Climate Emergency Petition

Climate Action at the University of Alberta has launched a cross-Canada petition calling on all universities to sign a global letter of climate emergency. This letter was initiated in July 2019 by a number of higher education associations and the United Nations Environment Program. We are seeking signatures from all members of the university communities: students, continuing faculty, sessional teaching staff, support and research staff, post-docs, professors emeriti, and alumni.

Please sign the petition and forward the links to your colleagues, student associations, faculty associations, graduate students, and staff members–both in your own institution and elsewhere in Canada.

The deadline for signing is August 28, 2020. After that, we will send the petition to university presidents, Universities Canada, and media outlets.

Together, we can have an impact on the direction of our universities.

As of July 21, 2020, the Global Climate Letter has been signed by 259 higher education institutions from around the world, as well as by 60 networks representing approximately 16,282 institutions. In Canada, 14 post-secondary institutions have so far signed the letter (12 in Quebec and 2 in BC). Post-secondary Education Institutions that have signed the letter to date include: (The date in parentheses indicates the date by which the institution commits to being carbon-neutral.)
(158) Université de Sherbrooke (2030)
(171) Université du Québec à Montréal (2040)
(176) École de Technologie Supérieure (TBC)
(177) Bishop’s University (2050)
(178) HEC Montreal (2040)
(179) Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (2050)
(180) Université Laval (carbon neutral now)
(181) Concordia University in Montreal (2050)
(182) Cegep de Sherbrooke (TBC)
(193) Kwantlen Polytechnic, BC (2050)
(197) Polytechnique Montreal (2050)
(205) Selkirk College, BC (2030)
(227) Université de Montréal (2040)
(229) Vanier College (TBC)
The York University Faculty Association (YUFA) is calling on the university leadership to declare a climate emergency. Click here for their statement.
On December 5, 2019, the President and Board of Governors at the University of British Columbia adopted a statement of climate emergency.