Greens in Surrey have responded with delight to news that Surrey University will divest from fossil fuels. Following a campaign by students and staff, the University has announced its decision to divest from fossil fuels – the first University in the UK to do so this academic year.
Green Party member Peter Sims, of Surrey University People & Planet Society, said:
“This is huge. Having campaigned on this issue for so long I am delighted that the university has decided to lead the way by becoming the first university this academic year to divest from fossil fuels. I now urge the university to amend its Ethical Investment Policy and make a public statement supporting the campaign.”
Tom Pashby, National Young Greens Campaigns Officer said:
"It’s brilliant news that Surrey University has chosen to divest from fossil fuels and set an example to other Universities in the South East. This December, global leaders will come together to discuss how we can collectively tackle climate change, and it’s fantastic to hear that Surrey University has joined institutions across the world who are taking their own steps to divest from fossil fuels and take action on climate change".
“I call on all of our Universities in the South East and beyond to make the same decision. This is exactly the kind of action we need to see happening to stop catastrophic climate change, and our education institutions should be at the fore of that campaign.”
1) Further information on the decision can be found, here: https://surreypeopleandplanet.wordpress.com/author/surreypandp/
2) Surrey University is now the 8th University to commit to divesting from fossil fuels: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2431046/university-of-surrey-set-to-divest-from-fossil-fuels
3) Campaigner Peter Sims will be speaking on the issue of divestment at Surrey on 25th November in Dorking: http://www.segreens.com/climate_sense_surrey