Promising New Developments in the Fight against Fossil Fuels

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

St. Michael & All Angels Church (south east corner of St. Clair and Wychwood, enter from Wychwood through wooden gates, come up to 2nd floor)

Speakers: Rob Shirkey, President, Our Horizon; and Stuart Basden, President, Toronto 350.org

Climate scientists tell us that to avert a global catastrophe we must stop burning the fossil fuels now powering our economies. Clearly this won’t be easy, given that most of us (as consumers or investors) are part of the equation that makes these fuels so profitable.  However, thanks to some recent developments in climate science and energy finance, that equation may be changing. Are we approaching one of those “tipping points” where small but concerted efforts can trigger a major shift?

After a brief introduction from Paul Antze on the bigger picture, we’ll hear from two speakers directly involved in efforts of this kind  -- on the consumer and investor sides of the equation respectively. Rob Shirkey will tell us about Our Horizon’s ingenious plan to turn gas-pump nozzles into reminders of the harm caused each time we fill our tanks. Stuart Basden will report on 350.org’s ongoing campaign to persuade universities to drop fossil fuel stocks from their endowments and pension funds.

Come and learn about these new developments and find out how you can help!