Op Ed originally published at The Johns Hopkins Newsletter
April 25, 2019 by Elly Ren
On Earth Day, University President Ronald J. Daniels made a few exciting announcements. The University has purchased solar offsets for two-thirds of our energy consumption, created the Sustainability Leadership Council and appointed a new director for our small and underfunded Office of Sustainability.
Overall this is a huge victory for the thousands of Hopkins students that have demanded that the University take climate action, especially since Daniels signed the White House Act on Climate Pledge in 2015. Administrators themselves have acknowledged that these changes were a direct response to pressure from Refuel Our Future, the climate action and fossil fuel divestment group on campus.
Since last fall we have been receiving guidance from the national organization Divest Ed, which is “a training and strategy hub working to resource, vitalize, and broaden the fossil fuel divestment movement.” As a result we are connected with fossil fuel divestment campaigns all around the nation and constantly sharing advice, strategies and tactics in order to be the most effective we can be.