To the Editors:

Last Friday, over 200 students gathered in David Saul Smith Union to reflect on experiences of fellow students and how they relate to five themes of justice, ranging from race to climate. Bowdoin Climate Action (BCA) reiterated its call for divestment and requested the appointment of a trustee as divestment liaison to the student body.

Since BCA met with the Board of Trustees in October, there have been 126 days of silence. In that time seven schools have committed to some form of fossil fuel divestment. Appointing a liaison is the next step towards Bowdoin becoming a leader for climate justice. Bowdoin must choose between the fossil fuel industry and climate justice. Whose side are you on?

Divestment is the tactic, but climate justice is the goal. It’s about more than carbon—it’s about a common fight against larger systems of oppression. The Meeting in the Union was just the first step, and we hope those interested in continuing this conversation will join us. 

We invite everyone to the Polar Bear outside the Union every day at 4 p.m. for the climate justice minute to reflect on issues of climate justice and remind the Bowdoin community of the continued silence from our administration.

Julia Berkman-Hill ’17