Students Pushing Hard for Divestment:Now It’s Our Turn

I hope you’re getting your family and friends together for the climate marches this afternoon. In Missoula we’re meeting at the Higgins Street Bridge at 1 p.m. Up north of us, Glacier Climate Action is gathering folks at Lake McDonald Lodge in Glaicer Park at 1 p.m. In Bozeman, your meeting place is Lindley  Park, also at 1 p.m.

There’s one more thing for you to do this weekend if you see yourself as an activist in the climate movement.

University of Montana students rallied, spoke out, sat in, and got arrested this past week, trying to push the University of Montana Foundation to divest its fossil fuels investments. Rousing speeches by students and professors Steve Running and George Price highlighted the protests. More than 130 people sat in the Foundation’s office yesterday, and police arrested eight students and community members.

It makes sense as our climate passes more tipping points. Here’s some background information:

docs.google.com/document/d/16iNYDboEIBLFSxLoYw9ZkMIURkmUHZ631DojVgBVOYA/mobilebasic

One of the leaders of ReInvest Montana, Caitlin Piserchia, says calling or writing UM’s Interim President, Sheila Stearns, and the Foundation will make a big difference. Stearns has talked with the students and is keeping close track of community support on the issue. Go here:

docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdxj3sNSFIGr5lg2NosStRkbclzgkOo-zGdoPNzQjAp1bCDdg/viewform

To contact the Foundation, go here:

www.supportum.org/aboutus/contactus/

Thank you for taking time out of your life and getting involved.

Jeff Smith, co-chair, 350 Montana