Pressure Growing With Call for Cambridge University to Divest

Students and academics alike have been ramping up the pressure for Cambridge University to divest.  Tactics have included, the occupation of the finance building and a high profile banner drop at the annual Cambridge vs Oxford Boat Race last month. 


The University Council is set to consider the issue of divestment later today (Monday 23rd April).  Hundreds of academics, scientists and authors have signed an open letter calling on Cambridge University to stop investing in fossil fuel companies, marking an escalation in the increasing bitter divestment campaign at the institution.  Signatories include Sir David King, until recently the UK’s permanent special representative for climate change, Thomas Blundell, the former president of the UK Science Council and the author Robert Macfarlane.  It is hoped the Council will move positively on the issue of divestment. 


Robert Macfarlane said “If it fails to divest, Cambridge will be on the side of dirty money over a sustainable future,” he said. “Evidence is everywhere now of companies, countries and institutions taking stands against fossil fuel investment. Why is Cambridge not following the lead of Stanford and Edinburgh universities, and of the whole of New York City?”


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