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Whitman Alumni Find Environmentalist Views Evolving

Whitman Alumni Find Environmentalist Views Evolving

Sam Chapman

May 13, 2013

At Whitman, ideals are one thing you can always count on finding somewhere. There is no shortage of people who believe strongly in something––in the end of rape culture, the abolition of modern slavery, the inadvisability of GM crops––and assert that the only way to get it is to fight for it. This...

Encounters Classes Given Lesson in Activism

Encounters Classes Given Lesson in Activism

Lachlan Johnson

May 2, 2013

On Monday, April 29, over 200 members of the Whitman and Walla Walla community came together amidst cries of "Now is the time!" In honor of nationally renowned environmental activist and author Bill McKibben's campus visit, member of Whitman's Campus Climate Challenge organized a march around campus and collected petition si...

Divestment March Turns Up Heat

Lachlan Johnson

April 30, 2013

After listening to a speech by founder of the 350.org organization Bill McKibben, over 200 members of the Whitman community marched around campus chanting slogans in favor of divesting the college's endowment from fossil fuels. The largest event held so far by Whitman's divestment movement, the march...

Letter to the Editor: Whitman Must Be Accountable on Climate Change

April 18, 2013

I have joined a campaign at my college to call for our endowment to be divested from the companies with the largest reserves of fossil fuels. We call for divestment in solidarity with people on the front lines of extreme resource extraction (like mountaintop-removal coal mining and fracking) and victims...

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Sam Chapman

February 14, 2013

On March 15, 1986, Whitman's Board of Trustees voted on a divestment proposal for the first time. Students and faculty had both submitted resolutions urging the Board to remove companies from the college's portfolio that did business in apartheid-ridden South Africa; student activists went so far as to build...

Students, faculty gather to urge divestment from fossil fuels

Students, faculty gather to urge divestment from fossil fuels

Rachel Alexander

January 29, 2013

Approximately 70 Whitman students and faculty gathered on the steps of Memorial earlier this evening to ask Whitman to divest from fossil fuels. "Our thought is that by divesting from these companies is we can destabilize the social support for fossil fuels and invest in other sustainable forms of energy," said junior Claire Meints...

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