Meeting re. divestment from fossil fuels and investment in a climate-just future

Dear colleagues,

Please see below an invitation from the YUFA Climate Emergency Committee (YCEC) Working Group on Finance and Divestment. All YUFA members are welcome to attend, along with members of the wider York University community.

What: A meeting to call for fossil-free divestment of York’s financial assets

When: Tuesday, November 17, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST (by Zoom)

Who: Full-time faculty, contract faculty, students, and staff at York University

Why: Members of the university community–all faculty, students, and staff–are invited to a meeting to organize a fossil-free divestment movement at York University.

York’s new university academic plan has committed the University to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals and to climate action; it is time to move from words to action. York holds hundreds of millions of dollars in financial assets, including the York Endowment Fund and the York Pension Plan. These financial investments should stop supporting the stranded assets of the fossil fuel industry and instead help build a just and sustainable future.

Only concerted and vigorous action from members of the community will persuade the York Board of Governors and other decision-makers to act. We need to raise our voice as members of this community and demand that our money be used to build a better future, not to wreck our climate and our environment.

The virtual meeting by Zoom will be on Tuesday, November 17, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. Full-time faculty, contract faculty, students, and staff are invited.

The meeting is organized by the Working Group on Finance and Divestment, an initiative of the YUFA Climate Emergency Committee (YCEC).

Contacts: 

To receive a Zoom link for the meeting, please email Ricardo Grinspun: rgrinspun@rogers.com. If you are not available for this meeting, but would like to connect with this initiative, we can add you to a mailing list.