To: University Council

University of Bradford: Divest from Fossil Fuels

University of Bradford: Divest from Fossil Fuels

We welcome the University of Bradford's existing efforts to cut its own use of fossil fuels through investment in award-winning sustainable campus infrastructure. We also welcome the Vice Chancellor's decision to prioritise 'Sustainable Societies' as one of the University's key research themes.

We believe that the University's reputation as an institution committed to sustainability would be further strengthened by a decision to divest from fossil fuels, a commitment that a number of other Universities in the UK and around the world have already made.

We ask the University to do the following:

- screen for and exclude the fossil fuel industry from its investment portfolio
- immediately freeze any new investment in fossil fuel companies
- divest from the fossil fuel industry and shift funds to lower risk, ethical investments within 5 years.

Why is this important?

To a significant extent, the future of students currently studying at the University of Bradford will be shaped by contemporary responses to the threat of dangerous climate change. We believe that it is the University's responsibility to do all within its power to contribute to solutions to the climate crisis that fully respect the conclusions of climate science, and that are in line with principles of equity and justice.

University of Bradford, Richmond Road, Bradford, United Kingdom

Reasons for signing

  • My dad was the first Vice-Chancellor, so I follow events at Bradford University with a somewhat proptrietorial interest (can't help it…we discussed the day to day goings on at mealtimes! It was both entertaining and interesting). Ted took a keen interest in the Student Movement, feeling it was their duty to protest against injustice, poor political decisions etc etc…am sure he'd have been keen to back this campaign.
  • As a graduate of Bradford University I would like to see it doing more to reduce the impact of climate change. Lots of other universities are divesting, including the one where I am now employed. Come on Bradford, you can do it!

Updates

2016-12-21 08:13:24 -0500

50 signatures reached

2016-12-10 19:43:05 -0500

25 signatures reached

2015-12-10 13:14:38 -0500

10 signatures reached