Campus Action & Sustainability

Written by: Fiona Gettinger, Fiona is a Sophmore at the Univerisity of New Hampshire majoring in Environmental Conservation Studies, she is also a campus coordinator with the Greenpeace Student Network and the President of the Student Environmental Action Coalition. This post was originally published as an Op-Ed in the "The New Hampshire"

Charles Dickens once described a future of contradictions, writing that, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us...” More than any other era, that time is now. We are off balance at a precipice of inevitable change; we have an ever expanding technological horizon, rapidly diminishing natural resources, an out of control global population and a planet at capacity.

Two months ago, five UNH students met with some of the most senior level administrators of our university to discuss the possibility of divesting the endowment from fossil fuel corporations, and reinvesting in socially and environmentally responsible companies. As we found out, investments are actually made by an external company, Prime Buchholz, and major decisions go through the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and the Investment and Finance Committee. They declined to provide a position or opinion on divestment at the time, however, last week the Student Environmental Action Coalition received the official statement of the UNH Foundation regarding its stance on divestment from fossil fuel companies.

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This blog was orignally posted on the Southern Energy Network's blog. It was written by Simone Domingue, SEN Communications Fellow.

“A Climate of Change” read the headline of the Huffington Post this past Saturday. The article read that a recent Rasmussen poll concluded that 68% of Americans recognize climate change as a “serious problem”. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and after the climate silence controversy, I can’t help but get the sense there is a changing narrative about climate change in this country. Unfortunately it isn’t necessarily an uplifting narrative. The bottom line is people are concerned, they are concerned for their future and that of their children’s. People are beginning to realize the threat that a changing climate means to their livelihood.

So this isn’t the most uplifting way for the climate events of our time to unfold…but maybe there are some things to be learned and applied to our ongoing fight for the climate.

There are a few things we shouldn’t forget in order to ensure a better a future for ourselves, our family, and our world. First, we have to stay informed and stay involved. There are far too many people who would have you believe that caring about issues and exercising your rights to participate in decision making is a futile effort.

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Hey Everyone! It is Serafina again, here to announce the next C2C Fellows event! We are bringing the program to Bard College from November 30th-December 2nd.  Recent graduates and graduate and undergraduate students from the New York and New England area are invited to attend this workshop event to develop sustainability leadership skills under the direction of Dr. Goodstein, Director of the Bard College Center for Environmental Policy, Dean of the Bard College MBA in Sustainability, economist, and scholar. Accompanying Dr.

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Middlebury College, Vermont 10/17/12

In the midst of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to Middlebury College last weekend, student activists published a satirical press release to the student body claiming that Middlebury had divested its endowment from fossil fuels and war. A few days later, their "clean sheet" came out with the facts, and called on the student body to join in solidarity and support divestment. 

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