Students for a Just and Stable Future (SJSF) is a regional activist organization focused on environmental responsibility and social justice. SJSF fights global warming and social injustice through political activism and grassroots movement. In the past, we have written and introduced bills to the Massachusetts State Legislature that demand clean energy and the abolition of coal, campaigned against fossil fuel infrastructure, such as the Keystone XL pipeline, and organized non-violent direct action against international fossil fuels. SJSF echoes the principles of its sister organizations, 350.org and the Better Future Project.
SJSF at WPI
The WPI chapter of SJSF began in October 2009 as the only environmental justice group on campus. Over the years, SJSF at WPI has been active at climate change sleepouts in support of clean energy bills in state legislature. In 2011, SJSF spearheaded a campaign against the commencement speaker Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil. After negotiations with senior administration, an Alternative Commencement was organized featuring Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute. We are particularly proud of our commencement action for two reasons. First, it has changed the honorary degree selection process to have some input from the students who will be represented by them. Second, we demonstrated to Rex Tillerson that his moments of unquestioned riches are truly over. Bill McKibben writes, “There’s not a more reckless man on the planet than Tillerson.” See the “Why Divest?” page for more.
SJSF has held a presence on campus by hosting a Climate Change Art show featuring Franke James and doing apartment weatherization events. We have also organized the WPI Sustainability Alliance, a network of alumni who are dedicated to the sustainability efforts on campus.
This year, SJSF at WPI will focus on the Divestment campaign. We want to see our school be one of the first institutions in the world to fully divest its 300+ million dollar endowment from fossil fuels. We have an the opportunity to lead the world in what could be the most potent action of the school’s history.
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