As the climate crisis becomes more and more imminent, environmental issues have become an increasing priority for students across Quebec, Canada, and the world. Students across McGill campus are actively engaging with topics of sustainability, whether that be through social activism, skill-sharing, urban gardening and more. The SSMU Environment Committee has compiled a list of groups that identify as part of McGill's sustainability community.
Climate change stands at the intersection of environmental stewardship and social justice, and the SSSMU has made concrete steps towards climate justice in the past through work on fossil fuel divestment and climate policy advocacy. These efforts have been guided by the Sustainability Policy, the Equity Policy, and motions such as the Motion Regarding a Greener McGill, Motion Regarding Support for Indigenous Peoples and Allies, and the Motion Regarding Climate Justice at McGill. We are currently in the process of consulting with different groups in order to create a specific policy on climate change.
There are currently large pipeline projects being proposed or built in the province of Quebec, examples being the Enbridge reversal of Line9B and Trans Canada's Energy East pipeline. These pipeline projects will bring tar sands crude across the country, risking spills and ignoring the scientific community's call to keep 80% of fossil fuels underground. In order to properly lobby against these projects, the SSMU has joined Coalition ECO (Students against pipelines). Alongside ECO, we plan many events such as demonstrations and conferences.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), United Nations, 2014, IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Syntesis