On Tuesday 28 February, the Convocation of the University of Cape Town overwhelmingly passed a non-binding motion for the university to rid itself of all investments in fossil fuels within five years. Should the university council agree to this motion, it would make UCT the first African University to formally commit to divesting from fossil fuels.
FOSSIL FREE SOUTH AFRICA!
In the fight for climate justice, from May 5-13, we’re calling on South Africans to demand that their universities, faith based institutions, and municipalities do the right thing: divest for a fossil free future.
DELAYING ACTION MEANS LOCKING IN TECHNOLOGIES, INFRASTRUCTURE AND BEHAVIOUR THAT WILL BE MORE COSTLY TO REVERSE AT SCALE LATER!
2016 was the hottest year on record, and the impacts of the fossil fuel industry are taking a higher toll on vulnerable communities in South Africa and globally. With protracted droughts and extreme heatwaves, we know we are moving far too slowly in the face of rapidly increasing risk around climate change and fossil fuel investments.
This May, we’re taking action across South Africa, and globally, to demand that individuals and our institutions do what is necessary for climate action by divesting from fossil fuels.
This moment presents an invigorated urgency and leadership to the movements partners in South Africa, and an urgent challenge to our institutions to step into their leadership by divesting from fossil fuels and its impacts on people and the planet.
Join the Global Divestment Mobilisation – be the change now!