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2014-04-01 at 14:54

Out of oil

By Jamie Smith,
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Lakehead University should drill for oil on campus.

At least that's one tongue-in-cheek idea being floated by a group of students called Fossil Free Lakehead, part of an international campus movement to get schools to divest funds from big oil and put that money towards green-economy corporations with a social conscience.

The group even had a make-shift fracking rig set up in the Agora Tuesday morning and handed out "free fracking fluid", which was actually coffee but definitely made students turn their heads on the way to class.

"We're calling it fossil fools day," member Natalie Gerum said. "Canada is becoming a fossil fool on the international scene in terms of its inaction on climate change and its insistence on expanding the tar sands."

The group is asking the Lakehead Board of Governors to stop investing in the energy sector. University students are taught to think critically and engage in social issues. The school itself should do the same. Gerum said it's disaster capitalism.

"We don't think it's right to profit from climate change and the climate crisis," she said.

If not, then the school should explore other options.

"Let's just drill right here at Lakehead," Gerum joked.



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S Duncan says:

These people are too funny!
4/1/2014 3:46:52 PM
richtbay says:
Oh look, another delusional campaign at Lakehead spawned from fear and lies propagated on the Internet. Aren't we too busy dismantling the evil rape culture and searching for a guy in the jungles of Uganda? It's a good thing all these initiatives just result in local media airtime and accomplish nothing.
4/1/2014 5:27:43 PM
pc says:
"We don't think it's right to profit from climate change and the climate crisis," she said.

So David Suzuki and his crowd should not profit from the climate crisis either. Look at the money they are making spreading fear about the polar bears drowning, the arctic ice cap melting at an alarming rate. He even had children scared by having Santa say "send money so I will not be homeless."
Are the students willing to give up their computers, iphones, ipads? These are made from oil products.
Even the coffee they used in the demonstration was brought there by oil consuming ships and trucks.
Think of this cold winter and how cold they would be depending on solar power for heat and cooking. We just have not had enough sun to rely on those means, and the wind farms are not set up to take over 24/7 for the entire area of Toronto let alone the rest of Ontario.
Complaining about the rising costs of education? Use protest time to study and get out a year earlier and enter the real world.
4/2/2014 8:08:49 AM
Just Sayin' says:
Luckily Lakehead does anything but invest in businesses. The only businesses that have come out of there are bankrupt. They hardly train qualified graduates let alone are able to work with real businesses. Just look at the students who think their University invests in "oil companies" as an example.
4/2/2014 11:54:55 AM
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