GROW Divestment - Chicago Kick-off Meeting

Are you ready to take the fight against the fossil fuel industry to the next level? Let’s G.R.O.W. Divestment (Gather. Rise. Organize. Win.) this summer! From the end of July through mid August, G.R.O.W. Fossil fuel divestment meet-ups across the United States are seeking to connect students together and link them to the work of off-campus environmental groups. Come the fall, we’ll be more ready and well-connected than ever.
Date: Saturday, August 17th 2013
Place: Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago
Join Chicago Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC), a coalition of mainly university students working for a just and sustainable future, RU Fossil Free, the fossil fuel divestment campaign at Roosevelt, and Chicago 350, a climate group building a divestment campaign for the city of Chicago, as they plan for widespread divestment throughout the area. The divestment movement has spread to over 350 campuses across the country, and we've already seen divestment wins in multiple colleges, congregations, and cities.

Dylan Amlin, a student at Roosevelt University and co-chair of the Chicago Youth Climate Coalition, has been working to expand on the work already done and get more people involved. Along with members of the Oak Park and River Forest area, Dylan was one of the hundreds who gathered outside outside the Chicago Hilton during Obama’s visit last month as a reminder that that the president’s decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline could determine the fate of our climate and our future. Read more about that rally here.

The current actions are modeled after the successful South African divestment movement, and CYCC is helping to shift power to our universities, congregations, and other communities in the face of political silence on climate change. "I've found divestment to be a powerful way to bring attention to climate change as an urgent and moral issue," says Amlin, "it sends the message that if it's wrong to wreck the planet, it's wrong to profit from that wreckage." Divestment across the nation has been getting real attention, a recent NYTimes article about Obama's nod to the divestment movement is evidence of that.

This meeting will begin to expand the divestment movement to other schools, congregations, and community organizations in Chicago. The training will include spaces for networking, learning how to make the connection between on- and off-campus work, and creatively discussing next steps for the newly-built coalition. When all the students, congregations, and other community organizations come together, we can transform the climate justice movement!

Register here and check out our the CYCC Facebook event.
Date: Saturday, August 17th 2013
Place: Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Time: TBA
The event is free of charge.
To learn more about climate issues and what we can do, please see the Climate Resources on Green Community Connections web site.