Divest McGill Congratulates Université Laval on their Decision to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Blog, Press Release | Comments Off on Divest McGill Congratulates Université Laval on their Decision to Divest from Fossil Fuels

February 16, 2017 For Immediate Release Divest McGill Congratulates Université Laval on their Decision to Divest from Fossil Fuels   Yesterday, Université Laval announced its plan to divest from fossil fuel companies in response to the student campaign ULaval sans Fossiles. Divest McGill applauds this act by the university administration as one of many necessary steps toward promoting sustainability and confronting the climate crisis.  In committing to permanently remove its financial assets from the fossil fuel industry and invest in...

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#OURFUTUREOURCHOICE – A Response to CAMSR’s Failure

Posted by on April 21, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on #OURFUTUREOURCHOICE – A Response to CAMSR’s Failure

#OURFUTUREOURCHOICE – A Response to CAMSR’s Failure

  Students sit-in and camp out Faculty host teach-ins Alumni return their diplomas in shame A donor withdraws millions from the university       OVERVIEW CAMSR fails to fulfill mandate On March 24th, 2016, CAMSR (the McGill Board’s Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility) announced they would not recommend divestment from the fossil fuel industry. After three years of campaigning for divestment, this decision greatly saddened Divest McGill and the community at large, which has shown overwhelming...

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Admin Response to #OurFutureOurChoice: Open Forums, Releasing Expert Testimony

Posted by on April 6, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Admin Response to #OurFutureOurChoice: Open Forums, Releasing Expert Testimony

Admin Response to #OurFutureOurChoice: Open Forums, Releasing Expert Testimony

The full letter of our #OurFutureOurChoice requests is available here. In response to the #OurFutureOurChoice 4 day sit-in and solidarity camp that resulted from the Board’s refusal to divest or acknowledge the grave harm caused by fossil fuel companies, Principal Fortier has issued this letter. She outlines the administration’s response, including their new commitment to hosting open forums on the recommendations of CAMSR (Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility), to be held in Fall 2016. Additionally, as...

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BREAKING: McGill Board Acts Against Community Support for Fossil Fuel Divestment

Posted by on March 23, 2016 in Blog, Press Release | Comments Off on BREAKING: McGill Board Acts Against Community Support for Fossil Fuel Divestment

BREAKING: McGill Board Acts Against Community Support for Fossil Fuel Divestment The McGill Board of Governors claims fossil fuel companies do not cause social injury. MONTREAL (March 23rd) – Today, McGill’s Board of Governors rejected fossil fuel divestment, in direct contravention to the overwhelming support for divestment expressed by over 2,500 community members. McGill published a report in which they not only dismiss divestment, but also rule that fossil fuel companies’ actions are not harmful to society or the environment. Members...

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$43 Million: The Cost of McGill Failing to Act on Fossil Fuel Divestment

Posted by on November 26, 2015 in Blog, Press Release | Comments Off on $43 Million: The Cost of McGill Failing to Act on Fossil Fuel Divestment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 26th, 2015 $43 Million: The Cost of McGill Failing to Act on Fossil Fuel Divestment New analysis shows high cost of not divesting from fossil fuels Montreal, QC – New analysis reveals that McGill has left more than than $43 million on the table over the last 3 years by failing to act on the community’s call for full divestment from fossil fuels. Corporate Knights, together with 350.org and South Pole Group used the newly-developed Decarbonizer tool to analyze several funds. Using the most recent publicly...

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Oct Emails Re: Meeting with CAMSR

Posted by on October 20, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Oct Emails Re: Meeting with CAMSR

[October 19th, 2015] Dear Divest McGill, I have asked the Secretary General to respond on my behalf. Thank you for your message of October 18 and for letting us know who will be representing Divest McGill for at the CAMSR meeting. We look forward to discussing your proposal for an immediate freeze on additional fossil fuel investments. We will remind the CAMSR members to reread the 3 letters. We believe the presence of 15 members of Divest McGill already provides for a diversity of perspectives relevant to our goal of a broad ranging...

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Fossil Free Week ROUND UP

Posted by on October 6, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Fossil Free Week ROUND UP

Fossil Free Week was spectacular, thanks to the support of so many of you! Thanks! Check out the round up of the week — it includes a list of the extensive media coverage, some photos of our events, and a few key numbers summarizing the week.  If you’re looking to get more involved, be sure to email us at...

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Letter to Kip Cobbett – Sep 21

Posted by on September 24, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Letter to Kip Cobbett – Sep 21

Dear Mr. Kip Cobbett, Chair of the Board of Governors and Acting Chair of CAMSR,   Climate change has been part of the public consciousness for over three decades. When Divest McGill began our work three years ago, we catalyzed a conversation that others within McGill, or even the administration itself, could have begun well before this late hour. We’ve accepted from the beginning that we were starting a conversation long overdue. The climate crisis is truly dire; we are far beyond the point where delay is acceptable or moral. We are...

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STATEMENT on Insufficient Response of Kip Cobbett

Posted by on September 24, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on STATEMENT on Insufficient Response of Kip Cobbett

September 23rd, 2015 The initial response we received on Monday night from Kip Cobbett, Chair of the Board and Acting Chair of CAMSR, is a prime example of the delay, inaction, and vague commitments to deliberate that have characterized the CAMSR process to date.  It is precisely because of this endless deliberation and its failure to produce meaningful, concrete results that Divest McGill is taking action this week. We requested Monday morning that Mr. Cobbett take a public stance on freezing fossil fuel investments and bring a motion to...

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BREAKING: Divest McGill and Supporters Camp-in for the Climate

Posted by on September 21, 2015 in Blog, Press Release | Comments Off on BREAKING: Divest McGill and Supporters Camp-in for the Climate

For Immediate Release Monday, September 21st, 2015 BREAKING: Divest McGill and Supporters Camp-in for the Climate Students and other community members have set up camp in front of McGill’s main administration building to highlight the need for ambitious climate action and fossil fuel divestment.   MONTREAL (September 21st, 2015) – Today, around 20 individuals have set up camp in Community Square on McGill campus to draw attention to McGill’s conflicting investments in the fossil fuel industry and the timely need for divestment....

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