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The Carbon Bubble – don’t be a fossil fool!

1 Apr

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!



University of Edinburgh launches consultation on ethical investment

12 Jan

With the 3rd largest endowment in the UK, Edinburgh University has £284 million worth of investments. The Socially Responsible Investment policy and the portfolio are currently being reviewed, and in a step that’s a first for a UK university, Edinburgh is consulting with students and staff members on the shape that this policy should take. Put simply, this is your opportunity to have a voice on the university’s huge finances!

The consultation document can be found here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.129315!/fileManager/UN%20PRI%20consultation%20paper%20January%202014.pdf

Since last year, People and Planet have been running the Responsible Investment Campaign aiming to achieve divestment from both the arms and the fossil fuel industries. In September, the university divested from Ultra Electronics on ethical grounds due to its involvement in drones manufacturing.

This event will take the form of a panel discussion with speakers including Dave Gorman, Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability, who will be presenting the consultation, EUSA representatives, People and Planet will also be outlining the Ethical Investment Campaign, and Michael Northcott of the Divinity Department will speak on ethics and investment.

There will be plenty of time for Q&A and the Sustainability Department will be handing out the consultation in order to record YOUR opinion on what the University should do with its money.

Come and have your say on the university’s finances!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/384154315064570/?fref=ts

Fossil Free Tour Comes to Edinburgh

28 Oct

This Wednesday evening the exciting Fossil Free Tour is kicking off the campaign across the UK: with a stirring talk by US environmentalist Bill McKibben, music by artist FILASTINE, and video links with Naomi Klein Desmond Tutu and Kumi Naidoo!

This is the place to come along, find out more about what’s happening with the climate and why, and most importantly – what you can do about it! This divestment campaign is getting bigger by the day, with the recent announcement by the Quakers of their divestment from fossil fuels its first mark on the UK.

Let’s make Edinburgh the next stop!

7-9 PM Wednesday 30th October, New College Assembly Hall; Book tickets at Eventbrite.

Bring everyone you know!There will also be an afterparty in Teviot Underground!