Kevin Coldrey: A personal South African divestment story

I am an economist by training and worked in the industry for almost a decade before making the decision to change career paths. I am currently furthering my studies, this time focusing on climate change and sustainable development. I hope to use my experience in the corporate sector to drive the change that is needed, …

Fossil Free South Africa launches in Cape Town

On Wednesday 12 November, we had our first of several launches for the expanded Fossil Free South Africa campaign at the Mountain Club in central Cape Town. Around 80 guests gathered to hear Mpho Tutu, director of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, talk about her experience of the anti-apartheid divestment campaign of which her …

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 …

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 …

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.