Should Edinburgh University Divest From Fossil Fuels?

Title
Should Edinburgh University Divest From Fossil Fuels?
Speaker(s)
Hosted by: Liz # Cripps; Speaker: Gbenga # Ibikunle; Speaker: Maggie # Chapman
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Date and Time
9th Oct 2014 17:30 -
Location
David Hume Tower
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/jwi/knowledge_exchange/events/2014_2015/should_edinburgh_university_divest_from_fossil_fuels

Should Edinburgh University Divest From Fossil Fuels?

Thursday Oct 9th, 5.30pm

David Human Tower

Speakers:

  • Gbenga Ibikunle, Lecturer in Financial Markets and Deputy Director of the UoE Sustainable Business Initiative
  • Councillor Maggie Chapman, co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party and lecturer in cultural geography, environmental ethics and social justice at Napier University. 

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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 naïve?

 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.

Speakers:

  • Gbenga Ibikunle, Lecturer in Financial Markets and Deputy Director of the UoE Sustainable Business Initiative
  • Councillor Maggie Chapman, co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party and lecturer in cultural geography, environmental ethics and social justice at Napier University. 

The debate will be chaired by Prof. Elizabeth Cripps, Associate Director of the Just World Institute.

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.

Please note:

This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties.

For any further information please contact the organiser.