Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Should the University divest from fossil fuels?

Please join us for this Ethics Forum public event on divestment and the role of educational institutions in the move towards climate justice.


Divestment would send a powerful message from one of the world's top universities and the UK's third richest. But is it the University's place, as a public institution, to send such a message?

The University is committed to taking ethical concerns seriously when choosing its portfolio, but how far should it go in this regard? Campaigners are lobbying hard for Edinburgh and other universities to divest from the fossil fuel industry. The campaigners argue that the fossil fuel industry not only directly causes climate change but also uses its political influence to stall government action to address the issue.

Would divestment not undermine Edinburgh's ability to achieve the secure financial future it needs to go on serving its students and faculty? Would it not be better for Edinburgh to campaign from within the fossil fuel industry as an active investor? Or is the idea that active investment can achieve results itself political naive?

Join us for an engaging debate from two key speakers with extensive expertise, who will debate the important decisions being discussed in the University's investment strategy. The debate will be chaired by Prof. Elizabeth Cripps.

The Ethics Forum is being organized in partnership with the Just World Institute and the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

Doors open at 5.15 pm.

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Oct 9 2014 17:30 - 19:30

Should the University divest from fossil fuels?

Entry is on a first come first served basis. If you are late, we cannot guarantee your place.
This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties.

Faculty Room South, David Hume Tower, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JX