Weekly Newsletter

Below we have past and future events, volunteering opportunities and different ways in which you can get involved!

Thanks to our volunteers these past weeks, we have been able to register hundreds of students to vote in the upcoming federal election. At our booth that has been in the ARC, we have been able to answer questions people have concerning voting and give people the tools to make an informed decision. Our booth will be set up at least 5 days a week until voting day. If you would like to help people register to vote during week of October 7th please fill out the form here.

On September 27th 2019, thanks to the support of the Queen’s community, QBACC had approximately 1,500 to 2,000 people attend our rally and march. Our protest was centered around four demands, retrofitting existing buildings, mandatory Indigenous awareness and sensitivity training, better waste diversion systems and to have Queen’s divest it’s funds from fossil fuels. Attendees consisted of Queen’s professors, staff, students and alumni, with a strong turnover from members of the Kingston public, all committed to having Queen’s take stronger action against climate change. We heard from professors, musicians and activists all raising awareness of the ecological and economic dangers of climate change. Following the rally, the president of QBACC, Nick Lorraway and divestment outreach coordinator Sam Green addressed the board of trustees concerning a policy change that would advance the divestment movement. The rally had a significant impact on their ability to be heard and taken seriously. Together we proved that when we create a collect voice, action can occur!

With homecoming approaching, we are putting a theory to the test! A commonly held psychological theory is that when an environment is clean people are less likely to worsen the environment. When people see a dirty environment, they feel less guilty about making it worse. As many of you know, homecoming produces a great among of litter especially on Aberdeen St. QBACC will be combating this by cleaning up Aberdeen street before homecoming and setting up bins to reduce litter. We know the problem of litter is one that many students and faculty care about and if this volunteer opportunity interests you – sign up to volunteer before homecoming, during homecoming and after homecoming!

As a result of the strike we received over 100 new general members, all eager to contribute to taking sustainable action against climate change. If you are a new member please fill out this form which will allow us to see what times you are available to volunteer with us. If you are not yet apart of our general member group, please click here. If you would sign our divestment petition, please click on this link: https://campaigns.gofossilfree.org/petitions/divest-queen-s-from-fossil-fuels Share it with your friends and like the Divestment page here! As always, if you have an idea, email us at www.queensbacc@gmail.com and we’ll see what we can do about implementing it. We want you and your ideas. Climate change will only be solved by coming together and working towards socially beneficial solutions. Your QBACC team www.qbacc.org queensbacc@gmail.com Queen’s University sits on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.

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