Alumni

 

 

       

 

Dear University of Toronto,


At the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris, world leaders agreed to try and keep global warming below a 1.5°C threshold. This target is necessary to protect vulnerable populations and future generations from the worst effects of climate change.

This threshold was reiterated by the University committee who recommended targeted divestment from fossil fuel companies whose plans will violate a 1.5°C threshold. 

The signed alumni believe UofT must now stand up for alumni by advocating for fossil fuel divestment

Currently, the University invests some of its assets in fossil fuel companies. These companies’ business plans blatantly disregard the 1.5°C threshold of warming, threatening the planet and the future of the University's students.

To avert this devastation, much of these companies proven fossil fuel reserves must stay underground. Either their proven reserves will become stranded assets, or we will face runaway climate change.

Remaining invested in fossil fuel companies is thus unsound financially and ethically. Furthermore, many fossil fuel companies violate the rights of Indigenous peoples to free, prior, and informed consent to projects on their land. Many companies additionally disregard the health and safety of communities near or downstream from sites of fossil fuel extraction and transportation.

We therefore call on the UofT  to divest.

As an institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and preparing students for the future, UofT cannot sit back and wait for others to take action on climate. 

As alumni, we insist that our alma mater stand on the right side of history now. 

Who's signing

Gowri Murugiah
John Riddell
Shannon Neufeldt
Stephanie Wolfe
Renée MacKay-Lyons
Fiona McMurran
Sandra Frayne
Dyna Tuytel
Judith Curtis
David Kamnitzer
isabella francesco
Mary Utvich-Spear
Michelle Hayano
Martin Gagne
Cb Bredschneider
Chandrika Sadanand
Daniel Corvino
Lauren Crickmore
Dwight Gordon
Carolynn Bett
Daphne Wang
Faryn Climenhaga
Rhys Buceta
George Balkouras
Megan Chen
284 SIGNATURES
200 signatures

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  • Gowri Murugiah
    signed 2017-04-22 22:36:56 -0400
  • John Riddell
    signed 2016-05-23 15:18:12 -0400
  • Shannon Neufeldt
    signed 2016-05-15 21:43:52 -0400
  • Stephanie Wolfe
    signed 2016-04-27 22:40:45 -0400
  • Renée MacKay-Lyons
    signed 2016-04-27 19:23:31 -0400
  • Fiona McMurran
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-26 23:10:20 -0400
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  • Fiona McMurran
    signed 2016-04-26 23:09:59 -0400
  • Sandra Frayne
    signed 2016-04-26 19:27:40 -0400
    Sandra Frayne
  • Dyna Tuytel
    signed 2016-04-26 14:54:10 -0400
  • Judith Curtis
    signed 2016-04-26 14:20:23 -0400
  • David Kamnitzer
    signed 2016-03-25 02:53:19 -0400
    I am a proud graduate of U of T (1991) and am looking for the University to show leadership on this important issue. Your decision is important to everyone’s future.


    Yours faithfully,


    David Kamnitzer

    BSc, MSc
  • isabella francesco
    signed 2016-03-12 12:40:50 -0500
    isabella francesco
  • Melissa Graham
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-29 19:41:54 -0500
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  • Mary Utvich-Spear
    signed 2016-02-27 09:39:00 -0500
  • Michelle Hayano
    signed 2016-02-26 19:33:04 -0500
  • Martin Gagne
    signed 2016-02-25 18:22:44 -0500
  • Cb Bredschneider
    signed 2016-02-25 18:21:42 -0500
  • Chandrika Sadanand
    signed 2016-02-24 17:57:29 -0500
  • Daniel Corvino
    signed via 2016-02-24 12:39:11 -0500
  • Lauren Crickmore
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  • Lauren Crickmore
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  • Lauren Crickmore
    signed 2016-02-24 12:36:26 -0500
  • Dwight Gordon
    signed 2016-02-23 15:15:44 -0500
  • Carolynn Bett
    signed 2016-02-23 14:10:35 -0500
    The Arctic has already experience 4 degrees warming. Let us hope we are not too late.
  • Daphne Wang
    signed 2016-02-23 12:19:23 -0500
  • Faryn Climenhaga
    signed 2016-02-22 22:42:17 -0500
  • Rhys Buceta
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-22 18:20:12 -0500
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  • Rhys Buceta
    signed 2016-02-22 18:19:11 -0500
  • George Balkouras
    signed 2016-02-22 17:01:01 -0500
  • Megan Chen
    signed 2016-02-21 23:51:04 -0500