Write to your MSP!

22 May

Alison Johnstone MSP, who visited our occupation to offer her support last week, has tabled a motion in Parliament supporting the campaign. You can read it here.

So far, 6 MSPs have added their name to it in support. We have drafted a template e-mail that you can send to your MSPs to ask them to do the same.

You can find the contact details of your MSPs here.
And you can download the letter here: MSP-letter You can also copy and paste the text from below.

Please feel free to copy us in to any e-mail you send, and please forward us on any useful responses! Our e-mail address is peopleandplaneted@gmail.com

Dear MSP,

I’m asking for your support in signing this motion: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx?SearchType=Advance&ReferenceNumbers=S4M-13235&ResultsPerPage=10

11 days ago, the University of Edinburgh announced that, despite a 3-year long campaign and a worldwide movement, it would not move its millions of pounds of investments out of fossil fuels. I don’t need to tell you that climate change is the biggest threat we’ve ever faced, or that the fossil fuel industry are the biggest barrier to tackling it – but it would seem that Edinburgh University disagree.

10 days ago, students of the University occupied Charles Stewart House, demanding that the University reverse its decision and take meaningful action; demanding that the University take its responsibilities seriously and stop funding climate change.

Over the course of the occupation, the students have been endorsed and visited by the director of the World Wildlife Fund Scotland, Friends of the Earth Scotland, several MSPs, and the Nobel Laureate author of the 2007 IPCC report on climate change. Richard Dixon, director of FoE Scotland, described the occupation as “on the frontline of the fight for climate justice.” Dozens of events, talks, protests, die-ins, gigs and pickets outside the occupation have attracted thousands of students, staff and members of the community to support the campaign.

Unfortunately, the response from the University could hardly have been worse. They have commissioned private security guards to block access to the building, and to threaten and intimidate the student protesters. On Thursday, a guard was arrested after being filmed slamming a protester to the ground and strangling them.

A motion has been tabled in Parliament to support the campaign, urging the University of Edinburgh to recognise the urgency and seriousness of climate change by divesting from fossil fuels, and support the students putting their bodies on the line to fight for it. I’m asking you to add your name to it: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx?SearchType=Advance&ReferenceNumbers=S4M-13235&ResultsPerPage=10

Please also e-mail the University to raise your concerns:
Gavin Douglas, gavin.douglas@ed.ac.uk, is the University Vice-Principal who is dealing with the security posted to the protest.
Charlie Jeffery, charlie.jeffery@ed.ac.uk, is the Senior Vice-Principal, who is in charge of the decision over divestment.
Tim o’Shea, principal@ed.ac.uk, is the University Principal and Vice-Chancellor.



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