Upcoming video shoot, Glasgow divests(!), and other news

Super important points • We are shooting a video to support fundraising to expand this campaign. If you can spare us a couple of hours of your time on Saturday 25 October, please let us know. Email david.lepage@gmail.com for details. The video will also serve as a promo for the campaign, especially at UCT. • Our next …

UCT Chancellor Graça Machel on climate change

UCT Chancellor Graça Machel's speech on climate change at the closing ceremony of the UN Climate Summit last week (23 September 2014). Available on video here, starting at about minute 14. Your excellency the General Secretary of the United Nations, the President of the General Assembly, Presidents, Prime Ministers and leaders from all corners of our globe …

Letter to UCT requesting details of investments, mandates, etc

Dr Max Price – Vice-Chancellor CC: Prof Crain Soudien – Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Transformation and Social Responsiveness CC: Prof Enrico Uliana – Director of Finance CC: Peter Grant CC: Prof Mark New – Pro-Vice-Chancellor: ACDI CC: Hugh Amoore – Registrar 30 September 2014 Dear Dr Price Working together on UCT’s investment strategy Thanks again for your …

Events, screenings and our petition now online

Please sign our petition, now online, calling on UCT to divest from fossil fuels and invest in sustainable energy! Forthcoming events (download poster) 30 September, 1pm, CS203: Screening of Do the Math, documentary about global fossil fuel divestment movement 1 Oct, 1pm, Jammie Plaza: Forum discussion of divestment with the Collective 6 October, 1pm, CS203: …

Global civil society mobilises around the UN climate summit

There is a global climate summit in New York on 23 September organised by the UN. It's a one-day event at which leaders will hopefully "bring bold announcements and actions ... that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilise political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015". A huge People's Climate March is …

Sydney University freezes coal investment, and other updates

• Great news from Australia: Sydney University has frozen investment in coal. • Pitzer College is a private liberal arts college in Los Angeles which has divested completely from fossil fuels. Donald Gould, a trustee and chair of the investment committee at Pitzer College and president of Gould Asset Management, explains why, and his reasoning includes …

Updates

• Two days to go before our campaign launch at UCT on 30 July (17h30, Leslie Social Sciences 1A). Samanthan Bailey of 350.org and Mark New, UCT's pro-vice chancellor overseeing the African Climate Development Initiative, have joined our line-up of speakers. (Mark New has not actually endorsed the campaign, but we are glad that he …

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.