RAVEN supports fossil fuel divestment at UNB

Students at UNB and STU have started an Orange Square fossil fuel divestment campaign that RAVEN is supporting. Read more here.

The science is clear and documented in the 2018 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): we must immediately end the development of fossil fuel infrastructure and keep existing resources in the ground.

The climate crisis intersects with all justice issues. Fighting for climate action means also talking about power, capitalism, labour, space, race, social and economic inequality, discrimination and white privilege. We must take on a climate justice narrative that joins environmental activism and all struggles for liberation.

The RAVEN project advocates for responsible environmental practices and social justice for rural communities in the province. As ethical researchers, we want to practice what we preach, to ensure to the best of our abilities that the organization we work within and represent – the University of New Brunswick – also follows responsible environmental and social justice practices.

Given that our organization is a university that values science, we have a responsibility to act on what the science is clearly telling us to do to mitigate climate change, the most urgent planetary crisis of our time.

University divestment campaigns are happening globally, and UNB has a history of divestment campaigns. Building on this foundation, RAVEN is asking our university to stop investing in the fossil fuel industry. Since July 2019, we have been engaging with the senior UNB administration to request that they work with us to support the ongoing fossil fuel divestment campaign.

Many of the issues, opportunities and challenges of universities divesting from fossil fuel investments are discussed in this recent article by Jennie Stephens, Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy and Director, School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs, Northeastern University.

The independent UK publication, The Guardian, has a special section for news and analysis about fossil fuel divestment, linked here.

The National Observer collaborated with The Toronto Star, Global News, the Michener Awards Foundation, the Corporate Mapping Project and four journalism schools on “The Price of Oil” investigating the impacts of the oil and gas industry on Canadian communities. You can access the articles here.

We encourage everyone – especially in the UNB community – to learn about the IPCC recommendations and fossil fuel divestment.

Anyone in the UNB community who would like to speak publicly on this topic is welcome to join a discussion and action group to keep the campaign moving forward. Please contact us: raven.unb@gmail.com.

We will post our divestment activity updates on this page.

2019 activities

October 6 and 7: the UNB Student Union supports the divestment campaign, and RAVEN presents the campaign to the UNB Board of Governors investment committee.

September 20: RAVEN is supporting the launch of the student-led Fossil-Free UNB Orange Square campaign at this event on the UNB campus!

August 20: RAVEN communicates with the UNB board of governors re fossil fuel divestment

August 19: RAVEN’s Abram lutes publishes an article about the fossil fuel divestment campaign at Mount Allison University, including an interview with Tina Oh

August 13: RAVEN’s Abram Lutes publishes a brief history of fossil fuel divestment at UNB

July 31: RAVEN calls on UNB to end fossil fuel investments

July 30: RAVEN’s Abram Lutes publishes an article on the influence of corporations on higher education in New Brunswick