Students In Edinburgh Are Protesting For a Fossil Free University
Students belonging to the University of Edinburgh’s People and Planet group have started a protest in a bid to put pressure on the university to divest from fossil fuels. This is the second time in the last twelve months that they have occupied university buildings, campaigning to “end world poverty, defend human rights, and protect the environment.”
In a bid to encourage the university to stop “reinvesting in any companies that attain more than five per cent of their profit from fossil fuel or arms”, the students have been occupying Charles Stewart House since the start of the week.
The group are calling for the University of Edinburgh to “fully divest from all fossil fuel companies.”
— Ed Uni People&Planet (@EdUniPandP) April 4, 2016
The occupation has been picking up momentum throughout the week, spreading to different parts of the university and attracting the attention and support of students and members of parliament alike.
The students have taken the protest to the Old College building today and were yesterday paid a visit by the co-leader of the Scottish Green Party, Patrick Harvie.
Responding to the protest, the Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) released a statement saying it “fully supports” the campaign for the university to divest from arms and fossil fuels and that the campaign itself “deserves credit for keeping these issues at the top of the agenda of senior management.”
In their only response so far, a spokesperson from the University of Edinburgh said: “We are committed to using our finances to make a significant, sustainable, and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK, and the world.”
The students are committed to continuing the occupation until the following demands have been met.
— Mary Hanlon (@maryhanlon) April 6, 2016