We are fighting for fossil freedom

Humans cannot burn all the fossil fuel reserves that energy companies are planning to while still staying below the critical 1.5°C above pre-industrial mean temperatures. The simplicity of this fact belies the complexity that must be engaged to reorient economies and societies globally to make real reductions in emissions. Fossil Free UW is challenging the Univerity of Waterloo community to act in their spaces and their own ways to make this happen and protect our common future.

poster on climate strike

Children from around the world are calling on us to join them in the streets to demand a safe future. A future free from more fire, drought, storms, flooding, famine. A future without climate chaos. Will we answer their call?

In what is shaping up to be the largest climate mobilization on the planet, on September 27th millions of people worldwide will be striking from school and work to demand that the climate crisis be confronted as an emergency (https://globalclimatestrike.net/).

This September, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels.

Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.

In what is shaping up to be the largest climate mobilization on the planet, on Friday, September 27th millions of people will be striking from school and work to demand that the climate crisis be confronted as the emergency that it is.

As a UWaterloo student, you can support the strike by:

  • SIGNING UP: sign up here so you can get more news
  • SPREADING THE WORD, POSTING THE POSTERS. Share this information ASAP with friends, in your classes, through your groups and networks. Connect to the Facebook event page or via social media using both #ClimateStrikeWR and #ClimateStrike
  • ENCOURAGING CLIMATE LEADERSHIP IN YOUR FACULTY & DEPARTMENT. You can ask your professors and administrators to support the strike by:
        • Informing students about the strike through department channels and in the classroom
        • Supporting student strikers by cancelling classes or not penalizing students who miss class to attend the strike
        • Putting the strike on the agenda of the first meeting of the year
        • Donating the day of pay to climate action organizations or to a political campaign
        • Passing a department-level resolution that could:
              • Express support for striking students, including communicating that they will not be penalized for missing class on September 27th
              • Close departments to encourage participation in the strike
              • Declare a climate emergency (here’s an example from Concordia), and/or adopt associated carbon reduction policies (to reduce aviation emissions, forexample)
  • PARTICIPATING IN THE STRIKE. Come to the strike on September 27th and bring along family members, friends, and neighbours