Water Crisis in West Virginia

We are now entering the fifth day after the chemical spill in West Virginia, resulting in contaminating the water for 300,000 people in 9 counties.  Please read more the situation below, donate to the relief, and sign the petition for more accountability.  GU Fossil Free members will be helping with organizing water donations across the city with other people in DC, we’ll continue to update you on those efforts and how you can help.

Water is life and coal kills, it has been killing long before this spill.  This industry is poisoning people.  Solidarity with Appalachian communities.  Please donate to efforts to distribute water and also sign the petition demanding more accountability for this.

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Hundreds Tear Down Fences, Break into Chevron Site in Romania

As a follow-up to this news, hundreds of people have gathered in Pungesti to protest the Chevron site, tearing down the fences of the property, resulting in clashes with the police. This led to Chevron suspending their efforts in the region.

Following the incident, the US company later announced it was suspending activities in the area. “Chevron confirms the suspension today…due to the activities of protesters,” Chevron said in a statement.

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U.S. Public Lands Now Emit More CO2 Than They Can Possibly Absorb

A study has come out that says that oil and gas drilling on public lands produce 4.5 times the CO2 that they absorb, check out the full story.

“President Obama believes that we have a moral obligation to the next generation to leave our land, water and wildlife better than we found it,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently said at the National Press Club. “Passing along the blessings that we have inherited will take action and a commitment to take the long view, particularly in this era when our lands and waters are facing unprecedented challenges from climate change and a growing population.”

Our question for President Obama, why aren’t you?

Measured divestment proposal shows promise

Thank you to the Voice Editorial Board for a stellar editorial about our latest resolution win.

“Divestment is the natural next step to Georgetown’s continued commitment to sustainability, as manifested in its efforts to reduce its emissions from 2006 levels by 50 percent by 2020. While it is certain that as an institution and as individuals we remain dependent on fossil fuel energy, it isn’t morally sound for us to profit from practices that we actively strive to overcome. Given the undeniable harms to which fossil fuels are tied, namely climate change and its adverse consequences for humankind, present and future, divestment is wholly consistent with Georgetown’s core values of justice, pursuit of the common good, and the cultivation of women and men for others.”

UBS: Hands Off Appalachia Actions

On Monday, November 25th, 14 people were arrested during a day of action that included banner drops, sit-ins, and lock downs.  They were arrested while protesting UBS funding mountain-top removal, asking UBS to Divest from MTR.  To find out more about the campaign and actions, visit here.  To donate to their legal fund, please visit here.

“[At the meeting] I was ‘reassured’ [by UBS executives] that UBS’s policy on mountaintop removal was sufficient enough to protect my people.  I wholeheartedly disagree.  The reality is that their ‘policy’ is nothing more than an excuse to remove themselves from the truth that as UBS profits, my people suffer,” said Adam Hall of Glen Daniel, W.Va. who blocked the entrance to UBS’s headquarters today.”

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