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Student group's push to get Lakehead out of fossil fuel investment continues

THUNDER BAY -- A campaign to get Lakehead University to divest from fossil fuels continues to grow the student union says.

THUNDER BAY -- A campaign to get Lakehead University to divest from fossil fuels continues to grow the student union says.

Fossil Free Lakehead wants to school to become one of the first in Canada to divest funds form the fossil fuel industry and put that money in more ethically and environmentally friendly initiatives. LUSU sustainability coordinator Mike Bird said its about morals more than economics, although with the state of the current oil industry it might make more financial sense in the future as well.

"It isn't just about economics its about morality it's about doing what's right," he said.

The organization was in the Agora Thursday to hand out cupcakes and raise more awareness for the campaign, which has so far attracted more than 250 student signatures and more than 60 faculty and staff.

"This isn't the university's journey alone but they do need to demonstrate leadership," Bird said.

The group is hoping to speak with the school's board of governors at the end of the month.

"I'm optimistic and I think they'll be reasonable," he said.





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