UBC students end hunger strike following institutional commitment to fossil fuel divestment

January 14, 2020

A group of students at the University of British Columbia ended their hunger strike on Friday following an institutional promise to fully divest the school's $1.7B endowment fund of fossil fuel investments. Last month, UBC's board of governors passed a resolution supporting the divestment of its endowment fund from the fossil fuel industry, but some students did not think the university's commitment to 'support' divestment went far enough. The eight participating students, all members of the climate advocacy group Extinction Rebellion UBC, ended the week-long strike following statements from UBC officials. "UBC is committed to full divestment as soon as possible, and we are taking the necessary steps to realize this now," said UBC President Santa Ono. CBC | Vancouver Sun (BC)