Divest McGill is a campaign calling on McGill university to address the urgency of climate change by divesting its endowment from the fossil fuel industry and to reinvest into more environmentally, socially, and economically responsible alternatives. We are part of a movement of over 775 other fossil fuel divestment campaigns worldwide working towards climate justice.
We began our campaign in the Fall of 2012, and now have over 1500 signatures on our petition from students, staff, faculty & alumni, and endorsements from all 3 major student associations. After presenting to the McGill Board of Governors’ Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility (CAMSR) in Spring 2013, they ruled not to divest from fossil fuel companies, citing ‘insufficient evidence of social injury’ despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. We are working to build even more support from the community in order to get McGill to reconsider its decision.
At the beginning of February 2015, we submitted a second petition to CAMSR along with a 150 page report outlining the long term social and environmental harm that has come about as a result of the fossil fuel industry. We presented the case to CAMSR and are still awaiting a ruling 7 months later.
The science is clear: carbon emissions are causing rapid climate change worldwide. Students across Canada are taking action to stop the exploitation of the tar sands and to begin the transition away from fossil fuels. In light of our obligations to the planet and to each other, we call on McGill University to divest its holdings in the tar sands and fossil fuel companies.