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I'm normally the most earnest and sedate of Twitterers but I have to say: today was one of the most ebullient days in all the years I've been in the climate fight.
#1 First and foremost, of course, was watching youth activists from around the country join Greta in Congress
These young leaders are so great. And since I've done this a few times, I can tell you that the buzz building for Friday's climate strikes is immense. It's going to be the biggest day of climate action the planet has ever seen
(Special shoutout to my 350.org colleagues around the planet who are working hard, often behind the scenes. They're providing much of the connective tissue that will make Friday such an astonishing day)
#2, was very happy that the New Yorker published my summer's work today; I think, perhaps conceitedly, that it's the most useful thing I've written in a long while, and makes me feel like we have some new lines on the roadmap of the movement going forward
And #3, the gobsmacking news that the many years of campaigning by students, faculty and alumni of the Univ of California system had paid off with a total and immediate divestment of their $80 billion endowment and pension fund.
You know who's not enjoying that news? The presidents of Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UMich, and the many many many other schools that have refused to divest. If the biggest system in the country has decided it must sell its oil stock, the pressure on these guys will go way up
The UC system has divested but not @swarthmore? not @AmherstCollege? Not the state systems in Florida or Vermont? California's system is the greatest public ed system on earth, with the largest investment funds. The smart money is bailing
The divestment activists all across the country deserve credit for this great day: when we put pressure on any institution, they all feel it. And everyone can take heart now--I think this will lead to many more such actions.
I just want to say such thanks to so many people who have worked so hard in so many places on so many fronts. Many of the seeds you've planted over the years are beginning to bear fruit--and usually fruit comes into season with a rush. Which is just what we need!
Amid the endless losses of climate change, we need to rejoice in the good days when we have them, and today was one of the very best. Such gratitude to y'all.
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