About us

OUR CHALLENGE

Climate change is the defining issue of of our generation. Although a body of research 50 years old has studied and characterized the issue, there remain huge uncertainties about the outcomes and severity of pushing the global energy balance too far outside equilibrium. We’re already seeing effects such sea level rise, arctic pack ice reduction, higher mean temperatures, more severe and frequent storms, desertification, and so on. These changes disproportionately effect populations that are both low emitters and more vulnerable to damage due to a changing climate.

Our challenge is to facilitate discussions and decisions at the University of Waterloo that position various communities within the University to contribute to progress in emissions reductions to control the carbon budget before it passes its critical point.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

VISION

Fossil Free UW envisions a University of Waterloo that is leading Canada in the technological, economic, and social transformation toward a carbon-neutral future.

We envision a community which acknowledges the scientific consensus on the need to establish a carbon budget and recognizes the injustices experienced by communities acutely affected by climate change and the fossil fuels industry.

Our vision is an engaged and knowledgeable campus that uses our diverse areas of influence and expertise to take meaningful action toward an equitable and sustainable future.

MISSION

Fossil Free UW facilitates learning, discussion, decision-making, and action to make our campus a climate justice leader.

We work toward fossil fuel divestment as a first step in engaging the campus community to take ownership of decisions about our funds and our futures currently being made by others on our behalf.

We support and contribute to other local grassroots efforts for sustainability and environmental justice. We recognize the frontline work being done by  indigenous communities whose land we all occupy and strive to be effective allies in their intertwined fight for survival, self-determination, and environmental stewardship.