• Faith and Divestment: Feb 12th, at York University

    A Faith and Justice Perspective: Divestment from Fossil Fuels

    “The destruction of the earth’s environment is the human rights challenge of our time.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    “If it’s wrong to wreck the climate then it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.” Do the Math: Bill McKibbon, 350.0rg

    Thursday, February 12th, 2015 4pm-6pm
    140 McLaughlin College
    Senior Common Room

    Hosted by the Student Christian Movement & Divest York

    Come celebrate Global Divestment Day with the Student Christian Movement and Divest York from a faith and justice perspective!

    Consensus Scientific studies conclude that over 80% of the fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground, and not burned, if we are to stay under 2 degrees celsius of global warming. Divestment is one tool to remove the social license for extracting and burning fossil fuels and the resulting CO2 pollution of the atmosphere and the oceans. As fossil fuel reserves become unburnable (stranded) in the medium term, divestment is also an important fiduciary (faithful) decision.

    Join us as we welcome Professor Walter Whiteley to host our discussion.Walter.Whiteley

    Professor Walter Whiteley, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Member of the Graduate Programs in Mathematics, in Education, in Computer Science

    Former member: Board of Trustees, York University Pension Fund
    Member of Divest York working group, Climate Justice Group, the Advisory Board of York University Student Christian Movement

    Download the event poster here.

    For more information, contact: york@scmcanada.org

  • February 13 & 14th, 2015: Global Divestment Day

  • VIDEOS: Divestment or What? Toronto, 2014

    Fletcher Harper of GreenFaith (USA) explores the rationale for faith-based divestment with a focus on historical roots for contemporary action.
    At the 6th Annual Green Awakening Network/Greening Sacred Spaces forum on March 1 2014. With an introduction by the David MacDonald.

    Should Canadian faith communities be “faithfully disruptive” and divest from the fossil fuel industry?
    Christine Boyle of Spirited Social Change addresses this question at the 6th Annual Green Awakening Network/Greening Sacred Spaces forum on March 1 2014.

    Q & A panel with presenters at the 6th Annual Green Awakening Network / Greening Sacred Spaces forum.
    Jane Ambachtsheer, Christine Boyle, Mike Brigham, Fletcher Harper, & Monica Resendes address questions related to faith communities and fossil fuel divestment. David MacDonald moderates.

  • Fossil Fuel Divestment Hits $50 Billion

    September 22 2014 — “Over 800 global investors have now committed to divest their holdings in fossil fuels. New signatories encompass a broad diversity of sectors and regions— including foundations, individuals, faith groups, health care organizations, cities and universities around the world. Their pledge was revealed at a news conference in New York today, and will be presented tomorrow at the United Nations Climate Summit where over 120 world leaders will gather.

    A leading advocate of the movement, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, called on institutions and people of conscience to divest in a video recorded for the
    announcement: “Climate change is the human rights challenge of our time. We can no longer continue feeding our addiction to fossil fuels as if there is no tomorrow, for there will be no tomorrow.” He called for a freeze on all new fossil fuel exploration as the companies cannot safely burn 75% of known reserves.
    The fossil free Divest-Invest movement has grown explosively since its launch three years ago. Today’s announcement includes over 650 individuals and 180 institutions, including 50 new foundations added to the 17 who pledged in January. Together these institutions hold over $50 billion in total assets. Signers pledge to divest from fossil fuels over five years, taking a variety of approaches.
    The foundations announced today include the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, whose original endowment comes from wealth generated in the Standard Oil Company. The Fund will be divested first from coal and tar sands by the end of this year, with more to come thereafter.”
    For the full Sept 22 2014 press release from the global Divest/Invest coalition, click here.
  • Sept. 29 Toronto Event: Religious Investment Decisions

    Stained Glass

    Current Issues for Responsible Investors: A one-day workshop for religious investment decision makers.

    Location: Toronto Friends Meeting House, 60 Lowther Ave, Toronto
    Date: September 29
    Time: 9am – 2:30pm

    Featured topics:

    •  Climate change and fossil fuel investment
    • New developments in First Nations rights
    • Religious investor collaboration in Britain

    Featured speakers:

    • Edward Mason, Secretary to the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group, Church of England
    • Jane Ambachtsheer, Partner, Mercer
    • Kevin Thomas, Director of Shareholder Engagement, SHARE

    Seating is limited for this free workshop. Please RSVP to acard@share.ca if you would like to attend.

    Hosted by:

  • VIDEOS: Divestment or What? Toronto, 2014

    Fletcher Harper of GreenFaith (USA) explores the rationale for faith-based divestment with a focus on historical roots for contemporary action.
    At the 6th Annual Green Awakening Network/Greening Sacred Spaces forum on March 1 2014. With an introduction by the David MacDonald.

    Should Canadian faith communities be “faithfully disruptive” and divest from the fossil fuel industry?
    Christine Boyle of Spirited Social Change addresses this question at the 6th Annual Green Awakening Network/Greening Sacred Spaces forum on March 1 2014.

    Q & A panel with presenters at the 6th Annual Green Awakening Network / Greening Sacred Spaces forum.
    Jane Ambachtsheer, Christine Boyle, Mike Brigham, Fletcher Harper, & Monica Resendes address questions related to faith communities and fossil fuel divestment. David MacDonald moderates.

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