What an incredible couple of weeks!
First, the news that Sterling College became the third school to divest from fossil fuel companies. The momentum and energy of the fossil fuel divestment movement is incredible, and we are feeling it here.
Here at AU, we started reaching out to students, faculty, and alumni. Last week, we tabled every day on the quad, collecting signatures for a ballot referendum and photo petitions. At the end of the week, we had close to 300 voter pledge cards which we will use to remind students to vote on the referendum in March, and over 100 beautiful photo petitions. The campaign has also received a number of official endorsements from campus clubs, with more on the way.
Then came the day we had all been waiting for, the gigantic Forward on Climate rally. 50,000 people descended on Washington to demand that President Obama reject the Keystone XL pipeline, and take serious steps to address climate change. Over 100 AU students were in attendance, and it was great to see students from other divestment campaigns as well.
Finally, we wrapped up these amazing couple of weeks with a big night. Representatives from Fossil Free AU attended a meet-and-greet with members of the Board of Trustees, explaining the need to divest our endowment from fossil fuels. This was the first time that we were able to directly bring our campaign to the attention of the Board. According to a friendly member of the administration, fossil fuel divestment will definitely be a topic of discussion at this weeks board meeting. After the meet-and-greet, Fossil Free AU hosted a town hall event that drew about 50 people. We heard from students, faculty, and an AU alum who was recently hired as a 350.org organizer.
Support continues to grow for the Fossil Free AU campaign, and we’re looking forward to the work ahead!