On September 21, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered in New York City demanding swift action to save an ailing planet. Meanwhile at SU, students continued to push for divestment. Can economists and environmentalists agree before it’s too late?
If anyone thought the divestment movement would weaken over the summer, guess again. It has proven to be the student movement that just won’t die. As the world’s climate continues to warm, the divestment campaign continues to heat up across the country. As the United Nations Climate Summit is underway, the world is assessing where it stands with Mother Nature.
Recognizing the Student Government of Seattle University’s (SGSU) 2012-13’s support of divestment and the 618 signature petition submitted by Students for Sustainable Action Club (SSA) last spring, SGSU 2013-14 offers the following statement on divestment of the University’s endowment from fossil fuel producing companies: As the representatives of the undergraduate student body of Seattle University, SGSU 2013-14 endorses the efforts of the SSA. Additionally, SGSU strongly advises a collaborative process involving students, faculty, staff, administration, and trustees to study the feasibility of and work towards University divestment.
In July, 2012, author and activist Bill McKibben published an article in Rolling Stones magazine called “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math.” McKibben reminded readers that the countries of the world, through the United Nations, have agreed that we must limit human-induced warming of the planet to 2°C.
Seattle University’s annual EcoChallenge is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to raise their awareness and adopt new habits to sustain a healthy and just planet.
Our students led the campaign to make Seattle U the first Washington school to remove single-use bottled water everywhere on campus.
Students, staff and faculty can grow vegetables and herbs in their own 4 x 8 foot raised bed. Raised bed users are responsible for planting, maintenance and harvest during the growing season. Hand tools, watering cans and hoses are available at each site. Gardeners can receive free vegetable starts at the Grounds Department’s April Earth Day celebration.