https://www.facebook.com/edunipeopleandplanet?fref=tsToday people gathered from across the world to demand a fossil free future – one that is free from the injustices of climate change, exacerbated by our continued investment in fossil fuels. Students and staff at Edinburgh University gathered to increase pressure on the university’s ongoing discussions on fossil fuel divestment, looking to reach a critical stage in the next month. The University of Edinburgh continues to invest over £30 million of it’s endowment fund in fossil fuel companies. This is not a sustainable, ethical or socially responsible use of such funds. We demand the university to:
– Immediately freezes any new investment in fossil fuel companies.
– Divests from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years. (By fossil fuel companies we refer to the index of the top 200 fossil fuel companies: http://tinyurl.com/nydvfjg
Action cards were signed, chants were sung and a big model of the Earth was attempted to be kept in the people’s hands, whilst ‘oil monsters’ tried to undermine our efforts…Check out photos from our action here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ricjl/sets/72157650732921726/
And tweet the university today and tomorrow: @Edinburghuni #divest
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! 🙂
We have renewed our call for Edinburgh University to divest from fossil fuels this April 1st – fossil fool’s day!
We have made a video explaining the carbon bubble and why we should get university’s money out of the fossil fuel industry!
The fossil fuel divestment movement is truly gathering strength accross the globe. Today the President, Editor-in-Chief, Senior Clinical Lecturer and Director of the British Medical Journal have written an editorial on Climate Change and Human Survival which calls for divestment from fossil fuel companies on the grounds of human health.
So what can health professionals do? Firstly, we should push our own organisations (universities, hospitals, primary care providers, medical societies, drug and device companies) to divest from fossil fuel industries completely and as quickly as possible, reinvest in renewable energy sources, and move to “renewable” energy suppliers. Secondly, we should each use whatever influence we have to change the minds and behaviour of others who are in positions of influence.
Thirdly, we need to build an alliance of medical and other health professionals to speak clearly to the public, the media, governments, and intergovernmental bodies to provide a strong and unified message—that climate change is real and is the result of human activity; that it is already affecting people around the world and is the greatest current threat to human health and survival; and that there are many positive and practical things we can do systematically and at scale to avert its worst effects.
Read more here: http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g2351