4 ways to help make sure Dal divests on Nov. 25

1. Come out to the Board of Governor’s meeting on November 25 and show your support for divestment. Better yet, bring 3 friends along with you!

2. Tweet Dr. Florizone (@DalPres) to tell him why you think Dal should divest on November 25. Sample tweet:

@DalPres Let’s get on the right side of history. #DalhousieU should lead not follow on Nov.25. 

3. Vote in the DSU divestment poll. Scroll over to the right side of the page to vote!

4. Come out to the DSU Town Hall on Divestment on November 24.

It’s time for Dalhousie to be a leader. We’re close, but to change things, we need everyone. Will you help us?

DD.bog

Support for divestment grows among faculty!

Image

Faculty support for fossil fuel divestment has been growing rapidly this Fall, with over 100 faculty endorsements to date. This campaign is more than just students. Faculty, alumni, and donors are all recognizing the role divestment plays in breaking the social license of the fossil fuel industry and moving toward a just and sustainable future.

Lead or follow

Emi Belliveau had the floor at the Oct. 21 BoG meeting.
This is what she had to say:

Thank you for giving me the floor today. I am here because I am twenty-two years old, and for the rest of my life I will be facing the implications of the climate crisis.

And yes, this is a crisis.
Drought, flood, ocean acidification, desertification, more severe and unpredictable weather events, exaggerated by climate change claim the homes, livelihoods, and lives of millions of people, and are connected to additionally complex social issues.

For example, this year the world watched its first climate refugees, citizens of island nations, forced to leave their homes with little support.

While the global south is disproportionately affected by these injustices, the global scale of climate change means it will hit home for us, too. Nova Scotia will also be impacted by sea level rise, and our many coastal communities, including Halifax, will bear the cost of climate change adaptation.

This crisis is happening now, and every day that passes without action the gravity of the climate crisis becomes more enshrined in my future – and the future of everyone in this room.

So we are standing together because climate change will change all our lives unless we change it.

Here at Dal we have the incredible ability to take action through divestment that contributes to a growing social movement and global climate change action.

Divestment is being championed by student campaigns across North America, but this is not only a student issue. There is a growing list of international figures and institutions that have explicitly endorsed fossil fuel divestment as being necessary for a liveable planet.

This list includes:
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
The World Health Organization
Chief of the World Bank
The most recent IPCC Report
The Rockefeller Foundation
And Mark Carney, a prior head of the Bank of Canada now serving as head of the Bank of England, recently re-stated points by the International Energy Agency recognizing the serious risks presented by the carbon bubble.

In addition to broad support for divestment, leaders in Canada have called upon THIS board to make the right decision, and to divest. These leaders include: Order of Canada recipient David Suzuki; Dalhousie alumni and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, who last week during her lecture at Dal said that this is not a partisan issue, but one affecting the future of all citizens; and dozens of faculty and community leaders in Halifax.

The world is watching Dal make this choice.

Divestment is an opportunity that not only protects the school from risks of the carbon bubble and under-performing investments such as coal, but also broadens the discussion on climate change, puts pressure on C02 emitters to change business practices, and has empowered hundreds of students to get engaged and take action today.

Each week momentum for divestment grows and more academic institutions, faith groups, cities, communities, and foundations commit to divest. This pattern is occurring nationally and abroad. On October 8th Glasgow University, which I had the privilege to attend on exchange from Dal in my third year, committed to divest 32 million dollars of its endowment fund from the fossil fuel industry, making it the first in the UK and gaining international accolades. Even more recently, the University of Victoria Board of Governors has agreed to a student referendum on fossil fuel divestment. This is sure to pass.

There can only be one university in Canada that is the first to divest.

We have the opportunity to be such a leader, the first school in Canada to divest, by deciding to vote at the November Board of Governors meeting, just like this Board did in 1986 when it decided to divest from apartheid south Africa – choosing to act with integrity and respect for all human life. While divestment from apartheid South Africa was a critical social justice issue, Climate change is even bigger. While divesting from Apartheid South Africa was an important moral cause, the warming of over 2 C that would occur from burning these fossil fuel reserves makes fossil fuel divestment an existential one.

This board has everything it needs to make this decision, and the resources to investigate how the divestment process will work at Dal.

Divest Dal has offered support and information at any time throughout the past year, and will continue to do so.

I urge you to commit to a decision on divestment at the November 25 Board of Governors meeting.

We will be there. We are growing. Myself and the 1810 signatories on our petition aren’t changing our minds on divestment – it’s now your turn.

Divest Dal at the Board of Governors – Oct 21, 2014

To Change Everything, We Need Everyone.

1002210_10201087711388925_1447946591_n

This is among the biggest things we’ve learned, as a movement, coming out of the the People’s Climate March in NYC in September.

It’s time for Dalhousie to make a decision on fossil fuel divestment. And it’s time for us to demand that they make the right decision. We’re gearing up for the largest climate action in Dalhousie history.

Join us at the University’s Board of Governors on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 to show your support and ensure that this is the moment that Dalhousie decides to take a step as a true sustainability leader.

For months, Divest Dal has been meeting with, and presenting to the University’s Investments Committee and has delivered an extensive proposal for fossil fuel divestment. Now that the administration has all the information they need, it’s time to call upon the Board of Governors to make history.
We’re calling upon them to make their decision by the end of the year – during the November 25th Board meeting.

Dalhousie has the opportunity to make history, or be vilified by it.

IMG_4968

The pool of investments that has been divested, worldwide, continues to grow. With over $50 Billion in successful fossil fuel divestment commitments and over $100 Billion decarbonized institutional investments, as announced at the recent Climate Summit in the UN Headquarters this September.
This said, Dalhousie would be the first university in Canada if it decides to divest from the fossil fuel industry, truly turning the tides and positioning itself on the right side of history.

This will be the fifth consecutive Board of Governors meeting that Divest Dal has attended. We’ve consistently broken attendance records. This Tuesday will be the biggest Climate Action in Dalhousie history.

IMG_0466

Check out the Facebook Event for all of the up-to-date details! 

Divest Dalhousie Honorarium Positions!

Dalhousie folks!

Want to get more involved in Divestment at Dal? We’re appointing four new Honorarium positions for our Fall 2014 campaign push!
1) Physical Media Point-Person
2) Digital and Visual Media Point-Person
3) Website Point-Person
4) Treasurer/Financial
If you’re interested in any of these positions, please read the attached application carefully and send your application to divestdal@gmail.com with a description of why you feel you’re right for the position (max 400 words) along with a short CV. All applications are due Tuesday October 14th at 4:30pm

Divest Dalhousie Honorarium Position Applications – Ending 20141014

Positions will be formally hired, by consensus, on October 15th, so applicants must be ready to hit the ground running in our preparation for the upcoming campaign awesomeness!
Please check out the attached application for all of the details and information you need!
Looking forward to working with you soon!

Ramz Aziz affirms commitment to divest DSU funds at o-week ‘Green BBQ’

Ramz.no.cupsFor Immediate Release                                                                            

DALHOUSIE STUDENT UNION ANNOUNCES FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT

Ramz Aziz, Dalhousie Student Union President, affirms the DSU is actively exploring divestment of its holdings from the world’s largest fossil fuel companies.

HALIFAX – ‘Divest Dalhousie’ – a campaign urging Dalhousie University to divest its endowment fund from fossil fuel companies – celebrates the news that the university’s student union has made plans to divest.

The announcement reflects the Dalhousie Student Union’s commitment to: 1) immediately freezing all new fossil fuel investments in the top 200 companies with fossil fuel reserves in the world, and 2) to fully divest current holdings in those companies within four years. The DSU, which represents 18,000 students, is one of the first student unions in Canada to explore divestment, following in the footsteps of the Students’ Society of McGill University.

“The DSU must make ethical and responsible decisions when investing; we will explore every avenue to divest and commit resources to support the divestment campaign at Dal”  said Ramz Aziz, the DSU President, during a garden celebration of green initiatives on campus. “The DSU is taking strong leadership on this issue. Now it’s our administrations turn”.

“The Dalhousie Student Union has been incredibly supportive of our divestment campaign since it’s inception. We are so proud that our union is showing the Dalhousie University administration what it looks like to take strong climate leadership” says Evelien Vanderkloet, a Divest Dalhousie campaigner. “The DSU, which represents the collective voice of students on campus, is demonstrating that Dalhousie  students are not idle observers of climate change and carbon pollution. Youth are making the just transition to a sustainable future more than just an idea. We are making it happen”.

The total amount of the DSU’s investment pool is a $2.5 million.  While this is small compared to the university’s endowment fund which currently holds $470 million, it represents the investment fees of over 18,000 individual students at Dalhousie University.

The announcement was made on day 17 of Divest Dalhousie’s 100 Days of Action, an effort to call on the Dalhousie University President to commit to divestment during the Board of Governor’s meeting on November 25th, the final day of the 100 day campaign.

####

Divest Dalhousie is a collective of students, alumni and concerned community members campaigning for Dalhousie University’s to divest its $470 million endowment from the worlds top 200 fossil fuel companies. For more information go to our website: http://divestdal.ca

Or follow us on Twitter: @divestdal

For media inquiries please contact:
Evelien Vanderkloet
Email: evelien.vanderkloet@gmail.com
Ramz.no.cupsPhone: 902-456-9711