We, the undersigned students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the public, call on all the boards and administrators of educational institutions across Canada to take real leadership in the face of the climate crisis by fully divesting all investment funds (e.g. endowment funds) of their institutions from the fossil fuel industry and reinvesting in sustainable and just alternatives by 2025.
For the past 8 years, students around the world have been calling on educational institutions to end their investments in the industry primarily responsible for driving the climate crisis. Unfortunately, Canadian educational institutions have responded with negligence and delay, claiming climate leadership while propagating half-measures and false solutions. For example, the Investing To Address Climate Change Charter, released and signed by numerous Canadian universities this summer, is not only inadequate, but pretends to address the climate crisis while deflecting responsibility from taking real action.