Petition for librarians

University of Toronto Librarians and Faculty are increasingly coming out in favour of fossil fuel divestment.

The campaign has been widely endorsed by organizations on campus, and prominent individuals associated with the university.

More than 220 librarians and faculty members have signed the open letter so far.

The President’s Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Divestment from Fossil Fuels has advised President Gertler to divest!

U of T Librarians: Sign the Open Letter

We, the undersigned University of Toronto librarians, call upon U of T to divest from direct stock holdings in the world's 200 fossil fuel companies with the largest reserves of coal, oil, and gas within the next five years.

To prevent widespread ecological and ice-sheet collapse we must limit global warming to 2 ˚C.

Scientific consensus indicates that to stay within this 2 ˚C margin, we must cap carbon dioxide emissions at 565 gigatons. Because companies currently own fossil fuel holdings sufficient to produce 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide, the risk is clear. For companies to exploit these holdings - as they are bound to by their current business model - would mean raising atmospheric carbon dioxide to very dangerous levels.

The alternative - for U of T to remain invested in fossil fuel companies - presents us with a paradox.

If a university seeks to educate extraordinary youth so they achieve the brightest possible future, what does it mean for that university to simultaneously invest in the destruction of that future?

When it comes to the future our students will live to see, there is a scientifically documented, morally clear, technologically innovative right thing to do: divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in a sustainable future.


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14Jenaya WebbPublic Services Librarian, OISE Library
13Olivia Morson
12Nicholas WorbyGovernment Information & Statistics Librarian, Robarts Reference & Research Services
11Margaret WallLibrarian, Robarts Library
10Whitney KembleLiaison Librarian, UTSC
9Jeff NewmanCollege Librarian, New College.
8Tim NeufeldtReference and Instruction Librarian, Faculty of Music Library
7walter wodchisassociate professor, institute of health policy management and evaluation
6Karen WishartEmmanuel Library, Victoria College
5Nalini SinghReference Services Coordinator, Inforum, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
4Michael BramahHead of Technical Services, John M. Kelly Library, University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto
3Ksenya KiebuzinskiHead, Petro Jacyk Central and East European Resource Centre
2Jacqueline Whyte ApplebyScholars Portal, U of T Libraries
1Elizabeth RidolfoSpecial Projects Librarian Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library