Vote Yes to Divest!

We have exciting news. On February 6th, on the GUSA election ballot, undergraduates will get the change to vote in support of a referendum to divest Georgetown’s endowment fund from fossil fuels. 

This is the chance to prove that Georgetown students want divestment, and we want it now. This is the time where we can take action and show the Board of Directors that they can no longer jeopardize our futures just to make a profit. It time to divest from fossil fuels and stand for climate justice.

For context: GUFF submitted a proposal for full divestment on January 17th, 2019 to the Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility (CISR). CISR’s task is to consider proposals and make recommendations to the Board of Directors about the endowment and socially responsible investing. Despite working with us in the past to achieve divestment from tar sands and coal, CISR has failed to come to a decision a full year after the submission of our proposal. So, GUFF is seeking support from the Georgetown community to pressure CISR and the Board of Directors directly to fully divest from fossil fuels. That’s why we’re holding a referendum vote. 

One week before the vote, on Thursday, January 30th at 6pm, we’ll be holding a Teach-In on Divestment and Endowment Justice in ICC 105. This will be a perfect opportunity to learn everything you need to know about divestment, the history of the movement and what divestment means for climate justice and for Georgetown. We’ll also give everyone a chance to get involved with the campaign in the week before the vote. RSVP here: bit.ly/guff-teach-in.

We have 15 days until the referendum vote and there has never been a better time to get involved in the divestment movement. Join our weekly meeting to get involved in social media, faculty and student outreach, tabling, flyering and more. We meet weekly on Wednesdays at 9pm in ICC 219b. Come out to the teach-in on January 30th and bring all your friends. Follow us on social media (@gufossilfree). Spread the word about the referendum vote, and why divestment is important to you. We need as much voter turnout as possible to show CISR, and the Board that they can’t ignore us any longer. Together, we can make this happen. 

Check out this FAQ guide, please reach out to us at gufossilfree@gmail.com with any further questions, and vote YES to divest on February 6th! 

*Faculty Members that would like to support our campaign can sign on to this letter of support!

*Student organizations that would like to support the campaign can sign on to this letter of support!

 

 

 

Fall 2019 Wrap-Up

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GUFF-ers joined with other students on campus to attend the September 2019 Global Climate Strike

We kicked off the Fall by joining the September 20th Global Climate Strike. GUFF was excited to be with the millions around the world who recognize the immediate need to end our dependence on fossil fuels and work to combat the effects, now and to come, of the climate crisis. GUFF followed up the strike with an art build as well as efforts to gain more signatures for the fossil-free petition.

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GUFF members musing over the new banner design

GUFF also set the goal to force the university to vote on full divestment from fossil fuels at the final Board of Trustees meeting this year. That means this year could be the year that Georgetown University goes fossil-free. The remainder of the Fall semester was spent on planning actions to help get the support our campaign needs to make the vote go in our favor. That means that a lot of plans are in the works for this semester!

As always we appreciate your support and involvement. Our next big event is our divestment teach-in on January 30th in ICC 105 at 6:00 pm. We hope you can make it; otherwise, keep an eye out for us in your inbox or tabling on campus!