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UCT commits to divestment

UCT students protest in favour of fossil fuel divestment, 11 March 2022. Pic: James Granelli. Eight years after we first wrote to UCT asking for divestment, the university

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Pic: A placard reading UCT your house is on fire

UCT campaign updates

Letters to the new Council in support of divestment have now been sent by: two groups of UCT academics and students, centred on the faculty

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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

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‘Climate change must be a central pillar of SA’s economic growth’

Climate change and the risks associated with it should be a key part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address. How SA chooses to respond to climate change and its impact on the country will affect economic growth and social development for decades to come, yet climate change remains sidelined by the government and key sectors that are most vulnerable to its effects.

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August research links

Our work involves ongoing research into divestment, investment, climate change, the energy transition (or lack thereof), and related issues. Henceforth, we’ll be publishing these each

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Divest Fest!

Our team is about to hit Rocking the Daisies, and this is what we’ll be asking festival-goers to do for the divestment cause –  here

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Cape Town to divest!

The City of Cape Town has committed to divesting from fossil fuels! Tucked away in a recent statement about the City’s green bonds, Mayor Patricia

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August updates

Our core campaign to persuade the University of Cape Town to divest from fossil fuels is continuing. As a result of ongoing lobbying, we expect

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Fossil Free updates

• Our full November launch schedule is now available. Check the list for details of launches in Cape Town (Nov 12), Bloemfontein (, Johannesburg, Pretoria

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Climate change is a major threat to human life and wellbeing, especially in Africa – but governments just aren’t acting fast enough. If coal, gas and

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• Two days to go before our campaign launch at UCT on 30 July (17h30, Leslie Social Sciences 1A). Samanthan Bailey of and Mark

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu supports call for University of Cape Town to divest from fossil fuels

It is the world’s wealthiest countries and people who have benefited most from the use of fossil fuels, and have contributed most to global warming. It is time we took full responsibility for our past actions. People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change. I ask UCT to examine urgently the extent of your investments in fossil fuel companies and to make a strong commitment to phasing them out as soon as possible.

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