Who We Are

Members of the Brandeis University Faculty who recognize that climate change poses a real threat to human life and have decided to join the Global movement aimed at minimizing this change.

Brandeis Faculty for divestment

What is the climate threat?

With over 400 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere, Earth’s average temperature has already increased by about 1 degree Celsius since the industrial age began. Scientists and politicians agree that 2 degrees Celsius is the absolute limit, but globally greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.This raises the probability of runaway feedback loops that would produce an irreversible shift to a new, hotter global climate, resulting in dramatic sea level rises, ocean acidification, devastation of coastal cities, and agricultural havoc.

Scientists have known for several decades that greenhouse gases such as CO2 and methane emitted by human activity (industry, transportation, home heating and electricity generation etc.) accumulate in the atmosphere and increase the greenhouse effect, which raises the average global temperature. As a result, arctic ice has been melting at alarming rates, sea levels are rising, and our oceans are acidifying. With over 400 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere, Earth’s average temperature has already increased by about 1 degree Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) since the industrial age began. Scientists and politicians agree that 2 degrees Celsius is the absolute limit, but globally greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. This raises the probability of runaway feedback loops that would produce an irreversible shift to a new, hotter global climate, resulting in devastation of coastal cities and agricultural havoc. The scientific evidence is overwhelming. More details under “The Science”!

What we can do

1. Divest from fossil fuels as a community.

If you are a voting faculty member at the faculty meeting, support the resolution to divest Brandeis from fossil fuels at the faculty meeting on September 15, 2017.  Read the Brandeis Fossil Fuel Divestment Faculty Petition from February 12, 2015, which has been signed by 150 faculty members.

If you are a Brandeis student, join the Brandeis Climate Justice group.

 2.Reduce our carbon footprint

Brandeis is a signatory to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.

We have a Climate Action Plan. We know what we can and must do, but at this point we are not doing enough. We need everyone on campus on board. We need people. We need resources. We need serious action beyond symbolic commitments.This is a great opportunity for us to work together as a community.

The EPA used to have a link to a carbon footprint calculator for households. The Trump administration took it down. Here are some options for carbon footprint calculators.

Carbon Footprint Calculator for kids.

3. Learn more and educate others.

Brandeis programs include:

  1. Brandeis Environmental Studies Program
  2. SID Program

Other educational resources:

Rising seas solutions.

Global warming, why be concerned.

Sea rise summary.

IEEE global warming debate.

 

 

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