One of the reasons we find it hard to face the facts about collapse and climate change is because there are so few imaginary or real life stories about powerdown. There are plenty of success-through-adversity stories, hero stories, princess stories…And somewhere in the bones of ourselves we know this is a key to our future: we don’t know the outcome of the play. Or whether back up will arrive. We go in anyway. Something is pulling us. It’s time.
“I don’t want to act based on fear, but I see how fragile the institutions are around us. Things could suddenly change. I listen behind the headlines to the trends in the news, the signs of our societal decomposition. There are many ways we should prepare for the transition, and connecting with neighbors and local people is key.”
“Why should people divest from the fossil fuel sector?” Lisa Renstrom pauses and thinks. “Let me count the ways.”
Virtually every name in the financial pantheon has extended credit in some form to the Dakota pipeline project.
Sixty-five percent of the world’s coal production is unprofitable at today’s prices, a new research report by Wood Mackenzie, a commercial intelligence company often cited by investment analysts and the coal industry itself, concluded.
This week the latest edition of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy noted two important trends.
Divestment is the opposite of investment: you can think of it like “uninvesting.”
This week, the Queen’s speech assured us that the new government would “seek effective global collaboration to sustain economic recovery and to combat climate change”.
Students at Harvard University have expanded their blockade of key administration offices while calling on the school to divest from fossil fuels.
‘Unless and until institutions like Harvard act to stigmatize the root causes of global warming, we will remain addicted to a system of energy production and economic injustice that guarantees catastrophe.’
Several colleges and universities have completed the process of divestment. None has declared financial ruin. In fact, many, like Sterling, are seeing improved returns on their investments.
Joe tells about the unifying nature of Main Street, bridging the “resource gap,” and more…