It complicates the process of completing my PhD dissertation, but there has been highly encouraging movement from administrations targeted by fossil fuel divestment campaigns. While McGill has again said no, Concordia and UBC have pledged to go beyond their prior partial commitments and entirely divest from fossil fuels:
- Concordia University Foundation to divest and aim for 100% sustainable investments by 2025
- UBC board declares climate emergency and will examine how to fully divest from fossil fuel companies
The movement has generally had a hard time in Canada, perhaps because of the size and influence of the fossil fuel industry.
I’m working this week on finishing my NVivo coding of interviews, then moving on next week to finishing the literature review. Spending the rest of the month working on a finalized and complete manuscript, I will need to make sure to mention new developments without expressing false confidence about my ability to explain something which happened so recently and which I don’t have independent data about.