Climate Justice Symposium

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $4,000

Letter of Intent:

Greetings UW Campus Sustainability Fund Committee, 

We are Institutional Climate Action (ICA), an interprofessional, student-led coalition from many of the state-funded higher education institutions in Puget Sound including University of Washington campuses, Seattle Colleges, and Bellevue College. As a unified coalition, we aim to catalyze a regional model for higher education institutions to address the climate crisis by divesting from fossil fuels and becoming carbon neutral as soon as possible. Educational institutions should be at the forefront of taking action against rapid climate change. Just as the University of Washington holds itself “...to the highest standards of ethics, as a beacon for [the] community and the world,” we hope that the University will also be a leader in addressing climate change in actionable and measurable ways. 

We are asking our institutions to completely divest all endowments and pensions from fossil fuels holdings, and establish an Environmental Social Governance (ESG) investment strategy that reinvests 5% toward the just transition to clean energy and a carbon-free economy. In doing so, our institutions will join fellow leaders including the University of California system, Seattle University, Syracuse University, University of Maryland, University of Hawaii, University of Dayton and over 30 other US universities and colleges, to fully and/or rapidly divest from fossil fuels. 

 To accomplish our goals in an inclusive and just manner, we must connect with and educate the UW community about the importance of climate action and the necessity of divestment. Thus, we propose a Climate Action Festival at UW Seattle at the end of March 2020, one month ahead of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22nd, 2020) and UW’s announcement of its new Sustainability Plan. This festival will be an opportunity for environmental justice and climate action organizations at UW and across the Sound to expand our coalition and community. The festival will include:

  • Keynote speaker on climate justice
  • Workshops including:
    • Climate Change, Adaptation, and a Just Transition
    • Building Intersectional Advocacy Coalitions
    • Climate Action 101
    • Divestment 101
    • Mental and Emotional Wellbeing Resilience in the Climate Crisis
  • Informative tabling from local climate justice organizations
  • Art builds and featured built art and music
  • Climate action-oriented games
  • Free, locally-sourced snacks on reusable or compostable dishware

Our timeline will be as follows:

January 2020

  • Finalize date for the festival
  • Rent space
  • Community outreach within and outside of UW including but not limited to:
    • ASUW and GPSS
    • Student RSO’s
    • Ethnic Cultural Center
    • Puget Sound Environmental and Climate Justice organizations
  • Book speakers and organizations for tabling and workshops
  • Book food and/or additional vendors

February

  • Advertising
  • Art builds
  • Game design

March

  • Host Climate Action Festival at UW Seattle end of March

Tentative Budget

  • Keynote speaker: $500-1,000
  • Workshop speakers: $500-700 ($100 each)
  • Space rental: $500-1,000
  • Art builds: $1,000
  • Food: $500-$1000
  • Advertising: $200
  • Total: $3200-$4900

Thank you for considering our proposal, and for this opportunity to partner with our UW community through direct climate action. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss our LOI in preparation for our full proposal and later connecting our communities through this event.

 

Sincerely,

Institutional Climate Action

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Anna Humphreys