This past weekend Unity College students rallied alongside the approximate 1,200 students who traveled from 100 colleges and universities throughout the nation to attend XL Dissent.
Wells Conference Center
Saturday February 1st 2:00-5:00pm
Departure time: 12:45pm
- Garth Lenz: International award winning photojournalist.
- Eriel Deranger: Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations (ACFN) Communities Coordinator.
- Sherri Mitchell: Executive Director of the Land Peace Foundation and Indigenous rights attorney. She will discuss the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), an international trade agreement, and how it is able to threaten local land use ordinances.
Visit this event on the 350.org website: http://www.350maine.org/tar_sands_speakers_tour
Please e-mail by Thursday January 30th if you would like to attend!
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Nearly three years after they committed to do so, the Obama administration is installing solar panels on the White House this week. The administration knows that this is an important symbol to an America desperate for climate leadership. In fact, we told them that in person when a crew of Unity College students teamed up with Bill McKibben and 350.org to launch an epic solar road trip from Unity College to Washington in 2010. Along the way, we rallied the troops in Boston, New York, and DC, before delivering a petition of over 40,000 signatures to the White House Council on Environmental Quality with a simple message for Obama: put solar back on the White House and show real leadership on meaningful climate policy.
Since 1991, Unity College has been the proud steward of the solar hot water panels that were installed on the White House roof by the Jimmy Carter administration in 1979. Those panels were removed during the Reagan administration in 1986 and languished in government storage until Unity’s Peter Marbach secured them and brought them to Unity College. Sixteen of those panels heated water on our own cafeteria roof for over twelve years and many others have been restored by energy lab students and Professor Mick Womersley for museum loan and public display.
Two of those restored panels were featured in the 2010 documentary A Road Not Taken, which followed Unity College (now) alums Sara Trunzo and Jason Reynolds on a solar road trip of their own. The film — by Swiss artists Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller — uses the delivery of those panels to the National History Museum in DC and the Carter Center in Atlanta to explore the unrealized hope for a renewable American energy future.
This current White House solar installation brings us closer to that future. Symbols are important, and solar on the White House is a stirring symbol of climate commitment from the top. May this public statement and the President’s full Climate Action Plan portend even bolder climate leadership to come; our students demand and deserve no less. Thank you, Mr. President, for heeding their call.
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The fall 2013 issue of our Unity Magazine focuses on Unity’s leadership in the divestment movement from a wide range of perspectives. The magazine includes articles from guest writers Bill McKibben of 350.org and Dan Apfel of the Responsible Endowments Coalition. Read on.
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Unity College students are teaming up with our friends at 350 Maine to host this Sunday’s “Strategy Session” and 350.org webcast. Join our crew in Higgins Wing 210 at 7pm.
Can’t join us at Unity? Search for a session near you on 35o.org’s website:
On March 10th at 7pm EST / 4pm PST, we’ll host a video chat with Bill Mckibben and 350 organizers, which will cover the current political landscape and some ideas for what’s coming next for the climate movement. Afterwards there will be time for discussions with your group about your plans — generating new ideas, or making existing ideas better.
After, we’ll ask you to submit your ideas, and the following week we’ll have a national conference call to report back on what everyone discussed, so we can build our plans together, and learn from each other.