On a snowy February day about three-and-a-half years ago, Macalester students gathered in Weyerhaeuser Chapel to hear Bill McKibben speak about winter and climate change, and to deliver a call to action. We remember this day well. It was our first year at Macalester, and the chapel was packed with students eager to be inspired….
In an otherwise stagnant national and international discourse on climate change, there has been a groundswell of grassroots student action to push the conversation in new directions. Last Tuesday, Fossil Free Mac (one of over 300 similar student coalitions across the country) proposed a resolution to our student government that calls upon Macalester College and the Social Responsibility Committee “to initiate a process to explore socially and fiscally responsible divestment from the fossil fuel industry.”