This June, the University of Dayton announced that it would divest its $670 million endowment from fossil fuels. It is the first Catholic institution to divest, and the largest university endowment to fully commit to fossil fuel divestment (including coal, oil, and gas). Read more here. If it were to commit to GU Fossil Free’s proposal, Georgetown would be the first Jesuit institution to divest, as well as the largest endowment at $1.2 billion.
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.
- West Virginia Declares State of Emergency After Coal Chemical Contaminates Drinking Water
- The 6 Most Terrifying Facts About the Chemical Spill
- How Dangerous is the Coal-Washing Chemical Spill in West Virginia?
- 24-hour Update
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.
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.
After weeks of resistance and protest, SWN is saying they are ending their shale gas exploration.
“A Houston-based energy company that has faced ferocious resistance from a Mi’kmaq-led coalition is ending its shale gas exploration work for the year, says Elsipogtog War Chief John Levi.”
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?
The Washington Post publishes rebuttals to its editorial board’s misguided opposition to divestment. And a GU Fossil Free member who spoke at the DC City Council hearing on divestment contributed to the rebuttal.