Welcome back! We are so excited to kick off what we know is about to be an action-packed spring semester. Some of our goals for this semester are to gain momentum with the Divest Harvard campaign, culminating in a week long event called Heat Week that will raise awareness about climate justice issues and create pressure for Harvard to divest, and to launch the Sweet Injustice project funded by the Office for Sustainability to educate the community about the injustices within the sugar industry. We also are working on creating and environmental justice coalition on campus, bringing together both environmental and social justice organizations. We plan to host social events that foster discussion, creativity, and fun, including mixers, a poetry night, and an interfaith event. If you are interested in getting involved, feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com, or come to one of the events happening in the next two weeks:
Looking forward to a HUEJ semester!!
It's 2019, and we're excited to get this year started! First, we'd like to recap all the great and powerful things that we achieved this past semester. Together, we:
As the year starts off, we'd like to let you all know some of our events planned for the beginning of the semester at Harvard:
1) HUEJ Info Session -
2) Art Build - Saturday 2/1 - Location: TBA - RSVP here.
An open social event where we will create a large banner and other posters for this semester's campaigns. Come, meet other environmentally minded people, and FEAST on provided snacks!
3) Green New Deal Watch Party - Tuesday 2/5 - Location:
4) 3-Day Land Under Siege Event - Thursday 2/7-Saturday 2/9 - Location:TBA - RSVP here.
Want to learn more about the Divest Harvard movement? Come to our 3-part orientation series to meet our team, learn our strategy, and take DIRECT ACTION! We ask for you to attend whether you want to be actively involved, want to hold a role, or are just interested! This will include a teach-in, a direct action event on 2/8 from 3:30-5:30pm, and training for this semester's plans!
As exciting news for the week, HUEJ was provisionally approved as a recognized student organization by the Undergraduate Council! We will be celebrating soon, so look out for an email :) In the meantime, we have been very active with educational outreach and the divest campaign.
This Sunday, HUEJ partnered with the Harvard Association for U.S. - China Relations (HAUSCR) to lead a workshop for over 40 Chinese exchange students that related the concept of a liberal arts education to the environment. Educational Outreach Co-Chairs, Ana Luiza Nicolae '22 and Josh Stern '21, developed and taught a curriculum that facilitated conversation around the topics of agriculture and carbon sequestration. Students were presented with information on each topic, developed solutions to environmental and social challenges as a team, and then debated their ideas with another group of students. It was a pleasure working with HAUSCR and these students, and we are looking forward to leading another workshop soon, as well as partnering with the organization again in the future. If you are interested in facilitating one of these workshops or helping develop the curriculum, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Following the submission of an Undergraduate Council referendum calling the university to divest its $37.1 billion endowment from holdings in the fossil fuel industry, HUEJ members recruited signatures from their fellow undergraduate peers this week. We will keep you updated with the initiative! For more information, read our very own Ilana Cohen's (Secretary) article "Reviving Divestment" in the Harvard Political Review.
During our meeting on Saturday from 5-6pm, we finalized curriculum for the HAUSCR workshop, continued planning for the divest campaign, reviewed ideas for Green Orientation initiative, discussed our upcoming documentary screening, and more. On the agenda for divest, we have two important dates coming up:
Finally, Harvard is hosting the Climate, Biodiversity, and Survival: Listening to the Voices of Nature conference all day on 11/17 and 11/18 in the Geological Museum Lecture Hall (100). This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from leaders in the environmental field and discuss global solutions with fellow environmentalists. Register here - tickets for students are only $15! See everyone at our HUEJ meeting next week from 5-6pm in Lowell Inn 2nd Floor Pechet Room!
This week, HUEJ submitted an Undergraduate Council referendum calling the university to divest its $37.1 billion endowment from holdings in the fossil fuel industry and display the moral leadership at the heart of its "veritas" motto. Please sign the petition here to support the referendum, and tell your friends - we need over 600 signatures by Tuesday! Throughout this week, HUEJ members have been engaging our peers, mainly through emailing and tabling, to raise awareness and support around the divestment campaign. You can join in by emailing your house using this template, asking people in person to sign here, and texting the link to your friends:https://docs.google.com/forms/u/1/d/1vi4-Ue7sIvLV5IiShl9QizOqdqzlK17x-i1CW4n14iI/viewform?edit_requested=truehttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vi4-Ue7sIvLV5IiShl9QizOqdqzlK17x-i1CW4n14iI/viewform?edit_requested%3Dtrue
The Ver-EAT!-tas food sustainability initiative has also been launched by a collaboration between the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund, and Harvard University Dining Services. Menu tags have been posted in each dining hall that display the relative environmental impact of a given dish. The project hopes to raise awareness and inform decisions about food consumption around the issues of sustainable diets that “promote human health, food security, social justice, cultural diversity, and environmental and economic well-being for present and future generations.”
During our meeting on Saturday from 5-6pm, we assigned projects and set deadlines for the divest campaign, reviewed ideas for Green Orientation initiative, discussed our upcoming documentary screening, and more. We have begun power mapping, researching Harvard’s current fossil fuel investments, and researching renewable reinvestment potential in the divest task force. For educational outreach, we have drafted a survey to understand quantitatively the need for environmental education on campus. This data will serve an important function in showing Harvard that it is time each student be required to learn about environmental issues humanity is facing today. Our next steps will be to bring together a coalition of students and faculty supporting Green Orientation and discuss educational options with the administration. If you would like to take part in these projects, join a committee or reach out at email@example.com.
Midterm election are this coming week 11/6, so remember to VOTE if you have not done so! Use our voter-guide to check out the eleven ballot measures across nine states that include environmental initiatives.
See everyone at meeting next week from 5-6pm in Lowell Inn 2nd Floor Pechet Room!
HUEJ started off this past week with a fun baking and poster-making night on Tuesday! We cooked brownies, pieced together a Halloween-themed gingerbread house, and designed our HUEJ poster. We then traveled to the Harvard Democrats Action Party, where we presented about the current goals and initiatives our club is undertaking. We encouraged everyone at the meeting to participate in two action items, 1) telling your representatives to say no to fossil fuel money and 2) telling the Trump administration you care about clean energy.
On Wednesday and Thursday, our Political Action Co-Chairs and Social Co-Chairs helped organize flyering sessions in the Science Center. The flyers contained information regarding the eleven ballot measures across the country that include environmental initiatives. We encouraged people to vote and to join our club!
During our meeting on Saturday from 5:30-6:30pm, we discussed more activities to come, such as beginning research projects for divest, creating a speaker series, developing a curriculum for HPIE (Harvard Program for International Education), bringing people together to support the green orientation initiative, and more. If you would like to join in planning these events, join a committee or reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. We then conducted a phone-banking session for Congressional candidate Jess King, who has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. Finally, we encouraged everyone to write a public comment on the environmentally unconscious Affordable Clean Energy Rule. Follow these steps today, as the comments are due October 31st!