Divest McGill fights on

Amina Moustaqim-Barrette and other Divest McGill members during a protest in February 2014.
Amina Moustaqim-Barrette and other Divest McGill members during a protest in February 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Friday, May 23rd, three students and one faculty member, representing the climate justice campaign Divest McGill, met with Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University Suzanne Fortier. They discussed fossil fuel divestment for the school’s endowment. The group requested this meeting in order to gain her support and a better understanding of the principal’s stance on divestment, but Ms Fortier made it clear that this issue was not on the school’s priority list. McGill University invests in 645 publicly traded corporations. Fourteen of them are involved in the tar sands, while thirty-five others are among the world’s largest fossil fuel corporations. But in the words of Divest McGill, it is not an investment if it is wrecking the planet. We talk to Amina Moustaqim-Barrette from Divest McGill and Andre Beslisle from the Association Quebecoise de Lutte Contre la Pollution Atmospherique.

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