The climate crisis is a serious threat to current and future generations here in Canada and around the world. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report found that global warming is already causing costly disruption of human and natural systems throughout the world including the melting of Arctic ice, the ocean’s rise in acidity, flooding and drought. Almost 141 countries around the world have agreed through the 2009 Copenhagen Accord that any warming above a 2°C rise would be unsafe, and that humans can only pour about 565 gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere before surpassing this limit. In its “Unburnable Carbon” report, the Carbon Tracker Initiative found that fossil fuel companies already possess fossil fuel reserves that would release approximately 2,795 gigatons of CO2 if they are burned, which is five times the amount that can be released without exceeding 2°C of warming.

Students at universities and colleges across Canada have launched campaigns to have their institution divest from fossil fuel companies.