Petitions for UCT to divest handed over to Vice Chancellor Dr Max Price

On 21 November, students from the UCT Climate Action Project and Green Campus Initiative met with Vice Chancellor Dr Max Price to hand over in person the various letters and petitions calling for UCT to stop investing in climate change. These included: The most recent 2016 Renewed Call for UCT to divest (click if you’d …

Seminar on UCT and divestment on 17 May

On Tuesday 17 May, at 1.10pm, there will be a seminar on UCT and fossil fuel divestment, in EGS Studio 5, Upper Campus. The event is co-hosted by the African Development Development Initiative, Climate Action Society, Green Campus Initiative and Fossil Free UCT. Background: Following urging from Fossil Free UCT, the UCT Council decided in 2015 …

David Le Page wins the Eco-Warrior category in the 2015/16 Enviropaedia Eco-Logic Awards

So last night I won the Eco-Warrior category of the Enviropaedia 2015/16 Eco-Logic Awards. Many, many thanks to everyone who has supported Fossil Free South Africa and Fossil Free UCT, especially Robert Zipplies (who screened the doccie that spawned the idea and helped boost everything to a new level by formalising and fundraising for the …

Submission to Parliament on the South African negotiating position for the UNFCCC COP 21 climate change negotiations in Paris

Parliament held public hearings on climate change on 22/23 September, and Fossil Free South Africa made a submission to the hearings. This is the full text of our submission, which we presented in person as well, in slightly abbreviated form. Introduction Honourable chairperson, honourable members of the portfolio committee, negotiators, comrades, molweni nonke. I represent …

Some recent climate and divestment headlines

Norway confirms $900bn sovereign wealth fund's major coal divestment  "Norway’s parliament has formally endorsed the move to sell off coal investments from its $900bn sovereign wealth fund, the world’s biggest. It is the largest fossil fuel divestment yet, affecting 122 companies across the world, and marking a new success for the fast-growing and UN-backed climate change …