Fossil Free SOAS is a campaign group founded to lobby the university to remove its investments in coal, oil and gas companies. We are part of a global network of thousands of Fossil Free campaigns that have sprung up at universities, local governments, and religious institutions across the world over the past two years—the fastest-growing divestment movement ever. We hope to follow in the footsteps of the apartheid divestment campaigns, to use the power of divestment in our institutions to push for political change.
We had a very successful first year of engaging with university officials, which has resulted in the university placing a freeze on new fossil fuel investments, and committing to a decisional meeting in November 2014. We are now working to ensure a positive result is reached, and in the coming months to build increased support and awareness amongst students & staff. If we are successful this autumn, we would be first university in the UK to divest—setting a key precedent for the dozens of other university campaigns across the country. Together, these campaigns can provide a big push towards the clean energy transition we so desperately need.
We are also campaigning to increase awareness of climate change and other environmental issues at SOAS, particularly as relates to African and Asian cultures, and traditional areas of SOAS study such as development, conflict and migration. We hold events that foster discussion of these issues amongst the SOAS community, exploring what role SOAS can play as society develops its response to the looming reality of climate change.
Please join us!
Our first meeting of the autumn 2014 term is on Wednesday, October 1st at 6.30 PM, in Room T102 (21-22 Russell Square).
After that, we meet every Monday at 6.30 PM, in Room 279 (main building).