Red ribbons were placed all around Cambridge, warning of the devastating human impacts of climate change, and demanding that the University divest from fossil fuels.
The action took place on the Divestment Day of Action across the country, as the culmination of the activist network People & Planet’s Go Green Week.
This week sought to emphasise the intersectional nature of climate change, with the Global South being hit hardest by drought, while communities of colour are most vulnerable while it comes to extreme weather. These were just two of the ‘red lines’ being protested, reflecting limits of 1.5°C, indigenous rights and climate compensation, among others, that are being overridden by the Paris Agreement and by institutions investing in fossil fuels.
This was one of the issues raised at the Cambridge Union’s divestment debate last night, as union members voted overwhelmingly for the motion ‘This House Would Divest From Fossil Fuels’.