We're (still) calling on UCT to divest

UCT's Convocation, the body comprising all alumni and academic staff, meets on Thursday 12 December 2019 at Kramer Building Lecture Theatre 1, Middle Campus at 17h00 for 17h30. For the second time, we will be proposing a motion on divestment.  If you're a UCT alumnus or academic staff member, you're eligible to offer a (non-binding) vote in favour …

How (the hell) do I divest from fossil fuels, and a sorry cautionary tale

A friend just asked me on Facebook: How would you advise people to handle disinvestment with their financial advisors in terms of the funds they are invested in? Would it be a simple "switch all funds out of fossil fuels"...something like that? Quick answer... If you want to see truly ethical and responsible investment funds …

Financing the Future Webinar

The following message was published by the Financing the Future Steering committee: Earlier this month in Cape Town, Financing the Future brought together over 300 leaders from 44 countries focusing on the intersection of climate justice, finance, energy access and social justice. It was a remarkable event that featured leaders from faith-based institutions, governments, NGOs, foundations, academia, environmental and human …

“The future of finance must be clean” – historic Cape Town summit closes

Huge momentum on divesting from fossil fuels as unprecedented faith based commitments join a strong statement against shareholder engagement strategies  11 September, 2019 Cape Town, South Africa: Working together over two days at the global ‘Financing the Future Summit’ advocates made several commitments that give real power to the fight against climate change, and build …

Global Climate Strike: It’s Time To Stand With The Kids

On 20 September, the youth of Cape Town will take to the streets for the third time this year to protest the SA Government’s lack of action on the climate emergency: South Africa is warming at a rate nearly double the global average. Learners from around 50 schools across the city mobilised by the African Climate Alliance will be …

Positive visions: The climate opportunity

Dealing comprehensively with the climate crisis arguably demands cultural, political and social changes that run far deeper than just dropping coal power in favour of wind and solar. Part of this is that the world needs to move away from an extractivist economic model towards a restorative economic model. This insight is beginning to inform political thought that links …

Gwede Mantashe: The Minister for Economic Destruction and Human Under-development?

As our new Minister of Mineral and Energy Resources fights to keep our economy in the dark ages, aided and abetted by a media sector credulous enough to repeat 'clean coal' rhetoric,* it's worth trying to get a sense of the full damage being done. As a Minister, his duty is to a Constitution that …

Climate-Proofing Retirement Funds: first thoughts

We held our first-ever 'Climate-Proofing Retirement Funds' events in Cape Town and Johannesburg this week, focused on asset owners, particularly retirement fund boards. We were honoured to host Fiona Reynolds, CEO of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, as a keynote speaker at both events. LINK TO ALL PRESENTATION VIDEOS Our Johannesburg event was 80% …