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Late last week, Georgetown University announced a major decision — “to divest from fossil fuel investments over the next decade—including divestment from public securities within five years and private investments within ten years.” University President Jack DeGioia gave credit to members of the University community and to the Pope whose 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home “informs and strengthens our commitment to the environment, and to one another, ensuring that as we move forward, we do so in a spirit of mutual respect and collaboration.” On the same day, 94% of the student body voted overwhelmingly to make Georgetown the first “Blue” campus in the nation — to promote greater university commitment to the protection of ocean habitats.
Student groups pushed for both decisions. Georgetown joins the University of Maryland, the University of California, Oregon State, the University of Maryland, and Syracuse — other major universities in the U.S. to divest. As an alumnus of Georgetown University and a member of its adjunct faculty, I (Monica) am so proud of my alma mater. As they say to cheer at Georgetown – HOYA SAXA!
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The earliest iteration of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was founded in 1977 to “defend, conserve and protect our ocean.” Meet three women, featured by Vogue, who are carrying out the organization’s mission: Eva Hidalgo: 31-year-old Spanish scientist who was part of the team that possibly identified a new […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer A bill sitting on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s desk could take away local government’s decision-making about their energy choices, including where to build large-scale solar arrays. The outcome will impact the historically Black town of Archer, where Origis Energy and Gainesville Regional Utilities want to build a 50-megawatt solar […]
The American Jobs Plan is an unmissable moment for communities across the country to address the legacy of urban freeways and set a new course for a more equitable future. It’s absolutely critical that as we begin to reimagine and build the transportation infrastructure of the 21st century that we do not repeat the mistakes […]
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