On April 30th over 250 students, academics, staff and members of the local community marched through the streets of Cambridge, calling on the University to fully divest from the fossil fuel industry. Speakers included Alice Guillaume (Zero Carbon Campaigns Officer), Revd Jeremy Caddick (Dean and Chaplain of Emmanuel College), Oscar Gillespie (local Green Councillor) and Daniel Zeichner (Cambridge Labour MP). Additionally, our petition with over 2100 signatures was handed to the Senate House. Over the past year, the pressure has mounted, and it will continue to do so until our University stops investing in devastation.
This was a huge moment for our campaign – a big thank you to everyone who attended!
For more info, check out these articles in Varsity and the Cambridge News.
(Also, if you haven’t already, you can sign our petition here.)
Our Open Letter from academics, student groups, alumni and others affiliated with the University of Cambridge has received over 100 signatures – and can be accessed here.
If you are an academic, student group, alumni, staff member or affiliated with the University of Cambridge and would like to add your name to our open letter, please get in touch! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Zero Carbon Society has released its official report outlining the case for divestment at the University of Cambridge, which can be accessed here. This 74-page report is the product of months of research by a team of committed students, members of the Zero Carbon Society.
Foreword from Dr Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury & Master of Magdalene College):
“This document is a very remarkable achievement in itself, representing a fusion of serious and wide-ranging research, lucid argument and moral passion. As such, it is a worthy product of Cambridge at its best – and what it does is to appeal to Cambridge at its best. If we claim, as we rightly do, that a good university is an institution that poses large and serious questions to society overall, and that seeks to shape minds and lives which are not passive, conformist and afraid of responsibility, then the issues raised in these pages are a proper matter for the University and the Colleges to consider.”
This report will be submitted for consideration by a working group of the Advisory Committee on Benefactions and External and Legal Affairs (ACBELA), which will to submit its own report of recommendations to the University Council on 23rd May this year.
Check out this article in Varsity for more information on the release of our report.
Check out our Facebook event here.
Join Zero Carbon on Saturday the 30th of April at lunchtime as we march for Cambridge University to step up and play a positive role in our future by divesting from fossil fuels. Over the course of this campaign we have dropped banners, drawn red lines, popped carbon bubble balloons and reached over 2000 signatures on our petition. This march is the culmination of our efforts to pressure the university into taking the decision to divest as the working group on ethical investment concludes. EVERYONE is welcome, please invite your friends!
It is more important than ever that the people of Cambridge – students, lecturers, citizens, businesses and societies and groups of all stripes – make clear that we support divestment from fossil fuels and use this last opportunity to make our voices heard to actually bring about change.
A decision here will reverberate across the globe. Let’s make sure the University of Cambridge joins Warwick, Edinburgh, Glasgow, LSE, the British Medical Association, the Church of England and many others in standing up for a sustainable future, in solidarity with the lives and livelihoods of those already being affected devastatingly by climate change, by revoking the social license of the fossil fuel industry to continue to destroy the planet. #DivestCambridge #FossilFree
START: Magdalene Bridge (TBC) 12pm
END: outside Senate House, 1pm
Route: will be published after consultations with the police.
Banner and placard making: details will be posted on this event. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own, but a loud voice is more important than anything else!
One of the main challenges we face is convincing people that fossil fuel divestment is right.
Isn’t divestment hypocritical?
Doesn’t shareholder engagement make more sense?
Won’t investors lose money?
The simple answer to all these questions is: No. Financially, divestment makes sense and morally it is essential.
For a more detailed explanation as to why the University of Cambridge should divest from fossil fuels, check out this article in the Guardian.
Love, Zero Carbon x