Student Conference of the Parties

Wow. I just got back from SJSF’s Student Conference of the Parties (SCOP) in collaboration with the Pricing Carbon Conference. I was utterly impressed with and inspired by both halves of the event.

The Pricing Carbon Conference took place on Wesleyan University campus in Middletown, CT, November 19-21st. The event was co-hosted by Wesleyan’s newly established College of the Environment and the Price Carbon Campaign. Partners in the Conference included the Climate Crisis Coalition, Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Carbon Tax Center, Future 500, Progressive Democrats of America, and our very own Students for a Just and Stable Future.

SJSF held its Student Conference of the Parties during workshop sessions and overtime, diligently amending, debating, and deliberating on our final product: a Declaration to be sent to our leaders at the international Conference of the Parties in Cancun, Mexico next week.

The process of creating the declaration filled me with a sense of empowerment and renewed dedication to complete our part in the solution. The declaration consists of 3 parts: the first, a picture of climate change -– a view of the alarming state of the world we will see unfold if we continue on the road before us; the second, a commitment on our own behalf to act in very specific, deliberate ways to lead us to a clean energy future; the third, a strong and sincere call to action that we demand from our local, state, and world leaders. I give extra kudos to the students who worked on the first of the three parts; the first read-through of their revised version sent goose bumps through the room.

The Pricing Carbon Conference itself was fascinating. Key note speeches were given by James Hansen, leading Climate Change scientist, and Bill McKibbon, founder of 350 movement. The conference focused on the immediate necessity of pricing CO2 emissions. Speakers and attendees reflected a shift in the majority support in terms of pricing carbon options; while the Cap & Trade method was discussed, most prominently supported was the method of Fee & Dividend. Under Fee & Dividend, a fee would be placed on products based upon the inherent carbon costs of their production, and then the full amount of the revenue (or a majority percentage, if so decided) would be returned to the consumers by way of a check/electronic deposit. The revenue money would be returned evenly to all consumers, and so those who consume less carbon-intensive products will end up saving money, while those who consume more may lose money in the end.

A sincere thanks to everyone who made this conference possible and to the organizers who invited SJSF students to attend! I look forward to SJSF working alongside the other sponsoring organizations in building up the fight against climate change!

-Rachel Soule

You can view the declaration and add your name to the signatories list at:

SEA and SJSF SleepOut

On Thursday October 7 the Brandeis Chapter of Students for a Just and Stable Future and Brandeis Students for Environmental Action (SEA) hosted a Sleep Out on the campus main lawn. The event drew around seventy people over the course of the night, with around twenty people actually sleeping out. Students were drawn to see a lineup of a cappella, improv comedy, and a whole group of speakers including representatives of Brandeis’s Pakistani Relief Fund, Real Food and Natural Living clubs. Also speaking was SJSF’s own Craig Altemose, who gave a really terrific speech about reasons for focusing on combating climate change. As well as awesome speakers, we had cupcakes with 350 written on them in frosting, a photo petition, and a phone-in to the director of Brandeis dining services requesting exclusively cage free eggs in the dining halls.

The event was a prelude to help recruit people for the statewide Sleep Out this weekend. We would love to have some more people go out to Worcester with us and network, play fun games, and generally do awesome stuff. Anyone interested can sign up at

SEA Sleep Out!

Thurday 9pm SLEEP OUT on the Great Lawn!


We will be sleeping out on the Great Lawn this Thursday, October 7th, in protest of the dirty electricity that powers our homes and dorms. Students for a Just and Stable Future (SJSF), through Sleep Outs, Stand-ins, and Community efforts, supports legislation in the Massachusetts Statehouse to make MA a leader in clean electricity.

We know that worldwide change is needed, to turn the climate crisis around and bring our atmospheric CO2 to a sustainable level, but we also know that it takes strong leadership to make change happen. So challenge our state to be that leadership! Join us this Thursday night!

All are welcome. Stop by for an hour, or stay the night.

Food will be served & games will be played throughout the night.

Music from: Up the Octave!

Comedy from: To Be Announced!

Guest speaker: Craig Altemose–SJSF exec. staff person!

Plus hear from representative of on-campus groups:

Natural Living

Real Food

Pakistani Relief Fund


Please fill out the form at <>

Bring warm clothes & a sleeping bag if you have one. Sleeping bags will be provided for those who need them.