Several days ago, members of the Green Amherst Project (GAP) unearthed this blog from the depths of the Internet, revitalized it, and plan to use it more in the coming months to post about environmental issues and events happening in the Amherst community and around the world.
For now, we’d like to thank everyone who joined in our #ActOnClimate #DivestAmherst week of action! This week of action was held to show the Board of Trustees that the student body supports the divestment of our endowment from the coal industry.
Here’s a quick recap of everything that went on during the week:
Thursday, Nov. 13: Climate Change 101
The week kicked off with several Amherst College professors—J.E. Dizard, H. Holleman, E.D. Mellilo, M. Medina, and D. Jones—from various academic departments addressing popular arguments made by climate change skeptics and educating students on the basic science behind climate change.
From last night at Climate Change 101… "There is the temptation to think that this [Earth] is going to be in a habitable state forever." – Professor David Jones, Assistant Professor of Geology. // Climate Change 101 was a success! Thank you to all the professors who spoke and all the students in the audience who came out to learn more about the science of the world around us. #ActOnClimate #DivestAmherst
Friday, Nov. 14: Spray Painting T-Shirts
Students spray painted t-shirts and wore them around campus to show support of divestment.
Monday, Nov. 17: The Frontline Speaks
Members of the Amherst College community spoke about their personal experiences with climate. Covering topics from Hurricane Sandy to California to the Arctic Circle, the stories demonstrated the widespread effects of climate change on individual lives.
Tuesday, Nov. 18: Rising Tea Levels
Joined by Pete McLean of Book & Plow Farm and Laura Draucker, Director of Sustainability here at Amherst, several students gathered to discuss Amherst College’s response to climate change and sustainability issues.
Wednesday, Nov. 19: Turn-Up Val
Valentine Dining Hall was entertained with a short presentation by Lerato Teffo ’18 and Ned Kleiner ’16.
Thursday, Nov. 20: You’ve Got Mail
Amherst Students formed a chain from the steps of Frost Library to Converse Hall to deliver a giant envelope to the office of the Board of Trustees. The envelope contained a letter and a petition signed by 532 Amherst students and administrators asking the school to divest it’s endowment from the coal industry.
Thank you to everyone who joined our week of action! The Board of Trustees is meeting in January to discuss divestment. The student body has shown their support for divestment and it’s time for Amherst College to act.
Follow this blog to keep up with more Green Amherst Project and environment-related events happening in the near future!
P.S. Several members of GAP participated in #meatlessmonday tonight at dinner!
Amherst students participating in #meatlessmonday tonight at dinner. 15% of global carbon emissions come from the livestock sector. Humans will need to eat less meat if we want to a) feed our growing world population, and b) prevent catastrophic climate change. (http://bit.ly/1vxQK2b) Join us next week for another #meatlessmonday !