We're a small (~12) group of volunteers who are concerned about the future of our planet. We focus our efforts in mitigating climate change.
We started in June 2012. We have planning meetings every Tuesday night, 7-9pm on UofT campus, and at those meetings we decide on the campaigns we wish to pursue, as well as the activities we will run. If you are also concerned about the climate, you're welcome to join us. Email email@example.com for info.
So far, we have hosted a documentary film screenings with a panel of speakers (event, pics), highlighted the Kalamazoo oil pipeline spill (pics), and invaded UofT campus as Santa's elves (pics). More to come...
In order to avoid dangerous climate change, the world needs to redirect investment from fossil fuels to alternative forms of energy that are compatible with climate safety.Sign our Petition
The University of Toronto is heavily invested in the fossil fuel industry. Governments and organizations around the world have recognized warming of 2˚C as the threshold where climate change will become dangerous. If we want to stay below that limit, we can emit no more than 565 billion tonnes (gigatonnes) of carbon dioxide. Global fossil reserves contain 2,795 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide, more than enough to drive humanity off the 2˚C trajectory.
Investment in fossil fuel corporations such as Shell drives the consumption of fossil fuel reserves which MUST remain underground in order to avoid dangerous climate change.
UofT has divested before, both from the tobacco industry, and from companies supporting Apartheid. For more about the effectiveness of divestment, have a look at gofossilfree.org/faq.
The energy company Enbridge is hoping to reverse the flow of an oil pipeline, 'Line 9', so that it can carry tar sands crude from Sarnia to Montreal. If the project is approved it would, for the first time, allow dirty crude oil to be pumped through Toronto, as well as many environmentally sensitive areas in Ontario and Quebec. View Environment Defence's graphic.
The chance of an oil spill in this aging pipe, given the corrosive nature of tar sands crude oil ("hot liquid sandpaper"), is very high, nearing certainty. An oil spill could be devastating not only for fragile ecosystems and rare species in Ontario, but would also threaten the drinking water of the city of Toronto.
We do no believe Canada will become an energy superpower by exploiting the tar sands, as energy in the 21st century must come from carbon-free sources, not carbon-intensive sources that are tied to deforestation and desertification. Therefore, we are working to oppose the approval of the pipeline's reversal, as it can only damage Toronto, the provinces, Canada and the planet. More to come soon...