University of St. Andrews divests from fossil fuels
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Following their 17-month student campaign, Fossil Free St Andrews has announced that the university has just joined an increasing number of British institutions in divesting completely from fossil fuel operations. As of November last year 25% of British universities had already taken this significant step, with many more pledged to do the same. Behind this campaign is 350.org: a grassroots movement which organises climate-oriented projects around the world. Their central aims are to keep carbon in the ground, to help construct a low-carbon economy and to pressurise governments into limiting emissions. 350.org has projects in almost every country and its online presence has been key in creating mass mobilisation for climate change issues. The group’s name, “350”, refers to the safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in parts per million (ppm): the current global average is approximately 400 ppm. The impact of this ever-increasing figure will be devastating to biodiversity, food security and much more. 350.org’s “Fossil Free” campaign has drawn global interest as it confronts major educational, religious and social organisations which profit from fossil fuel investments. These institutions, premised on the concept of serving and benefitting society, are being accused of behind-the-scenes funding of fossil fuel operations - an ultimately destructive process.
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