Andrew Petter We Need Better: Change SFU Divestment Rally

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 12:00

Come out and show your support for 100% fossil fuel divestment within the next 5 years!

ChangeSFU will be hosting a rally of unprecedented size on SFU's Burnaby campus on Wednesday March 29th. The event will be composed of live music, slam poetry, and a succession of speakers including several SFU professors. Come stop by!

FREE vegetarian food will be provided by SFU Veggie Lunch!


Sign our petition here:

Climate change is poised to cost the world’s economies untold billions of dollars in dealing with increasingly extreme weather conditions, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, decreased food security, and increased numbers of climate refugees. As these economic costs inevitably begin to increase, so too will the likelihood of widespread global conflict.

In addition, a growing body of evidence has begun to show that fossil fuel investments that were once considered guaranteed returns are now losing investors hundreds of millions (if not billions) of dollars annually, while returns on renewable energy investment continue to rise.

Knowing this, Simon Fraser University's Board of Governors has both a moral and fiduciary responsibility to divest all funds from the fossil fuel industry as quickly as possible. In doing so, SFU would become one of Canada's first universities to join the growing global fossil fuel divestment movement. It is crucial that we do our part to protect the rights of current and future generations to a world not defined by climate chaos.


Ultimately, we will be petitioning our Board of Governors to commit to 100% divestment in the next 5 years, as well as meeting with them after the event in order to formally make our case. Our hope is that successfully encouraging SFU to take a leadership role in the mitigation of climate change will contribute to a ripple effect across universities both locally and nationwide. While we understand divestment alone will not actually reduce any emissions, we do believe it is important that we as a place of education, where we lecture weekly on the imminent dangers of climate change, set the example for the rest of the world to follow. The faster we can make supporting the fossil fuel industry socially unacceptable, the faster we will be able to make the transition to alternate energy sources.

This is the first of two or three or as many rallies as it takes to convince SFU to commit to 100% divestment. This is only the beginning.

SFU Convocation Mall Burnaby , BC
British Columbia CA

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