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.
What is the climate threat?
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
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.
The faculty also passed this resolution at its October 20, 2017 meeting.
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.
Visit Sustainable Brandeis to learn more about opportunities to help green our campus!
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.
3. Learn more and educate others.
Brandeis programs include:
Other educational resources:
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Press Release (Oct 8, 2018).
Fourth National Climate Assessment (published Nov. 23, 2018).
Bill McKibben: “How Extreme Weather is Shrinking the Planet” In: The New Yorker (11/26/2018).
Arabella Advisors: The Global Fossil Fuel Divestment and Clean Energy Investment Movement (2018 Report).
Jeremy Grantham The Mythical Peril of Divesting from Fossil fuels.