Student pressure group People & Planet took to the offices of advocacy organisation Universities UK (UUK) on Thursday, in a campaign against British universities’ investments in fossil fuels companies.
Students had already delivered a petition to the organisation, signed by 15,000 people. People & Planet therefore descended on the UUK headquarters in Tavistock Square, London, in an effort to drive engagement on the issue.
The group is asking UUK to make a statement on the Fossil Free campaign, which is asking UK universities to drop the £5.2 billion they have invested in high-carbon energy companies, and put the case for divestment on the top of the agenda for the next meeting with vice-chancellors.
Miriam Wilson, a Glasgow University studenT, said, “As we continue to gather momentum, students are planning to take more action on their campuses and beyond.”
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Earlier this month, academics from the University of Oxford publicly called for the school to ditch its £3.8 billion endowment of investments in fossil fuel companies and took part in a large demonstration in support of divestment.
The divestment movement has gained much support in the US among a growing number of universities, religious institutions and local authorities, with the city of Oakland announcing plans on Tuesday for it to become the fifth fossil-free city in California.
Photo: Fossil Free UK via Twitter