The Campaign

Our student movement can drive the transition from fossil fuels to renewables.

The fossil fuel divestment campaign has swept the sector with dozens of institutions committing to pulling their investments out of coal, oil and gas. People and Planet (see their full University League, rating on ethics and environmental sustainability) and student activists have been central to this. 

Students are doing this because the fossil fuel industry is driving us towards climate breakdown, while committing some of the world's worst human rights abuses.

Emissions Impossible is about challenging the social license of fossil fuel companies to operate while making it possible for renewables to thrive. It raises vital questions about what public money should be used for, the role of our educational institutions within society and how to foster a just transition to a decarbonised world.

Our research in 2015 found that 44 per cent of students, student officers and staff surveyed believed the UK Government is not taking a lead in addressing climate change and 62 per cent thought that the government is not doing enough to encourage the use of renewable energy.

We also know that 74 per cent of staff and students think that their university should buy renewable energy, and 57 per cent agreed that their university should make a commitment to being powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.

That's why we're campaigning for our universities and colleges to break their links with the destructive fossil fuel industry, and play a leading role in the transition to renewable energy.

We're going to move £100 million of our investments from fossil fuels into renewables. We're not going to allow any new dirty investments in coal, oil or gas. We're going to buy and generate loads of wind, solar and biomass energy.

We're going to create the renewable future we want to see.