Here are resources we recommend for planning Fossil Fuel Divestment Day!
Acknowledgement of Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Land
- Interactive map of native lands from Native Land Digital
- Download a guide to land acknowledgement from the Department of Arts and Culture
Keep in mind that these resources are by no means perfect or universal. Whenever possible, reach out to indigenous groups in your area to consult them about the history of the land and how they would best like to be acknowledged.
Anti-Oppression in Movement Work
- "Definitions of Racism" by Keith Lawrence and Terry Keleher
- "The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture" from Showing Up For Racial Justice
- Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene Carruthers (see Chapter 4 for information about Principled Struggle)
- Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex from Indigenous Action Media
- Summary of the purpose and principles of Popular Education from Practicing Freedom
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
This model was found on Blogal Views and is adapted from "Educating for a Change" (Arnold et al.)
Principles That Inspire Us
- Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing
- Bali Principles of Climate Justice
- Uprooted and Rising Principles
- Public speaking workshop presentation from Divest Smith College
Writing an Op-Ed
What is Fossil Fuel Divestment?
This 2-page overview of fossil fuel divestment is good language for providing to administrators, trustees, funders, etc.
Planning Your Campaign
Building Your Base
A guide on recruitment with ideas for recruiting on college campuses.
What happens after an action? This guide will give you tips on how to keep the momentum going after a protest. (Excerpt from the How to Run a Divestment Campaign guide)
This graphical Google Slides presentation was intended for groups participating in the global Rise for Climate actions in Sep. 2018, but it is also useful for divestment campaigns in terms of understanding how to plan for absorption after a large action.
Climate Justice and Intersectionality
Compilation of articles and resources for the importance of anti-racism in the climate movement and tips for how to move toward being more anti-racist in our campaigns. This is a key resource for campaigns!
Link to download a zine that gives an overview of climate justice and movement organizing concepts.
A must-read article written shortly after the murder of Michael Brown in 2014 about the intersection of racism and climate change, the racist history of environmental injustice, and the need for the climate movement to be in solidarity with movements for racial justice.
This framework comes from Movement Generation's zine, "From Banks and Tanks to Cooperation and Caring." You can download the zine at the link above. You can learn more about this Just Transition Model at Climate Justice Alliance's website.
Divestment & Endowment Finance
The most common anti-divestment arguments made by universities and counterarguments to combat them.
Need to know the size of your school's endowment? Here is a table of up-to-date values for top 785 college endowments.
Why fossil fuel divestment is more effective than shareholder engagement.
Compilation of useful articles, papers, and answers that explain the financial argument for divestment. This is a key resource for campaigns!
Scroll-through infographic that lays out the key financial arguments for divestment.
This guide gives you answers for the common questions and misconceptions from administrators and trustees about divestment, including "Is divestment risky, and will we lose money by divesting?" and "It’s not up to us, our money is managed by asset managers and consultants."
This 52-page report from July 2018 is one of the best, most concise articulations of the financial argument for divestment out there. It can be provided as is to your trustees. Click here for more in-depth reports on energy economics from IEEFA.
This 28-page report from September 2018 provides an overview of the movement and its growing impact. It can be a strong appendix text to any divestment proposal.
This 4-page handout gives an overview of how a college endowment is generally structured and managed.
Covers the key issues related to creating an intentionally designed endowment, including case studies of intentionally designed campus endowments and campuses who have divested (e.g. San Francisco State, University of Dayton, etc.).
This resource explains the outsized role that investment consultants like Cambridge Associates play in a divestment decision. It draws on research from this paper called "Picking Winners." You can read more about consultants in this case study on Seattle pension fund divestment.
Sample Handouts & Presentations
Example slideshow of presenting Divestment.
Fast facts about the harm being inflicted on the environment.
Sample Reports & Proposals to Trustees
If you need help drafting a letter to faculty or other people in power and university this guide comes with tips and a template for a letter.
A sample letter of an NYU professor that asked the university to stop investing in fossil fuels.
In-depth guide to the history, structure, and resources of the Divestment Student Network.
A report of local community reinvestment funds in New England compiled by Boston area student divestment organizers. The report is able to presented to trustees and stakeholders when discussing reinvestment options.
Learn about how to invest funds in a environmentally conscious way that grows community and energy efficiency.
Read about how successful reinvestment campaigns in campuses have been and the student leaders that helped these groups become so successful.
A resource explaining how responsible community investing can actually have higher returns that extractive, global investments.
Google Drive containing many of the above resources and more!
A free-to-use/share spreadsheet of resources including recurring training & webinar programs, fellowship opportunities, and downloadable training materials.
A free-to-use/share spreadsheet of resources specifically about anti-oppression curriculum.
A public and free-to-use/share Google Calendar of trainings, webinars, conferences, and actions.
An essential resource for training and workshop tools on strategy, base-building, facilitation, etc. as well as online skill-ups.
Huge resource bank from articles to curriculum to maps on topics related to new economies, such as worker co-ops, divestment, reinvestment, economics justice, etc.