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Aryt Alasti

Jul 21, 2014
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Very impressive!

Ben Weilerstein

Jul 21, 2014
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Social movements make change! Way to go!

Climate Colab

Aug 5, 2014
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Judge 1: The proposal outlines the plan of divesting from fossil fuel companies as institutions (universities, government pensions, churches, etc.) and as individuals as a way to shift the fossil fuel industry away from using all of the resources it plans to.The plan has the potential for major change in that it focuses on challenging a major source of power, investments in fossil fuels, as the center of organizing individuals and institutions. The plan has already made progress in some institutions. The method for organizing to divest is not as explicit in the proposal as it could be, but the focus and theory of change are very clear and persuasive. Judge 2: This proposal looks like what 350.org is doing. What will these proposers do that is any different? And how will they accomplish their goal of getting institutions to divest. I am missing something here. Fellows: How does your proposal differ from and complement other work in the divestment movement?

Ajay Revels

Aug 13, 2014
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in addition to 350.org, http://www.confluencephilanthropy.org and others are running on-going divestment campaigns.

Victor Blanco

Aug 26, 2014
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I wish you the best! Please, check my proposal in Waste Management Contest, named "REACC: Recycled Debris for Adaptation to Climate Change"; and I would apreciate your support as I supported your proposal.

Hemant Wagh

Aug 27, 2014
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Till the time the fossil fuel industries continue to generate & distribute profits they will be continually invested in. How to make them unprofitable without using unfair means? Your proposal to ignite fire 'beneath the young, well informed and capable citizens' is welcome. But what about those who are not so! the great majority of world population. How to involve the world population into this activity?

Aryt Alasti

Aug 27, 2014
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Those who have the "fire lit beneath them" will have to work to communicate to the uninformed and disempowered citizens of the world about the reality of the future we're facing, and how to become capable in helping to change the course we're on. Divestment is the best initial way to build momentum in that educational process. Although divestment cannot render fossil-fuel companies unprofitable, they may well make themselves so, if they continue with current practices. These companies have four options as to how they may proceed. If they persist with business as usual, and the world community does not take steps to ensure that most of their holdings remain in the ground, then their facilitation of ruinous carbon emissions will have catastrophic consequences, with costs such that ultimately the value of their reserves will be the least of anyone's concerns. If they continue with practices unchanged, and regulatory steps are taken to ensure that a significant percentage of their assets remain "stranded," then stock values and profits will plunge. The public companies could continue to buy back stock at the current pace, become private, and wind themselves down as the world converts to renewables (the alternative to this being to become private and continuing with the same mode of operating, in which case descendants of owners and perhaps their consciences would suffer consequences, and/or governments would take action against them). Lastly, they could commit to conversion of business focus to renewable energies, partnering with the rest of humanity to ensure that we have a sustainable future - an unlikely outcome, the way things are going.

Jan Kunnas

Aug 27, 2014
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There is already a strong divestment campaign ongoing in universities, with impressive results, as I list in my proposal: https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300701/planId/1308202 How can we build a stronger and wider divestment campaign out of that?

Hemant Wagh

Aug 28, 2014
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Alternative fuel/energy options that are affordable and convenient to world populace is in my opinion the real way out. Could we include it, push it propagate it, help subsidize it, give incentives for those who propagate it and also to those who use it and lastly, but not the least, make it genuinely cheaper and convenient for the end users! About the " Lastly, they could commit to conversion of business focus to renewable energies, partnering with the rest of humanity to ensure that we have a sustainable future - an unlikely outcome, the way things are going.";the "Swami Vivekananda Fruits-Trees Expansion Mission" will be able to help us by enhancing,strengthening the the attitudes necessary for this unlikely outcome to become a 'likely outcome'.

Climate Colab

Sep 3, 2014
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This proposal has been selected to advance to the Finalist round. Best of luck during the voting period!

Osero Shadrack Tengeya

Sep 17, 2014
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Hi Fossil free MIT and your friends, kindly consider voting for my proposal shown on this link. https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300206/planId/1002 Thanks.

Anne-marie Soulsby

Sep 23, 2014
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Hi Fossil Free MIT, Please consider voting for my proposal, https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300801/planId/1309001 Good luck with your entry! Asante/Thank-you @conserveaction

Francis Van Staa

Sep 25, 2014
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Major obstacle in Divestment? of the ± 22 TRILLION in *known* fossil fuel deposits, fully 75% is NOT owned by publicly traded companies.... Divestment will never touch them. It's a start... There are a few more steps that could/should be taken: - no more State subsidies and or (tax) freebies for fossil fuels that will cost us dearly later on - a stop on ALL exploration for new fossil fuels; Yearly cost ± US$ 650 Billion! We have too much already! - a (worldwide) panel to evaluate/(dis-)approve any fossil fuel project and/or infrastructure; for instance now we're trying to make poor countries the newest addicts to outdated technology, claiming "energy poverty".. as if we cared!? Why invest huge sums in facilitating the use of the very dirtiest of fossil fuels?

Victor Blanco

Oct 4, 2014
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Congratulations!!! Please check the "Discusion Section" in the "Community" label... Proposal of activity during the Conference Session of 2014 Winners... https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/discussion#discussion%3DpageType%3ATHREAD%2CthreadId%3A1337218