Fossil Freeze! Sep 5th CAMSR Letter

Posted by on September 9, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Fossil Freeze! Sep 5th CAMSR Letter

[UPDATE: McGill Faculty and Librarians for Divestment expressed their strong support to our request for a freeze on fossil fuel investments during CAMSR’s deliberations with this letter]   Mr. Strople, Thank you for forwarding our previous letter to CAMSR members, and conveying their thoughts back to us. Given the committee’s reiterated aversion to a deadline, we have a solution to propose, as is further elucidated in the attached letter. As you know, this proposal was discussed briefly in our meeting with VP Di Grappa,...

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Aug 17th Letter to CAMSR and Reply

Posted by on August 18, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Aug 17th Letter to CAMSR and Reply

Mr. Strople,We would very much appreciate if you could pass on the attached public letter from Divest McGill to all current members of CAMSR. Thank you in advance. Divest McGill   LETTER: August 17th, 2015   TO: The McGill Board of Governors’ Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility (CAMSR) CC: Steering Committee of McGill Faculty and Librarians for Divestment (MFL4D)   As you know, it has been over 6 months since Divest McGill made our second formal submission to CAMSR on February 2nd, 2015, and nearly 3...

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MCGILL STUDENTS AND FACULTY APPEAL TO BOARD OF GOVERNORS ON FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT, LAUNCH DIRECT ACTION PLEDGE

Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Blog, Press Release | Comments Off on MCGILL STUDENTS AND FACULTY APPEAL TO BOARD OF GOVERNORS ON FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT, LAUNCH DIRECT ACTION PLEDGE

MCGILL STUDENTS AND FACULTY APPEAL TO BOARD OF GOVERNORS ON FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT, LAUNCH DIRECT ACTION PLEDGE

Montreal, Quebec – April 15th, 2015 Today, members of the McGill community are presenting an appeal on their case for divestment from fossil fuel companies to members of the university’s Board of Governors. In the two years that have passed since the original submission, the group has won the right to appeal with an updated 150+ page brief, a petition which has over 1700 signatures from McGill students, staff, faculty and alumni and a broad coalition of support from campus groups. These submissions were accompanied by an open letter signed...

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DIVEST MCGILL SUPPORTS SPHR’S GA MOTION

Posted by on March 9, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on DIVEST MCGILL SUPPORTS SPHR’S GA MOTION

For two years, the members of Divest McGill have been actively calling upon McGill University to divest its holdings from the fossil fuel industry, on the grounds that this industry is directly responsible for causing environmental destruction, exacerbating climate change, and lobbying against environmental regulation. In the past, the university has divested from companies with ties to South Africa and to Burma, and from the tobacco industry. These decisions were driven by the recognition that a university should not be financially supporting...

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MCGILL DIVESTMENT SUPPORTERS TELL THE BOARD “DON’T BANK ON THE TARSANDS”

Posted by on February 13, 2015 in Blog, Press Release | Comments Off on MCGILL DIVESTMENT SUPPORTERS TELL THE BOARD “DON’T BANK ON THE TARSANDS”

MCGILL DIVESTMENT SUPPORTERS TELL THE BOARD “DON’T BANK ON THE TARSANDS”

Supporters float and drop banners on campus as part of the first ever Global Divestment Day of Action. Montreal, Quebec (February 13th) — Today, supporters of Divest McGill called on the Board of Governors to choose between a safe future for students and dirty energy companies like those in Canada’s tar sands. Early in the morning, these supporters used helium balloons to float two banners to the top of two of the largest lecture halls on campus, Leacock 132 and the Frank Dawson Adams auditorium. Later in the day, a banner was dropped off...

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MCGILL FACULTY MEMBERS CALL FOR DIVESTMENT FROM FOSSIL FUELS

Posted by on February 8, 2015 in Blog, Press Release | Comments Off on MCGILL FACULTY MEMBERS CALL FOR DIVESTMENT FROM FOSSIL FUELS

MCGILL FACULTY MEMBERS CALL FOR DIVESTMENT FROM FOSSIL FUELS

For Immediate Release  9 February 2015 McGill Faculty Members Call For Divestment from Fossil Fuels Montreal, QC— 9 February 2015 — Today, McGill Faculty for Divestment submitted a letter to the McGill University Board of Governors, calling on the Board to divest McGill’s endowment fund from the top 200 fossil fuel companies by estimated carbon reserves, with an immediate focus on companies heavily involved in the Canadian oil sands. “Reducing dependency on fossil fuels is an urgent matter,” said McGill medical...

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DIVEST MCGILL SUBMITS 150 PAGES OF RESEARCH, RENEWS CALL FOR FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT

Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Blog, Press Release | Comments Off on DIVEST MCGILL SUBMITS 150 PAGES OF RESEARCH, RENEWS CALL FOR FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT

DIVEST MCGILL SUBMITS 150 PAGES OF RESEARCH, RENEWS CALL FOR FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ——– The full submission (coverletter and brief) is available here: http://divestmcgill.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Feb2015_CAMSR_Submission_Coverletter.pdf http://divestmcgill.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Feb2015_CAMSR_Submission_Brief.pdf MONTREAL, QUEBEC (February 2nd, 2015) – On February 2nd, Divest McGill submitted a 2nd request calling for fossil fuel divestment to the McGill Board of Governors’ (BOG) Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility (CAMSR). At 1:30, several...

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MCGILL TAKES A STEP TOWARD FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT

Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Blog, Press Release | Comments Off on MCGILL TAKES A STEP TOWARD FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT

MCGILL TAKES A STEP TOWARD FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT

September 18th, 2014 MONTREAL, QUEBEC: As a result of considerable community concern, Principal Fortier and the McGill Board of Governors recently released a number of improvements to its ethical investment rules—rules for when McGill takes action such as divestment or shareholder action against companies with destructive practices. These changes come in the face of the starkest UN report on climate change to date, expressing extreme danger to many species on earth, including humans. “The Board invited us at Divest McGill to submit...

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MCGILL PRINCIPAL REFUSES TO SUPPORT GLOBAL DIVESTMENT MOVEMENT

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Blog, Press Release | Comments Off on MCGILL PRINCIPAL REFUSES TO SUPPORT GLOBAL DIVESTMENT MOVEMENT

MCGILL PRINCIPAL REFUSES TO SUPPORT GLOBAL DIVESTMENT MOVEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MONTREAL, QUEBEC (May 23, 2014) – Today, three students and one faculty member, representing the climate justice campaign Divest McGill, met with Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill Suzanne Fortier to discuss fossil fuel divestment for the school’s endowment. The group requested the meeting in order to gain her support and a better understanding of the Principal’s stance on divestment. Fortier did not agree that the fossil fuel industry directly causes societal harm. She was skeptical of the links between...

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Divest McGill meets with Principal Fortier

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Blog, Press Release | Comments Off on Divest McGill meets with Principal Fortier

MONTREAL, QUEBEC (May 23, 2014) – On May 23rd Divest McGill organizers will meet with the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill, Suzanne Fortier, to discuss the university divesting from fossil fuels. As Fortier is new to McGill, this meeting is an important opportunity to explain the logic of divestment, answer any questions or concerns the principal might have, and ultimately gain her support. Before Fortier began her role as Principal,  the Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility (CAMSR) rejected the petition for fossil...

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