What are the Alberta oil sands?

The oil sands comprise three major oil sands deposits in the Province of Alberta, Canada. These are the largest reserves of oil on the planet outside of Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. The largest deposits are the Athabasca oil sands, located north of Edmonton centered around the town of Fort McMurray. The other two deposits are…

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Climate Pledge Collective

Campaign: Bank Switch

“Bank Switch is a campaign targeting Canadian banks – amoung the world’s biggest fossil fuel financiers. The big 5 Canadian banks have pumped over $600 Billion into fossil fuel companies since the Paris…

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Divest Canada Coalition

Campaign: Canadian Universities: Divest from Fossil Fuels

“Canada’s largest group of students calling for universities and colleges to divest from fossil fuels. This coalition of 30 groups from institutions across Canada are demanding that universities and…

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The Big Banks’ Green Bafflegab

There must be a basement somewhere on Bay Street full of English majors. Every day they churn out great reams of verbiage about “environmental, social and governance strategy” and fill annual reports with a dozen different ways to say that the big five Canadian banks care about the environment. Except the numbers tell a different…

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Global Financial Giants Swear Off Funding an Especially Dirty Fuel

This story, by Christopher Flavelle, originally appeared in the New York Times Feb 12, 2020. Some of the world’s largest financial institutions have stopped putting their money behind oil production in the Canadian province of Alberta, home to one of the world’s most extensive, and also dirtiest, oil reserves. In December, the insurance giant The Hartford…

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Digging into Oil Sands Divestment

Story originally appeared in the New York Times. By  Ian Austen Another energy story was somewhat lost this week among turmoil from protests over the natural gas pipeline construction in Wet’suwet’en territory in British Columbia. On Wednesday, BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, announced one of its fast-growing green-oriented funds would no longer put money…

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