Somerville College to divest from fossil fuels

first_imgFinally, Somerville outlined how it will continue to support climate change research including hosting a conference looking at the development of sustainable agriculture in partnership with UPL in September. Image Credit: Philip Allfrey/CC BY-SA 3.0 “This announcement follows other divestment announcements this week from Cambridge including from Pembroke College Cambridge and Trinity College Cambridge. People power is turning the tide against the fossil fuel industry. But too many Oxford colleges, such as St John’s, are still investing millions in the fossil fuel industry, risking our shared future. We won’t stop campaigning until every college has committed to divest.” This forms part of a wider series of initiatives as well as a Sustainability Working Group that is comprised of representatives from Somerville including undergraduates, postgraduates, academics, and support staff who are going to be working towards helping Somerville become a “carbon-neutral college as fast as possible, but by 2050 at the very latest”.  They are also making changes to lighting, heating, managing waste, food and biodiversity across the college – from replacing the lights that expire with efficient LEDs to implementing a comprehensive waste management strategy.  The Oxford University Climate Justice Campaign responded to the news, saying: “We are incredibly pleased to mark the Fossil Free National Day of Action by announcing that, after years of campaigning, Somerville College has committed to fully divest theirendowment fund, worth just shy of £100 million, from fossil fuels by July 2021 and re-invest the income in new green investments! They have also announced that the College will aim to be carbon neutral as fast as possible, and by 2050 at the latest. “Today’s National Day of Action theme is Solidarity Across Borders. Divesting is the greatest statement Somerville can make to show its solidarity with frontline communities and Indigenous Peoples who are suffering the worst of the climate crisis. We are pleased to note that Somerville offers scholarships to refugee students. But as forced climate migrancy becomes increasingly unavoidable, it would have been hypocritical for Somerville to offer these scholarships while still invested in fossil fuel companies. We are delighted that Somerville’s stance is now more consistent and holistic. Climate justice cannot be separated from migrant justice. Somerville College has committed to fully divesting from fossil fuels by July 2021. The update on their website stated that Somerville has already divested from £400,000 of investments in coal, and from a “significant proportion of our holdings in oil and gas companies”. Their plan is to “re-invest this income in new green investments.” Somerville’s new College Climate Change Champion, Professore Renier van der Hoorn, will chair the efforts of this group. last_img read more

No. 3 Sam Houston State Wrangles No. 6 McNeese to Move On

first_img2018 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament HomepageBox Score | Photo Gallery Angela McGownd was the maestro on defense for the Cowgirls providing 27 of McNeese’s 73 digs for the match. Keegen Nelms led the McNeese squad with 15 kills. The Bearkats provided 17 blocks on the afternoon, marking the most by a Sam Houston State team since the 2009 season where they recorded 20.5 against University of Texas San Antonio. Taylor Cunningham came up with 10 blocks on her own to tie her single-game career-high. Cunningham is now the fourth Bearkat in program history to provide 10 or more blocks on multiple occasions. Set OneMcNeese hammered home 17 kills from six players in their 25-23 opening-set win over Sam Houston State. Keegan Nelms led the Cowgirls with four kills on 13 swings as McNeese hit a .233 hitting average. McGownd and Alexandra Aguilera combined for 13 of the Cowgirls 18 digs. Set ThreeThe Bearkats made quick work of the Cowgirls in the third set with a 25-14 victory that was highlighted by a .341 SHSU hitting percentage. Sam Houston State commanded respect at the net with seven blocks that limited McNeese to a .106 hitting average. Cunningham and Lewis once again headlined SHSU’s offense combining for nine of the Bearkats’ 15 kills. NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana – No. 3 Sam Houston State proved too powerful for McNeese as they outlasted the No. 6 Cowgirls 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 26-24) in Friday’s quarterfinal matchup of the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, La. Sam Houston State moves on to the semifinal round where they will face the winner of No. 2 Central Arkansas and No. 7 Northwestern State. Opening serve is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on the Southland Digital Network. Set TwoAshley Lewis and Taylor Cunningham charged the Bearkat offense as the tandem combined for eight of Sam Houston State’s 15 kills. McNeese’s McGownd attempted to divert the SHSU’s offense with nine of the Cowgirl’s 17 digs in the set. Despite McNeese’s defensive efforts, Sam Houston State improved upon their opening set to capture a .289 hitting percentage and a 25-20 win. Set FourAmanda Gooch proved to be the deciding factor for Sam Houston State recording five kills in the final set to lift the Bearkats to a 26-24 victory. Offense was level between SHSU and McNeese in the final set as each team recorded 14 kills. However, the Bearkats’ defense held strong with a trio of blocks that helped overcome the Cowgirl attack.last_img read more