Official versions are forthcoming on the University of Toronto’s TSpace thesis hosting platform and on paper from the Asquith Press at the Toronto Reference Library, but I see no reason not to make my PhD dissertation available as a free PDF to anyone who is interested: Persuasion Strategies: Canadian Campus Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns and […]


The first episode of Amanda Harvey-Sánchez and Julia DaSilva’s podcast about the / divestment campaign at the University of Toronto is online. This one features three organizers from the early campaign in 2012: me, Stu Basden, and Monica Resendes.

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CBC News reports: Legault’s growing number of supporters endorsed, instead, his politics of the status quo. This is a politics of more tax cuts aimed at the broad middle class and of docile environmental policies, of investments in elder care and the odd quarrel with Ottawa. … But Québec Solidaire, the progressive party that had […]


One of the most bizarre things the Trudeau government has ever said about energy and climate change is that building the Trans Mountain pipeline is necessary for the transition away from fossil fuels because it will raise the money needed to carry it out. This has always been an absurd proposition. It’s ridiculous on its […]


Further substantiation of the carbon bubble / stranded assets argument that if governments act seriously on their climate goals then a huge amount of fossil fuel investment will become worthless: Nature Climate Change study: Stranded fossil-fuel assets translate to major losses for investors in advanced economies Guardian reporting: People in US and UK face huge […]


Sydney Lang and Amanda Harvey-Sánchez have an article in the May/June issue of Briarpatch: Divestment and beyond.


Sources writing about the fossil fuel divestment movement sometimes seem to think that and “Fossil Free” are distinct organizations, despite the footer at reading “Fossil Free is a project of”. In part, this may be because of how easy it can be with to confuse branding with organizations. The clearest example […]

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The Trudeau government’s latest climate change betrayal: Federal government approves controversial Bay du Nord oil project Whatever policy tools you’re using, the measure of success or failure is whether we are deepening or escaping from our fossil fuel dependence. Once again, the Trudeau Liberals are throwing gasoline on the fire.


United Nations secretary general’s remarks on the ongoing release of the IPCC’s sixth assessment report are remarkable for their directness and candour: “Climate activists are sometimes depicted as dangerous radicals,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres during the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) news conference on Monday. “But the truly dangerous radicals are the countries […]


Students who were occupying the Roger-Gaudry Pavilion at the Universite de Montréal say the university has committed to divest from fossil fuels by 2025. The development was first announced on Facebook, and I haven’t yet seen a formal release from the school.