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MSPs and Nobel Laureates join Fossil Free Occupation, Edinburgh Uni
Franklin Ginn 19 May 2015
A student sit-in on the street outside the occupation today. The University have hired private security to block access to the building. Image: Ric Lander.
After seven days at least 40 students are still occupying a central management building in protest at Edinburgh University’s announcement last week that it would not divest its holdings in fossil fuel companies.
The occupation was visited today by John Finnie MSP, member of the Scottish Greens, and Director of WWF Scotland Lang Banks. Alison Johnstone MSP and Greens Co-convenor Maggie Chapman have also spent time with the occupation, as has Nobel Prize winning economist Professor Graciela Chichilnisky (all pictured below).
My piece on the inspiring rise of the fossil fuel divestment campaign!
Fossil fuel companies use their economic clout to sow doubt about climate science. They lobby for generous subsidies and flout indigenous rights. They commission toys and sponsor art at the Tate, the British Museum, the Royal Shakespeare Company and other cultural institutions to normalise the presence of big oil in our everyday lives … The divestment movement confronts the core logic – license, extract, profit – of fossil fuel companies. One key tactic to make it harder for companies to extract carbon is to erode their political legitimacy.