On February 7th, students from the group Fossil Free Reed met with the Board of Trustees, presenting the case that fossil fuel investments run counter to the values that Reed espouses. In reply, the Board promised to give consideration to their proposal, as reported in the Portland Tribune.
While the news about climate change can be really unsettling, working together to make a difference can be inspiring, and even fun.
It started with Dylan Beckett, a third grader in Portland. “I was hearing scary things on the news that made me worry about the planet,” explains Dylan “I felt like I really wanted to do something.” After doing some of his own research, Dylan approached us and asked if he and a group of schoolmates he recruited could organize an event to support our climate work. Read more
[Our own Bonnie McKinlay spoke recently at a rally to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an international trade agreement that could be approved by Congress without any public debate. If you’re not familiar, Bonnie’s words are are great introduction to what’s at stake.]
I’m here to talk about climate and TPP.
To speak on climate I would review the most recent information — latest science, latest fossil fuel extraction plans, on-going droughts… species loss.
To speak on TPP’s effects on climate, what’s to review? Most of the contents of the TransPacific Partnership are secret. Eleven nations and the U.S. Congress are asked to sign a secret trade agreement that they are not permitted to share with their constituents. This eliminates any opportunity to voice our views on the specifics of the trade pact. The TTP is so secret that our elected representatives must approach it without recording devices of any kind, including paper and pencil. They are permitted no open debate on the TPP. However, 600 corporate representatives, such as Monsanto and the American Petroleum Institute, have full access to the document. We don’t know much about the TPP. What we do know comes from WikiLeaks and the disastrous history of NAFTA. Read more