Archive | March, 2013

SIGN THE PETITION!

18 Mar

Please show your support for our campaign by signing our petition!

“We want the University of Edinburgh to create a robust responsible investment policy that screens out fossil fuels and the arms trade, and makes the investment process more responsible, accountable and democratic.”

If you could encourage others to sign that would be highly appreciated – the University of Edinburgh has a very real chance to lead in the field of responsible, ethical, and sustainable investment – but they need nudging!

If you’re up for helping us further, you can download and print a copy of the Petition and collect signatures for us. Contact us and we can pick these up!

History of U.S. Drones

16 Mar

History of U.S. Drones | Understanding Empire.

An interesting blog site about drones from a Glasgow-based academic.

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Ministers’ oil industry ties prop up high-carbon policy, report alleges | Business | The Guardian

13 Mar

Ministers’ oil industry ties prop up high-carbon policy, report alleges | Business | The Guardian.

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Drone Wars UK

12 Mar

Drone Wars UK.

Some useful info on drones, and on UK involvement with them

Current Edinburgh Investments

11 Mar

We have compiled a spreadsheet of all the university’s investments showing their value, the trade in which the company specialises and any issues within the company. This research has revealed some more shocking facts about the university’s investments which will shortly be added to the list below. Click here to view the investment portfolio.

350.org – Pacific Warriors

1 Mar

Malo ni!

My name is Mikaele Maiava. I’m writing from the Pacific Island archipelago of Tokelau to ask you to join with us in action as we take on the fossil fuel industry.

Last October, Tokelau turned off the last of its diesel generators. In their place, we switched on our solar plants, making Tokelau the first country in the world to become 100% renewably-powered.

I woke up before sunrise that day, excited about the history Tokelau was making. My whole village made its way to the site of over 100 solar panels — we could see the many hours of hard labor that had gone into this project. As we counted down to the switch, I could feel future generations smiling at us and thanking us. Our children’s future suddenly looked brighter because we had the vision (and perseverance) necessary to get off fossil fuels and switch to 100% renewable energy.

You might wonder why we bothered. Aren’t we doomed to lose our islands from sea-level rise? I don’t blame you for thinking that if you did. So often the global media victimises the Pacific Islands and portrays us as helplessly succumbing to climate change and rising seas. But the global media know nothing of who we really are, or how it feels to live on these paradise islands we call home. They don’t know that as Pacific Islanders, we are warriors, and that the land we live on is part of us.

We know that the longer the fossil fuel industry gets its way, the worse climate change will be, and the more sea-level rise will threaten our islands. But giving up on our home is not an option. We are not drowning. We are fighting.

That’s why on March 2nd, Pacific Islanders across 15 diverse nations will be mobilising at prominent locations to perform our unique war challenges, songs, and dances. We’ll be laying down a challenge to the fossil fuel industry. It is their coal and oil and gas vs. our future. They cannot both coexist. And it is our future that has to win.

[2]In this moment, and in the years to come, we need you to walk beside us. Because we live far away from the mines and power plants that threaten our future, we need the world’s solidarity. Click here to stand with us during this weekend of Pacific Warrior climate action!

We want to show the world that people from countries and cultures everywhere are standing with us — the Pacific Warriors — in the fight against climate change.

Fakafetai lahi,
Thank you,
Mikaele Maiava

References

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1. http://act.350.org/go/2775?t=1001&akid=2770.594254.9Hi3dE 2. http://act.350.org/go/2775?t=1002&akid=2770.594254.9Hi3dE