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

Arrugula

first_imgArrugula (Eruca sativa Mill) is one of the “designer” greens that has beenaround for centuries and is coming back into vogue with the salad crowd.Known as roquette, rocket, garden rocket and rocket salad in America, arrugula is alsocalled white pepper in England.The name “rocket” derives from the French “roquette,” a diminutiveform of the Latin “eruca.” While it was most commonly known as roquette for manyyears, the term “arrugula” appears more often now.Arrugula is a low-growing (8 to 24 inches) annual with dull green, deeply cut, compoundleaves. The edible leaves have a distinctive spicy, pungent flavor resembling horseradish.The plant belongs to the Cruciferae family and is a close relative of the mustards. Itszesty leaves are used in a young, tender stage in salads and sometimes cooked as apotherb.Early writers called arrugula “a good salad herb, but it should not be eatenalone.” Ancient Egyptians and Romans both thought the leaves in salads to be anaphrodisiac.Arrugula seems to do quite well in some U.S. home vegetable gardens. Seed companycatalogs often list the seed, usually as roquette under the category of herbs.In Georgia, arrugula is best grown as a cool-season vegetable during the same season asradishes: fall, winter and spring. It matures from seed in two to three months. Very warmtemperatures cause it to bolt (go to seed) rather quickly.In the garden, thin seedling plants to three to four inches apart in rows 12 inchesapart. Fertilize and follow recommended practices for commonly grown vegetables. Few pestsbother roquette, perhaps because of its pungency.Harvest the leaves a few at a time, so others will continue to sprout from the mainstalk. Use the leaves when they’re young and tender.last_img read more

Pearson won’t get carried away

first_img Press Association The Foxes are only in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone on goal difference after their deserved 2-0 win over Swansea. Leonardo Ulloa and Andy King struck to clinch a third straight win for the Foxes – the first time they have won three in a row in the top flight for 15 years. A three-goal victory would have seen them escape the drop zone but they climbed off the foot of the table and are level on points with 17th-placed Hull. Pearson said: “We’ve given ourselves a more realistic chance, we have six games left, four at home and we have to perform well in those games to retain our status. “The danger is people get carried away. We are still in a difficult situation and we have to make sure our fate remains in our own hands as long as possible. “The Premier League is a really big ask, mentally and physically, and we have performed well for the most part, we’ve had to to win three games on the trot. Ultimately the performance warranted the result.” Ulloa, who was initially named on the bench, was a late replacement for David Nugent after the former England striker injured his calf in the warm-up. It was his first league strike since Boxing Day and Pearson praised the 10-goal forward after his swift impact. He added: “The situation we’re in demands everyone is switched on and tuned in to what we’re trying to do. The players have to put to one side their own personal world for the good of the group. “Leo has had a really good season for us, I’d like him to score goals but as long as he achieves what we set out to achieve I’m not too bothered. “We can’t afford for players to pace themselves, we need them playing flat out.” Swansea were poor and rarely looked like recovering from Ulloa’s 15th-minute opener aside from a brief period after the break. Nelson Oliveira was denied by Kasper Schmeichel and Jonjo Shelvey tested the keeper but defeat kept them eighth after Lukasz Fabianski spilled Esteban Cambiasso’s free-kick for King to score in the final minute. Boss Garry Monk felt Oliveira was too honest when he stayed on his feet after a challenge from Robert Huth before being thwarted by Schmeichel. “The defender made a rash challenge and had he gone down it would have been a penalty and a red card which would have changed the game,” he said. “He stayed on his feet but I’m more disappointed we didn’t finish the chance. It would have changed the atmosphere but credit to Leicester, they fought hard.” Swansea are aiming to set a record points total in the Premier League by beating their current total of 47 but Monk felt his men were out-battled as they struggled to match Leicester’s intensity. He said: “I felt the first half was where we really lost the game, especially in the first 20 minutes. “We probably got outfought. We explained to the players that first 20 minutes was always going to be crucial. “The players’ effort and commitment is fantastic but we weren’t quite at our best. This one defeat won’t define our season.” Boss Nigel Pearson insisted Leicester will remain grounded despite moving off the bottom for the first time since November.last_img read more