UTAA Must Act

 This petition will be personally delivered to the University of Toronto in mid-February. We need you to share to raise awareness.

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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 the University of Toronto 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 UofT to support fossil fuel divestment.

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. 

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  • signed 2016-05-06 21:32:16 -0400
    Hopefully this money can be moved towards impact investments in environmental sectors, but at least take it out of fossil fuels.
  • signed via 2016-02-10 04:41:07 -0500
    Keah Lonergan
  • signed 2016-02-09 22:24:08 -0500
  • signed 2016-02-09 21:04:04 -0500
    It’s important to consider 3 important facts when thinking of divestment. (1) Divestment is not the ‘only’ solution to combat climate change. Rather, Divestment’s main purpose (in my mind) is to strip away the social license and force corporations, universities, trusts and governments to pick a side, the ‘anti-fossil fuel’ side. (2) There is incontrovertible evidence that climate change is anthropogenic and one of its primary drivers is the combustion of fossil fuels. (3) According to most recent evidence by ODI, direct fossil fuel subsidies in the G20 are pegged at $450B (US). In Canada, both direct and indirect subsidies are pegged at $34B, according to the IMF. My problem with the Divestment movement is that it doesn’t properly address that traditional sources of energy and renewable energy aren’t subsidized at the same rate. This needs to change.
  • signed 2016-02-09 20:59:27 -0500
    Archana Ravichandradeva
  • signed 2016-02-09 20:52:37 -0500
    I am a 2015 New College Honours B.A. alumna and a winner of the Alumni Association’s Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award. I am asking that the UTAA show courage and leadership by advocating for divestment. I would be all the prouder of my UofT degree, Cressy Award, and UTAA membership if the UTAA were to stand in solidarity with those UofT members whose tireless advocacy for divestment are bringing us close to being the first university in Canada to divest from fossil fuels—- a world-changing and monumental decision if it were to happen. UTAA, do the right thing and take a stand.
  • signed 2016-02-09 20:29:16 -0500
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-05 16:40:56 -0500
    UofT Alumni, sign if you so desire!: UTAA Must Act
  • signed 2016-02-05 16:40:05 -0500
    I’m proud to be an Alumna of one of the leading universities in the world.

    I am hopeful that the University of Toronto will stand up in leadership on climate change and a secure future, and I’m hopeful that my Alumni Association will advocate for such leadership.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-05 08:52:02 -0500
    Sign the petition: UTAA Must Act
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  • signed 2016-02-05 08:51:10 -0500
  • signed 2016-02-03 13:55:51 -0500
    Benjamin Donato-Woodger
  • signed 2016-02-03 12:54:43 -0500
  • signed 2016-02-01 18:16:51 -0500
    We have to set an example as a leading university that The U of T is.