Guardian takes the lead: the campaign for divesting from fossil fuel companies is under way, launched by Alan Rusbridger, the editor-in-chief of the Guardian.
Coal, oil and gas cannot continue to be burned without most harmful consequences for our planet, says Mr. Rusbridger, who calls out several people of high importance to divest from the fossil fuel industry.
Divestment is the opposite of investment – it is the removal of stocks, bonds or funds from certain sectors or companies.
Alan Rusbridger appeals directly to Bill and Melinda Gates, founders of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Jeremy Farrar and Sir William Castell, director and chair of the Wellcome Trust (a biomedical research charity based in UK).
The awareness has to spread across the world, opines Mr. Rusbridger, and calls out to sign the petition.
Before you sign, retweet and spread the news (the petition itself is at the bottom), make sure, of course, to read the article by Mr. Rusbridger and a couple of additional materials on fossil fuel industry I’m adding below, in order to form your own opinion on the matter.
- “The argument for divesting from fossil fuels is becoming overwhelming”, by Alan Rusbridger. Click here to read:
- “What are fossil fuels?” – a brief leaflet by University of Colorado Boulder, on nature of fossil fuel types and their environmental effect http://www.colorado.edu/ecenter/energy-us/fossil-fuels ; http://www.colorado.edu/ecenter/general-info/climate-change
- Two highly interesting articles on fossil fuels and climate change from SkepticalScience: