We organize and advocate for climate action on and off campus. Our campaigns involve calling for UBC to divest from fossil fuels, encouraging voters to vote with climate in mind and supporting genuine climate leadership at all levels of government. We organize rallies, panel discussions, teach-ins, candidates debates, canvasses and coffeehouses. Want to help us fight climate change? Join us!

UBC Divestment

Board of Governors Meetings

Given the Board of Governors' 3+ years long refusal to undertake any reasonable consideration of divestment or consultation with the UBC community on the endowment's fossil fuel investments, we realized that it was necessary to take the discussion directly to them. We've attended many Board meetings to hand out letters directly to the Governors and speak of the imperative for climate action - we will continue to make a presence at Board meetings until UBC takes full responsibility for its investments.

Fossil Fuel Divestment 101 - March 9, 2017

A night of learning and celebration surrounding the past, present and future of fossil fuel divestment at UBC.

Speakers:

  • Julie Van de Valk
  • Alex Hemingway
  • Stephanie Glanzmann
  • Michelle Marcus
  • Anna Howard
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Fossil Fuel Divestment 101 - March 9, 2017

A night of learning and celebration surrounding the past, present and future of fossil fuel divestment at UBC.

Speakers:

Julie Van de Valk

Alex Hemingway

Stephanie Glanzmann

Michelle Marcus

Anna Howard

 

We’ll run through the history of the campaign from its very beginnings and hear from a variety of students that have played pivotal roles in this movement. Then we’ll discuss where we’re at right now with the approval of the Sustainable Future Fund and how you can get involved. The event is open to all and no prior knowledge is necessary.

Thanks to UBC Student Environment Centre (SEC) for their support!

We’ll run through the history of the campaign from its very beginnings and hear from a variety of students that have played pivotal roles in this movement. Then we’ll discuss where we’re at right now with the approval of the Sustainable Future Fund and how you can get involved. The event is open to all and no prior knowledge is necessary.

Thanks to UBC Student Environment Centre (SEC) for their support!

Fossil Fools Day - April 1, 2016

On the same day as April Fools Day, we celebrated our own version with a Fossil Fools Day event right in front of the new Student Union Building!

We talked to many people passing by, had them sign our open letter to the new president and took this chance to canvass as well! It was heartening to see many supporters among the student body. The highlight of the event was our banner drop from the top of the Nest! Thanks to everybody who came out to the event!

Divestment Teach-In - February 9, 2016

"The UBC Board is pushing against fossil fuel divestment. We're pushing back! Join us for a Divestment Teach-In!

We're joined by speakers Marc Lee, co-director of the Climate Justice Project (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives), Anjali Appadurai, climate policy communication expert (West Coast Environmental Law), JP Harrison (President of Genus Capital Management), as well as UBC350’s Alexander Hemingway and Emmett Keyserlingk. They will be leading a timely discussion about fossil fuel divestment.

Modeled after the teach-ins of the 1960’s and 90’s, this Divestment Teach-In is meant to be practical, participatory, and oriented toward action. It’s a great opportunity to get up to speed about where divestment stands after the Board of Governors decision and what it means to the UBC community."

Why UBC Should Divest from Fossil Fuels - November 5, 2013

"The fossil fuel divestment movement is sweeping the globe - and now it is our time as concerned, active members of UBC's community to do our part in carving out a sustainable, environmentally friendly future by campaigning for full divestment from fossil fuel holdings in UBC's endowment."

FEATURING: Tzeporah Berman, renowned environmental organizer
Marc Lee, from the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives
Justin Ritchie, UBC graduate student
Cohen Hocking, UBCC350 student coordinator
MC - Molly Henry, UBCC350


Elections

Young Climate Voters - Spring 2017

A coalition of students from UBC, SFU, Capliano, and UVic, formed to encourage fellow students to vote with climate in mind during the 2017 BC Election. Find media coverage of Young Climate Voters’ Together for Tomorrow campaign from the Globe and Mail, the Tyee, Rabble, the Georgia Straight, and Desmog Canada.

UBCC350 canvassed in residences twice every week in the months before the election, talking with students about how, when, and where to vote, as well as discussing the values represented by candidates. Using materials developed through the Together for Tomorrow campaign, the canvassers encouraged students to vote with tangible climate action, indigenous sovereignty, a secure economy, and clean democracy in mind.

Point Grey Candidates Debate - April 13, 2017

Presented with the AMS and facilitated by the Ubussey, this event was a chance to hear Point Grey candidates’ discuss and debate questions related to student needs, as well as questions about sustainability and infrastructure. In attendance was NDP candidate David Eby, Liberal candidate James Lomardi, and Green Candidate Amanda Konkin. The conservative candidate did not attend.

For our Storm the Riding events we knock on doors and talk to voters to get the message out about voting with the climate in mind. As a non-partisan group we don't endorse candidates.

Vote for Our Future - October 6, 2015

"An evening inspired by the upcoming federal election featuring a candidates debate, expert presentations and discussion!
Climate change is one of the most important issues facing Canadians today and it will only become a political priority when voters demand it to be. Your Vancouver Quadra candidates will be at UBC for a climate-focused debate, with an interactive portion when you can send in questions, and an opportunity to chat with them afterwards.

The event also features expert talks by Professors George Hoberg, Kathryn Harrison and Max Cameron."

Candidates in attendance:
Liberal Party – Joyce Murray
NDP – Scott Andrews
Green Party – Kris Constable
The Conservative candidate did not attend

Storm the Riding: Federal Election - March 28, 2015

On March 28, 2015, we went around the Point Grey area talking to voters and collecting pledges so our leaders know that climate change is an issue that they cannot ignore. It was a great day of learning and on the ground engagement with the community.

Storm the Riding: Provincial Election - March 9, 2013

Storm the Riding II was a collective canvassing blitz of Point Grey, Vancouver. On March 9, 2013, we went door-to-door in this swing riding to talk to voters about climate change and ask them to pledge to vote with climate in mind in the May BC election.

Storm the Riding: Enbridge Opposition - March 31, 2012

On March 31, 2012, we knocked on virtually every door in Premier Christy Clark's riding, spreading information about BC's growing carbon exports and getting signatures on a petition calling on the premier to stop the Northern Gateway Pipeline.


Government Climate Policy

Climate Coffee House - March 30, 2017

A chance to practice and celebrate climate activism and human rights advocacy through art, music, poetry and performance. Offered in partnership with Amnesty International UBC and Sprouts

Kinder Morgan Bike and Hike  - November 19, 2016

In light of the upcoming Kinder Morgan pipeline decision, UBC students are mobilizing to show our resistance for all that this project represents. We stand for climate action, for Indigenous rights, and a livable world. Our idea is to create a wave of students converging on the Stop Kinder Morgan: No Consent, No Pipeline rally hosted by Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver. We will flood the streets on buses and bikes to represent a unified body of young people demanding a better world.

Earth to Paris Event - November 30, 2015

Leaders from around the globe are meeting in Paris to decide the fate of OUR CLIMATE. On the first day of the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, let's RALLY FOR THE CLIMATE and make our voices heard! Students, activists and concerned citizens all around the world are demanding a firm, binding and ambitious plan to solve the climate crisis. We cannot and will not sit idly by as the fate of our world is negotiated by diplomats behind closed doors.

There will be music, speeches and poetry as well as a chance for you to write out the climate message you want heard in Paris AND at UBC!

Commit globally, divest locally!


Ongoing Projects

Climate Feels

A group which seeks to bridge communities and movements and help people have a greater understanding of the intricacies and interweaving themes of inequality that overlay both climate change and intersectional feminist issues. For more information please contact us.