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Fossil Free Declaration

In partnership with NUS, People & Planet has developed the Fossil Free Declaration. By signing this, universities are affirming their current fossil free status, as well as their commitment to remaining so in the future.

So far 23 universities have signed the declaration:

Does your university have no current investments in fossil fuels? Check out our Fossil Free Scorecards to find out. If they don't have fossil fuel investments - but haven't signed the declaration yet - here are 2 things you should do:

1. Contact your Vice-Chancellor / Principal / Director of Finance and ask them to sign the declaration

2. Start a Fossil Free petition to get more students and staff onboard.

>>insert name of institution<< has no investments in extractor fossil fuel companies, such as Royal Dutch Shell and BP, and commits to ensuring that they will be excluded from any future investments we make.

This is because we want to protect the future of all of our students – past, current and future - by committing to safeguarding a liveable climate for all.

In December 2015, 195 countries committed to a legally binding international commitment to keep global warming between 1.5 and 2 degrees – the first deal of its kind. Given that the fossil fuel industry is a leading contributor to climate change - with just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global carbon emissions - we feel that cutting ties is a common sense decision.

Universities exist for the public good, from conducting life-changing research to educating the global citizens and leaders of tomorrow. Furthermore, they are at the forefront of climate change research. As such we think it’s important we do not invest in an industry that has 5 times more reserves than it is safe to burn to stay within the parameters of 1.5 and 2 degrees of global warming.

We acknowledge that more than half of all UK Higher Education institutions have thus far committed to divest from these corporations in some way and we wish to add our voice to this growing movement.

Our university is a globally responsible institution and commits to remaining fossil free as an act of solidarity with the frontline and Indigenous communities disproportionately impacted by both climate change and the extractivist projects of fossil fuel companies.

We view this decision as us embracing our role as globally significant entities and reflective of our desire to be a part of the just transition to a low-carbon world.

We hope that many more of our fellow educational institutions will join us.

To this effect, the university declares that:

  • It currently holds no investments in extractor fossil fuel companies.
  • It will never invest in these companies.


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