As students, faculty, staff, and alumni, we are calling on UBC to be a leader in addressing climate change.
Humanity confronts a grave and urgent crisis in climate change, and immediate dramatic actions are required. We have a moral duty to act.
While UBC has made some great strides on climate change, these efforts are deeply undermined because the administration insists on continuing to invest in the full scale of the fossil fuel industry.
Divest the Rest
While we have reached a huge victory in driving UBC to create a $10 million fossil free fund, we know that divesting less than 1% of UBC's endowment does not constitute meaningful action on climate change. We are continuing to advocate for the full divestment that UBC students and faculty voted for.
The Kinder Morgan pipeline is incompatible with Canada's climate commitments and responsibility to respecting Indigenous rights and title. We are mobilizing students against the project through rallies, fundraisers and personal bank divestment actions.
UBC's Next Century
UBC's next strategic plan will shape the university's priorities, values and decisions for years to come. We are collaborating with eleven other student groups to ensure that UBC makes bold commitments for sustainability leadership in the new strategic plan.
Join us in urging our institution and government to take meaningful action on climate change.
Divest the Globe Canvassing - 10-4, 26 October, 2017
On Oct 23rd, ninety-two of the world's largest banks are meeting in São Paulo, Brazil to discuss climate policies and decide on funding strategies. Among these are Canadian banks that are financially supporting the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, including RBC, TD, and Scotiabank. Mazaska Talks is an indigenous-led organization calling on everyone around the globe to join them for 3 days of global action in advocating for massive global divestment should the banks continue to finance those responsible for climate disaster and those that abuse Indigenous peoples' rights. We will be participating in their Divest the Globe campaign by canvassing from 10 am - 4 pm on Thursday October 26, where we will be collecting signatures for a petition telling the banks to stop financing climate disasters and start respecting Indigenous rights!
Join us in holding our financial institutions accountable to ensure that they don't finance projects incompatible with climate action and Indigenous sovereignty!
Prepping for COP23 Climate Talks Panel - FSC Room 1003, 5-6:30, Oct 31st, 2017
UBCC350 will be participating in a panel organized by UBC's International Forestry Students Association. This panel is designed to engage the UBC community in discussions about international climate action in preparation for COP23, happening in Bonn from the 6th to 17th of November.
Conference on Corporate Accountability - 19-20 January, 2018
We are collaborating with other environmental justice groups, West Coast Environmental Law, and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives to organize a two-day conference on Corporate Accountability. We aim to facilitate connections between different climate justice groups and discuss different tactics of holding the fossil fuel industry responsible for the devastating effects of climate change that it enacts, thus making a profit while communities suffer.
Stay tuned for more details.