Article by Olivia Goldin - UCL student and Fossil Free UCL member
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On 5th -13th May 2017, thousands of people around the world will be taking part in a Global Divestment Mobilisation - to highlight the devastating impacts of our institutions investments in fossil fuels and demand they do the right thing: divest!
Good news! Divest Parliament - the campaign to get our MP’s pension fund out of fossil fuels - gained its first big win this week, as the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund (PCPF) has made its major investments public for the first time ever!
Well done to students and Fossil Free campaigners at both the University of Bristol and King’s College London. In both cases it took 3 years of creative, public campaigning, engagement with university staff and escalation to succeed. Now the hard work begins!
Days after 30+ organization sent a letter to NYC Mayor DeBlasio supporting divestment from DAPL, and 100+ New Yorkers took action urging divestment from all fossil fuels, the NYC Mayor and Comptroller speak out against funding dirty pipelines with NYC pension investments
Divest London have today revealed that Sadiq Khan’s City Hall is investing millions in controversial and destructive fossil fuel projects across the world, including the Dakota Access and Kinder Morgan pipelines.
A majority vote was passed in the Irish Parliament on first-of-its-kind fossil fuel divestment legislation. Ireland now has the historic opportunity to become the first country in the world to fully divest its sovereign wealth fund from coal, oil and gas.
Today we did something huge. Over a thousand students from 25 campuses walked out in the largest student action of the Trump era. This is only the beginning. Join us in continuing to hold our institutions accountable to protecting our futures.
The resistance to Trump is built on hope -- and today we have more reason to hope than any day since November 9th. Tomorrow we need to keep building it.
Following less than a year of campaigning students in Liège have convinced the University of Liège (ULg) to divest all direct holdings from fossil fuels and freeze any new investments in fossil fuels.