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Climate Justice Holds Vigil At President’s Office, Urges BC To Divest From Fossil Fuels

DSC_0203-e1423867951370“We are going to conduct an intervention,” yelled Alyssa Florack, A&S ’17. In her background stood approximately 45 people, holding signs urging Boston College to divest in fossil fuels. Friday afternoon, a group of students participated in a Valentine’s Day-themed rally and vigil organized by Climate Justice at Boston College (CJBC). The rally started at 3 p.m. in O’Neill Plaza. From there, participants walked across Stokes Lawn, up onto College Rd., and finally reached the office of University President William P. Leahy S.J. on Mayflower Rd.

Fossil Free vs. UGBC Debate Leaves Divestment Issue Unresolved

DSC_0372edit-620x264Last night, March 26, representatives from Boston College Fossil Free and the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) faced off in a debate on the issue of divestment, an ongoing climate change movement that calls for universities and institutions to pull current investments from fossil free companies and divest from pursuing any future investments.

Divestment now!

mag0714 essayA1A recent graduate says universities are uniquely positioned to send a strong message to polluters. The Fossil Free movement, happening on more than 300 college campuses — including MIT, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and my alma mater, Boston College — is already taking the lead. Student-run chapters around the country are devoted to getting their school’s endowment funds to immediately freeze new investment in fossil-fuel companies, and divest of existing holdings in any such businesses over the next five years.

Roslindale Green & Clean spruces up neighborhood

AR-305079555.jpg&MaxW=650Roslindale Green & Clean volunteers and The Green Dragons transformed a public space in Roslindale Village in a day of community gardening. Participants removed half dead trees, rangy roses, and weedy grass and replaced them with drought tolerant and attractive trees and low growing shrubs. Mulch was installed to hold soil in place, control weeds and help retain moisture.

Kung Food: Mixing Martial Arts With Urban Agriculture

green dragonsGreen Dragon approach starts with students growing their own seedlings that eventually get transplanted for full harvest either in an outdoor raised bed or garden, or in indoor greenhouses in Boston. The group has five agricultural sites around the city, including their largest one located at the South West Boston Community Garden in Roslindale.

Close up

close-upThe trees scattered across Boston College’s landscape do not appear on the school’s balance sheet, but the University would be poorer without them. Literally. The 4,615 specimens counted and measured on the Chestnut Hill and Brighton campuses by student researchers during the summers of 2008 and 2009 reduce air-conditioning costs with their shade and lower heating costs by buffering winds, remove airborne pollutants, and prevent erosion.