MIT Alums join students sitting-in outside President Reif's office to protest the weak Climate Action Plan.
MIT Climate Updates
Last month MIT released its long-awaited Plan for Action on Climate Change. The Plan outlines many important steps the Institute will take to enhance climate and energy research and education. However, it falls far short of what many community members had hoped for, and what the President's advisory committee recommended in June. Students in Fossil Free MIT have responded by launching an on-going sit-in. Read our response to the report below, and learn about the other activities we're working on this fall!
The Climate Action Plan released by the MIT administration on October 21st ignores critical recommendations from the President's advisory committee and opts for an ambiguous strategy of industry engagement that lacks a theory of change and moral leadership. Read our full response here.
The Massachusetts state senate held a hearing on October 27th to discuss establishing a state-level price on carbon from sources beyond electric power generation. A number of MIT alumni provided their expertise and perspective in support of this important measure. Read about their testimony here.
Alum Quinton Zondervan reflects on climate accomplishments in the Cambridge area, and how local efforts fit into global policies. Zondervan, a founder of the Boston-based Climate Action Business Association, will attend the international climate summit, which takes place in Paris from November 30 to December 11. Read his full commentary here.
Want to go out for lunch with renowned climate scientist James Hansen? Take a climate denier tour of MIT campus? Bid now through December 11th on these and lots of other great prizes offered by Gala for the Globe. Proceeds go to the Multi-School Divestment Fund, which holds tax-deductible contributions to universities, including MIT, until they divest from fossil fuels. Read more here.
December 3rd, 7:30pm
First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, MA
630 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
Massachusetts is considering an important bill on carbon pricing, which has the potential to reduce pollution, encourage the growth of clean energy, protect our health, and keep more energy dollars here in the Commonwealth. Learn how carbon pricing works and how you can get involved! Panelists will include MIT alums Quinton Zondervan and Cathy Buckley. RSVP and more info here.