The street theatre performance will be led by Bermuda short wearing, vacation-seeking Santa, featuring his Elves who will spread awareness of climate change and the rapid melting of the arctic, while getting signatures and support for the U of T divestment campaign.
U of T investment
“The University of Toronto is heavily invested in the fossil fuel industry. Shell stock comprises the university’s single largest holding of corporate equity, with $9.84 million invested. This represents less than 1% of the university's total stock investment.” Toronto350.org Divestment Petition
2012 COP 18 Doha, Qatar:
“Arctic sea ice reached a new record low ...the alarming rate of its melt this year highlighted the far-reaching changes taking place on Earth’s oceans and biosphere. Climate change is taking place before our eyes” WMO Secretary General Michel Jarrud
2011 Carbon Dioxide levels reached 390ppm (40ppm more than safe maximum):
“Globally averaged mole fractions of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) reached new highs in 2011...Carbon Dioxide levels in 2011 reached 390.9±0.1ppm [parts per million]” WMO Global Atmosphere Watch Programme Report 2011
350 is... the safe limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, measured in parts per million, above which the planet is in a state of climate crisis. Our work, as part of a global group active in 188 countries, is to reduce dangerous carbon emissions by building a grassroots movement. We work towards moving away from fossil fuels and harmful land use practices, helping jump-start a clean energy economy-- in the process, transforming our world into a livable, joyful and just place.
For more information: Stuart Basden, Director of Operations, Toronto350.org.