Our philosophy


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.


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.