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Chalmers is first Swedish University to divest

Brilliant news, just in. The first Swedish university has announced it is divesting from coal, oil and gas! Chalmers University of Technology has long been a university showing leadership on sustainability – and now they’re selling assets in fossil fuels worth almost 5 million SEK. The Swedish divestment movement is gaining momentum rapidly and making (More...)

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The Great Deflation

Some thoughts and updates on the financial situation as it relates to the Carbon Bubble, and what it means for the divestment movement and divestment campaigns. Not all bubbles pop in the same way – that is, not all bubbles are created equal. We may not see a steep and dramatic drop in the stock (More...)

BP will never go ‘Beyond Petroleum’ admits Porritt

Jonathon Porritt, one of the UK’s most respected environmental leaders, has publicly announced the end of  decade long corporate partnerships between his Forum for the Future institute and both Shell and BP.    He believes it is impossible for today’s oil and gas majors to adapt in “a timely and intelligent way to the imperative of (More...)

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2015 – the fossil fuel endgame begins

This article was originally published on The Ecologist. 2014 was the hottest year on record. It was also the year, the industry that’s driving the warming came under unprecedented fire. As temperatures rise, so does the climate movement! At the climate talks in Lima in December, politicians were for the first time talking about a (More...)

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What Are Your Predictions for Divestment in 2015? Here Are A Few of Ours…

What a year it’s been. If you had asked us if we would have seen divestment rising, this movement with legs that started running all over the People’s Climate March, COP talks in Lima, and the fossil fuel industry’s defensive rhetoric, I don’t know if we could have guessed that exactly. But together we’ve believed (More...)

This is What An Invitation Looks Like

This is an invitation. Five years ago, I was a high school junior sequestered away from global politics and carbon anxiety on Maine’s ragged coastline.  News from the Copenhagen Climate Summit, however, navigated its way through jutting peninsulas and shoddy internet to my farm-school in Wiscasset.  Normally tasked with scrubbing toilets or feeding dew-soaked sheep, (More...)

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Diary of an Activist

For anyone who’s ever felt powerless in the face of climate change: do yourself a favor and watch this lovely & wise autobiographical video by NYU Divest activist Costanza Maio. Really, it’s great: (More...)

First College in the Pacific Islands Divests from Fossil Fuels

As another set of uninspiring UN climate negotiations has come to a close in Lima, the first university in the Pacific Islands, the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI), has just voted unanimously to divest from fossil fuel companies. The Republic of the Marshall Islands comprises over 1,000 small, low-lying islands that are home to (More...)

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Kangaroos to defeat climate bomb?

By Nicolas Haeringer French bank Société Générale has announced it’s withdrawing from the Alpha Coal mega-coal mine in Australia. This “climate bomb” – an open mine in the Galilee basin (central Queensland) alone would  “produce 6% of the carbon necessary to take the planet past a 2°C temperature rise,” says Bill McKibben.   If the (More...)

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Jönköping University takes important step forward

By Fossil Free Jönköping University On Tuesday, the University of Jönköping, Sweden, decided to change their investment policy whereby direct investments in fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas from now on are excluded. Jönköping University is the first university in the country that take a clear stand in the issue and has begun work (More...)

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