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.

Fossil Free UCT campaign launches 30 July

The launch event for the UCT fossil fuel divestment campaign will be on 30 July, from 5.30-7pm, in Leslie Social Sciences 1A. Speakers will include Jolynn Minnaar, director of the award-winning fracking documentary, Unearthed, and associate professor Richard Calland of the UCT Law Faculty. For the hungry, a light supper will be provided.

Go fossil free South Africa – campaign update

We are planning to launch our UCT divestment campaign on campus on 30 July 2014, at 17h30. Details to follow... Stanford University has announced that it is withdrawing all its coal investments. The fossil fuel divestment movement is gaining ground in the US state of Massachusetts. A British parliamentary committee has warned the UK government …

Desmond Tutu: ‘We need an apartheid-style boycott to save the planet’

Published in the Guardian, 10 April 2014 Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse. No more can it be dismissed as science fiction; we are already feeling the effects. This is why, no matter where you live, it is appalling …