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!