School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, University of Chicago, Northwestern, Depaul, Loyola, Roosevelt
Students from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign are putting pressure on their university to divest from fossil fuels!
Chicago students are stepping up as well.
University of Chicago delivered their letter last week with an attendance of 30 students in support.
Columbia College is anticipating a letter delivery this afternoon!
Sunday December 9, 2012
The divestment training happened today within the last meeting for CYCC for the year and the meetings will pick back up next year. However, this post is about the divestment training and the training gave much incite about how we should push for universities to divest in fossil fuel because fossil fuel is increasing the climate change that is causing global warming. Plus, the many ideas that were giving out for how to get universities nation wide to divest in fossil fuel and who should be reached in order to stop universities from investing in fossil fuel because of the damage that fossil fuel is doing to our environment. Now with in 5 years we are hoping to get all universities to divest in fossil fuel.
Thanks kelvin for the great training.
CYCC’s Fatima speaks of her new indoor garden!
“So I am gone to start with why I decided to start my indoor garden and that was because I live in an apartment building that does not have any garden space. That is how I came up with the idea to start my indoor garden by visiting Home Depot and a florist shop that is with in my neighborhood. Therefore, I brought my first plant from Home Depot and a couple of months later I purchased my second plant because I had to buy a planting pot and some planting soil to re-pot my first plant. What I am hoping to start with this indoor garden is possible a better garden in the near future and hopefully more plants will soon be added to my indoor garden. Plus, I am looking to start growing flowers from the bulbs and other plants from the seed.”
A call to all university students in Chicago:
We will be hosting a meeting at Columbia College this Sunday to discuss a joint effort with students across the nation to DIVEST their campuses from the FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY.
If you are a student from any school or university in Chicago, please feel free to join students from
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Chicago
This Sunday Dec 9 from 3-4PM at:
624 S Michigan Ave, room 1306.
Following will be a 30minute CYCC meeting if you would like to be more involved in our other campaigns.
There will be a city council hearing on community energy choice (aggregation) tomorrow! Come out and show your support for zero coal, increased renewables!
Where: City Hall
When: Wednesday December 5
9:30-10AM- Press Conference
10AM- Committee Hearing
Who: Clean Power Coalition & YOU
Email if you have any questions.
Hope to see you tomorrow!
The sun shined smiled down on us like the baby faced sun from the teletubbies……
The point is, it was a beautiful day in Chicago. Hardly a day to be spent indoors but for Virgina Baker, Tina Verilli, and myself it was a day well spent inside the UIC student center. Our reason for being here was the Great Lakes Bioneers Conference, a three day event with speakers from around the world giving presentations and workshops about how to intersect the environment with our daily lives and be better citizens of the Earth. The conference was being put together in part by our friends from the Eco-Justice Collaborative (EJC) who asked CYCC to run two of these sessions on Friday.
One of a myriad of amazing main-stage speakers scheduled to appear that day was the author and activist Bill McKibben. Our role was to facilitate a Q:A and discussion following his presentation about the state of the environment and engaging in activism in Chicago. As it turns out, the aftermath of hurricane Sandy was making waves across the nation and Bill was forced to cancel his engagement. In his place a video of him speaking at a different Bioneers conference was screened. Even in video the man had a powerful effect on the audience. After then a glowing introduction from Pam Richert of EJC Virginia and I hit the stage. The questions thrown at us were not easy at all; they ranged from questions about energy development and research, the value and role of activism, and mobilizing constituents. But we were able to answer all the questions satisfactorily. I was told afterwards it looked like we had prepped for hours, a testament to our awesomeness since we hadn’t spent any time preparing before we went on.
Tina arrived shortly afterwards and our trio headed to a separate room for the workshop we were about to run about one of the most powerful organizing tools, one-on-ones. We had spent a decent amount of time preparing and were all very excited. It also seemed very appropriate that the recently shut down Fisk coal plant was visible from our window. While somewhat under attended, together we delivered a strong training and managed to meet and network with some new students.
Not long after our workshop Virginia departed while Tina and I stuck around for the reception at the end. It was more or less a wonderful light hearted networking session with presenters from throughout the day. Delicious snacks and drinks with some great local performers made the night complete. At the end of the day though, my favorite part was the hoedown we got going when the folk band started heating up. There’s nothing quite like busting a move in your formal attire.
Learn effective messaging and ways to talk to the media.
Facilitated by: Kady from the Sierra Club
Location: Sierra Club office- 70 E Lake St.
Time: Friday, November 30, 5-7:30PM
If you would like to join please contact us!
For more information about training workshops click here.