I sit through my classes everyday waiting for time to creep by before I can get back to what I personally like to call “the stuff that really matters.”
Saturated in coffee and cardboard pizza, the Graduate Assembly of the University of California Berkeley (GA, basically the graduate students’ Senate) voted two-thirds majority last night in favor of UC Berkeley and UC system-wide fossil fuel divestment.
by Emili Abdel-Ghany, Fossil Free Intern at UC Davis Inspired. Connected. Informed. Supported. Reinvigorated. I can feel the revolution in the room. This weekend is a landmark for the fossil fuel divestment campaign in the UC. Representatives from Davis, Berkeley, Riverside, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles including representatives […]
This year, CSSC held its Winter Leadership Retreat at UC Santa Cruz, January 16th-20th.
The environmental justice movement has brought important dimensions of race and class to mainstream environmentalism. But what is often overlooked is how closely related the environmental justice movement is to struggles of decolonization–especially in the context of decarbonization and the global movement toward a zero-carbon economy.
I’m entering my last semester in college, beginning to think about “what I want to do with my life.” As an activist and a generally idealistic person, looking forward into this transition is exciting and confusing, as it is for most other graduating seniors I know.
Happy New Year from CSSC! 2013 was quite an exciting year. In the last 12 months, our students mobilized to divest their campus institution’s endowments from the fossil fuel industry; organized and defended their communities from fracking; and joined thousands of students in Pittsburgh, PA in pushing to stop the disproportionate impact of climate change […]
After decades of disregard, climate change is finally gaining momentum in the public sphere.
A student’s experience at a public comment hearing by Meredith Jacobson Two weeks ago, I attended Oakland’s public hearing on the scope of the Department of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR)’s environmental impact report regarding fracking in the state of California. That’s a mouthful, but an important one, so […]
Common Ground partners with “Alternative Nobel Prize” to become North America’s first Right Livelihood College. Facebook Website Email Common Ground Center Education for a Just and Sustainable World Founded in 1980, the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as “the Alternative Nobel Prize,” honors and supports those offering […]
We are proud and excited to announce that the Operating Team is accepting Applications for Operating Team Members for the Spring 2014 cycle.
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to join more than seven thousand youth activists from around the country in Pittsburgh for an inspiring and empowering three days.
The students of UC Berkeley have spoken their minds about the controversial practice of fracking, and their message is loud and clear: “Frack is wack!”
Linking Students and Communities: A Case Study of the Bay Area’s Battle Against Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
by Arjun Pandava, UC Berkeley student Contributing Writers Meredith Jacobson and Katie Hoffman Student movements often fall into the trap of restricting their strategies and alliances to within the walls of their academic spaces. But this restriction makes little sense, especially given that on many issues, the desires of the […]
by Katie Wilken, Butte College student Interviewed by Meredith Jacobson, CSSC Online Content Manager What is the general summary of this campaign? Sparked by issues of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in our local community, we have started this campaign as a way to bring awareness about fracking for liquid natural gas […]
By: Katie Hoffman, with contributions from Emily Williams and Ophir Bruck Just days after super-typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, nine students addressed the Regents of the University of California for the fifth time demanding UC officials, particularly newly appointed president Janet Napolitano, take swift and meaningful action to address the […]
“Invest. Divest. Remind folks there’s no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth.” — President Obama On Tuesday, November 26, at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET, two giants of the environmental movement will host a discussion on the major issue of the day: divestment […]
Last weekend, I was able to have the honor of attending my first ever life-changing convergence at Humboldt State!
UC students across California did not stay behind closed doors on Halloween! Dressed as ghosts of a Fossil Future, we haunted our campuses and warned of the dark reality laying ahead if we sit quietly and remain tied to the fossil fuel industry! We urged our peers and our administrators […]
Power Shift is a conference for the young at heart who are dedicated to overcoming the climate crisis and the fossil fuel industry, and creating a world that is socially, economically, and ecologically just.
Photo Credit: Ophir Bruck, Fossil Free UC De Anza College Students are Leading the Way While flipping through pictures from Power Shift this past weekend, thinking about strategy for building the inclusive movement we need to win this struggle in the long run, I was pleasantly surprised with some big […]
The Northern California Permaculture & Transition Network invite the California Student Sustainability Coalition to join us for the 2013 Building Resilient Communities Convergence.
GRID Alternatives is looking for CSSC students to apply to their national Alternative Break Program happening in March 2014.
Have you heard? Registration is now open for the Fall 2013 Convergence at Humboldt State University! Our team is hard at work to ensure that November 9th-10th will be the most inspiring, educational, and energizing weekend it can be.
Just last week, the EPA presented an updated version of regulations that will limit carbon pollution from all new power plants.
CSSC Convergences are 100% student-powered, and that means we are looking for YOU (yes, you) to run a workshop on a topic or skill that you are passionate about.
Hello Friends! For years, students across California have been at the frontlines of the movement for building a clean and just future. Just within the past year, our campus communities have led efforts to divest our institution’s endowments from the fossil fuel industry; to defend our communities from fracking; and […]
Have you read the news lately? It’s an exciting time to be an activist. CSSC has quite an action-packed semester in the works, and it’s not too late to jump on the bandwagon.
The Summer Heat Campaign has demands; four of them. NO more toxic hazards. NO Keystone XL pipeline. NO refining tar sands or fracked crude. YES to a just transition from dirty fuels to union jobs in clean energy. The organizers at 350 Bay Area and dozens of aligned groups, such […]
Combining fun and useful tasks Previously we wrote about how Gamification can make the world a more sustainability place, but beyond gamification, there are many more ways to make sustainability more fun and exciting. Another key example is the term Edutainment. Humans have an innate desire to learn I believe […]
Investment, Innovation, and Inspiration With the next CSSC Convergence, at UC Berkeley, only a few short weeks away, we have another exclusive and thought provoking CSSC interview. Dr. Carolyn Finney is a professor at UC Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Her research focuses on identity representation difference […]
Divestment is the Tactic, Climate Justice is the Goal April 9th through 11th, students at UC Berkeley will be asked to vote on a referendum in support of fossil fuel divestment at Cal and across the UC System. Student support for the referendum will send a clear message to UC […]
I’ll tell you! It was a great rally on Sunday Feb 17th! Attending the San Francisco solidarity march was a powerful event, which brought folks from many different movements together to demonstrate in the streets of America. While the block we marched around was packed with protesters, some 40,000 people […]
FEBRUARY 7 – Lots of amazing things happening around the nation, as young people are jumping into the new year in a really big way! Join us for national calls, and make a stand for bold climate action at solidarity rallies in LA, SF, and SD! More details after the […]
Greetings! We hope you are all excited for the CSSC’s fall convergence held from November 9th-11th at Butte Community College, 3536 Butte Campus Dr., Oroville, CA 95965. We have prepared an incredible weekend complete with inspirational keynote speakers Chief Caleen Sisk-Franco, Anne Symens-Bucher, Adelaja Simon, Victor Menotti, Kirsten Schwind, and […]
The Fall 2012 Convergence is just around the corner! This weekend we will be making CSSC history: this is the first time a convergence has ever been hosted at a community college. The team at Butte has cooked up an incredible, jam-packed, inspiring weekend for you all, so if you haven’t registered yet – get on it!
Apply for a scholarship! A goal of our CSSC Convergences is to provide everyone with the opportunity to attend the Convergence regardless of their economic status; therefore we have created this fee waiver form that will allow you to register for free. Our deepest apologies that this is up so late.
The CSSC Fall Convergence will be held November 9th to 11th at Butte Community College. Join hundreds of students from across CA to build community, share resources, plan action, attend workshops, and celebrate.
Twice a year, the CSSC hosts leadership retreats for students who are interested in getting involved or staying involved in the leadership of the organization.
I recently saw a Heinz ketchup ad that read, “I put ketchup on my ketchup.” I can relate to that sentiment. While I do love the classics like Heinz, summer’s bounty is too delicious to ignore. Add so, I made this ketchup that elevated a humble weekday meal of homefries […]
Greetings, Earthlings! I hope you are as excited as we are for the CSSC’s Spring Student Sustainability Convergence beginning this Friday, April 27th! This post contains quite a bit of important information that will help you get prepared for one of the best weekends of your life! Just keep reading, just keep reading…
Here are the student-led workshops for the 2012 Spring Convergence!
- Ending Corporate Personhood
- Food Systems 101
- The Environmental Justice Movement
- Empowering Women Through Fair Trade
Read the top reasons why YOU should attend this spring’s convergence!
We invite you to help us build a resoNATION! We each come to this convergence finding our individual places within the movement and how they connect and resonate together. We want to put this cohesion into action to build and create social, political, economic and personal change.
If you’re part of CSSC, you probably already save energy at your house: you turn off the lights when you leave the room, you don’t use unnecessary electricity guzzlers like hair dryers, and maybe you’ve even switched to energy efficient appliances or compact fluorescent light bulbs.
The CSSC 2012 Winter Leadership Retreat took place January 12th-16th in the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains near Palm Springs. Natural beauty and enough space for all of us under one roof made it the perfect setting to delve deep into the nuts and bolts, or rather, the roots and shoots, of the CSSC.
Our Fall Convergence will be here in less than 3 weeks! Tell your friends, post it on facebook and get people excited, because you’re in for a nice post-Halloween treat! Derrick Jensen, a prolific author on environmental and social justice issues, will be our keynote speaker! And Tony Gamboa (UBUNTU!) will be our student keynote to bring all us sustainabilibuddies together. Ready to join us yet!?
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We are currently seeking to assemble a diverse team of 8 student Coordinators to assist our Campaign Director and Graduate Student Researcher to work on this campaign. Stipends are available, $500/quarter or $750/semester, with a 1-year commitment. Read more to find out about the different opportunities available!
The CSSC is positioned to develop and launch a campaign to mobilize student leaders and the California system of higher education to eliminate our dependence on coal. We are currently looking to fill 2 PAID positions, a Campaign Director and Graduate Research Assistant. Read more to look at the job descriptions and apply.