QUB divestment adds pressure on Churches to do the same
BBC News: QUB to disinvest from fossil fuels after student campaign https://t.co/g7uiJX8kRs @350 @billmckibben#divest #keepitintheground— Stephen Trew (@stephentrew) May 16, 2017
The news that Queen’s University Belfast will divest from fossil fuels is really welcome. It follows a student protest in 2015 that highlighted the issue. The university has a carbon management plan that has been updated to include a policy on investments that aims to divest from fossil fuels by 2025.
Queen’s is following a number of universities in Ireland that have already divested. Maynooth led the way followed by Trinity College and the National University of Ireland Galway. Other notable institutions in Ireland to divest are the Mary Robinson foundation and the Irish Parliament.
Irish churches need to increased ambition to speak out and act for climate justice.