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This is What An Invitation Looks Like

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 feeding dew-soaked sheep, (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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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...)

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Jönköping University takes important step forward

By Fossil Free Jönköping University On Tuesday, the University of Jönköping, Sweden, decided to change their investment policy whereby direct investments in fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas from now on are excluded. Jönköping University is the first university in the country that take a clear stand in the issue and has begun work (More...)

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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...)

Can the Church of England transform the world’s biggest oil companies?

The Church of England is planning to submit shareholder resolutions to BP and Shell in an attempt to influence the ‘climate change strategy’ of the world’s two biggest oil companies. The Church of England has been criticised over the fossil fuel investments in its £9bn investment fund. An ability to influence companies’ behaviour is the recurring argument used (More...)

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What Plummeting Oil Prices Mean for the Divestment Movement

The headlines last week were all about oil prices. You may have seen articles talking about the geopolitical boondoggle the OPEC countries are in. You may of heard speculation about a sluggish economy or how consumers at the pump are jumping for low-price joy. But what does it mean for the divestment movement that crude (More...)

Prettiest divestment demonstration ever

By Cherry Tsoi The excitement in the air was palpable as the crowds gathered in the main square (Stortorget) of Lund, Sweden. Fossil Free LU was preparing for their first event of an entire week’s worth of Divestment Action, and Bill McKibben was to lead the first action. The “Manifestation” showcased an audience lit up (More...)