Posts Tagged ‘Divest Dal’

Sustainability not just a society

Sustainability is one of those words you’ve probably been hearing a lot lately. That’s because, with issues like climate change, people are coming together to figure out what can be done to achieve sustainability.   Changes can occur on the individual, local, regional or even international levels. They’re happening in Halifax.   Campus causes for climate change…

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Divest Dal pushes forward

Following a major protest last year and a summer in which environmental issues occupied the headlines (remember that heat wave?), Divest Dal shows no signs of slowing down.  Divest Dal is a student-led campaign which pushes Dal to – well – divest from fossil fuels. Last year, the group organized a nine-day sit-in at the Studley campus…

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Dalhousie on track to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets

Rochelle Owen, the director of the Office of Sustainability at Dalhousie University, says she’s confident the university can meet its greenhouse gas reduction target of 50 per cent by 2020, and net zero by 2050. According to its last greenhouse gas inventory, Dalhousie University emitted 98,659 tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2014-2015. These are gases…

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Climate justice: An issue of basic human rights

When talking about climate change, we are used to hearing alarm bells like “catastrophic warming,” “global sea level rise,” and “habitat loss.” Such terms trigger thoughts to protect our environment and biodiversity. While that’s part of the concern, the reality is that the implications of climate change are further reaching than maintaining picturesque places, wild…

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Dal students get tattoos for climate change awareness

Student activists at Dalhousie University made a permanent statement about climate change on Monday. Fifteen students had three-digit numbers tattooed on their bodies — ink they are referring to as “birthmarks.” The numbers represent the amount of carbon in the atmosphere in the year they were born. Carbon concentration is measured in parts per million…

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We need to divest – now

The administration is out of touch with what the people who teach, research, and study at this university support. Widespread affirmation of divestment is growing, and the administration needs to start listening. Advocating for divestment (the withdrawal from Dalhousie’s endowment fund investments) of the top 200 largest coal and oil companies is a strategic way…

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(photo by Bryn Karcha)

Do you believe doing the right thing always means sacrificing your well-being? I don’t. Lately, I’ve been finding a common thread among some of the critiques of fossil fuel divestment I’ve come across: the assumed mutual exclusivity of financial ethics and financial health. In response, advocates of divestment have been quick to note that oil and…

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