxiety on Maine’s ragged coastline.  News from the Copenhagen Climate Summit, however, navigated its way through jutting peninsulas and shoddy internet to my farm-school in Wiscasset.  Normally tasked with scrubbing toilets or (More...)

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Diary of an Activist

For anyone who’s ever felt powerless in the face of climate change: do yourself a favor and watch this lovely & wise autobiographical video by NYU Divest activist Costanza Maio. Really, it’s great: (More...)

First College in the Pacific Islands Divests from Fossil Fuels

As another set of uninspiring UN climate negotiations has come to a close in Lima, the first university in the Pacific Islands, the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI), has just voted unanimously to divest from fossil fuel companies. The Republic of the Marshall Islands comprises over 1,000 small, low-lying islands that are home to (More...)

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At Northwestern University, baby steps are the key to divestment success

Guest post by Christina Cilento. Christina is a sophomore at Northwestern University studying sustainability and management. She’s been working with DivestNU for a year and a half, where she helps coordinate events, meets with administration and recruits new members. To find out more about DivestNU, visit their website, and “like” the Divest Northwestern page on (More...)

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CSU Chico Commits to Full Divestment of Fossil Fuel Holdings

CA State University Chico COMMITS TO FULL DIVESTMENT OF FOSSIL FUEL HOLDINGS CHICO, CA — On Wednesday, Chico State University showed immense leadership as one of the first public universities in the nation to commit to fully divesting from the top 200 coal, oil and gas companies within four years. The resolution, authored by members of Fossil (More...)

Kangaroos to defeat climate bomb?

By Nicolas Haeringer French bank Société Générale has announced it’s withdrawing from the Alpha Coal mega-coal mine in Australia. This “climate bomb” – an open mine in the Galilee basin (central Queensland) alone would  “produce 6% of the carbon necessary to take the planet past a 2°C temperature rise,” says Bill McKibben.   If the (More...)

Glimpses from Stockholm activities with Bill McKibben

Glimpses from the flashmob by Hanna Leghammar, divestment flashmob organiser in Stockholm Glimpses from the award ceremony by Andreas Jonsson, divestment campaigner in Uppsala THE UMBRELLA FLASHMOB A cold Saturday evening, the Saturday before Advent, environmentalists gathered at Sergels Torg in Stockholm, Sweden. The quiet manifestation attracted passing to pause their pre-Christmas hysteria and curiously (More...)

Who Are The Top Tar Sands Companies?

Big news for the divestment campaign. Fossil Free Indexes, the firm that maintains the “Top 200 Coal, Oil, and Gas Companies” list (The Carbon Underground 200), has produced a list of the top Tar Sands companies – The Carbon Underground Tar Sands 20. Why 20 you ask? For the same reason there are 200 on (More...)