Come and find out more about our Fossil Free campaign THIS WEDNESDAY (29th October) @ 11-2pm outside Central Library. We will be informing people about our progress since last years petition and open consultation, and how you can get involved with the campaign this year! (There will also be food…)
See you there! 🙂
As a little preview to our screening of the exiting documentary “Do The Math” next semester here are a few numbers that all of us – even the most dyscalculic of us – should know about:
2 degrees — Almost every government in the world has agreed that any warming above a 2°C (3.6°F) rise would be unsafe. We have already raised the temperature .8°C, and that has caused far more damage than most scientists expected. A third of summer sea ice in the Arctic is gone, the oceans are 30 percent more acidic, and since warm air holds more water vapor than cold, the climate dice are loaded for both devastating floods and drought.
565 gigatons — Scientists estimate that humans can pour roughly 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and still have some reasonable hope of staying below two degrees. Computer models calculate that even if we stopped increasing CO2 levels now, the temperature would still rise another 0.8 degrees above the 0.8 we’ve already warmed, which means that we’re already 4/5 of the way to the 2 degree target.
2,795 gigatons — The Carbon Tracker Initiative, a team of London financial analysts, estimates that proven coal, oil, and gas reserves of the fossil-fuel companies, and the countries (think Venezuela or Kuwait) that act like fossil-fuel companies, equals about 2,795 gigatons of CO2, or five times the amount we can release to maintain 2 degrees of warming.
… To grasp the seriousness of the climate crisis, you just need to do a little math. Fossil fuel corporations have 5 times more oil and coal and gas in known reserves than climate scientists think is safe to burn. We have to keep 80% of their fossil fuels underground to keep the earth in livable shape!
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For more information and statistics: http://gofossilfree.org/faq/
“Divestment from select fossil fuel producers would send a powerful message to the energy industry and the nation. It would signal that America’s universities take the climate-energy challenge seriously … Adopting an investment strategy that encourages the development of renewable energy and lower-carbon fossil fuels could be an important piece of our university’s response to the coming energy challenge.”
Harvard Political Review on the Fossil Fuel Campaign “Divest for Our Future”
There’s a new trailer out for ‘Do the Math’, the new film by 350.org, the climate change campaign in the US which is spearheading the fossil free movement there. The message is simple, the maths obvious: we need to leave fossil fuel in the ground. And if oil and gas companies won’t take this step voluntarily, it’s our job to divest.
You can see the whole movie here (45 minutes long), and if you want to host a screening of the film, 350.org ask you to register it here so others can find it!
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!
IMPORTANT: We have had to have a last minute change of location for our campaign launch meeting: the campaign launch will now be happening on Monday 21st January at 5 PM in the CONFERENCE ROOM, David Hume Tower. Sorry for any confusion and hope you are still able to make it!
After the referendum last semester we’ll be taking the campaign further this semester…see our list of possible campaign demands for some of the things we’d like to push for. And join us for our campaign launch where we’ll be planning our actions! There is a facebook page for the event here.
IMPORTANT: There has been a list minute change of venue and time for this meeting: the campaign launch will now be happening at 5 PM in the CONFERENCE ROOM, David Hume Tower. Sorry for any confusion and hope you are still able to make it!
After the referendum last semester we’ll be taking the campaign further this semester…see our list of possible campaign demands for some of the things we’d like to push for. And join us for our campaign launch where we’ll be planning our actions!