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Fossil free declaration

In partnership with People & Planet, NUS has developed the Fossil Free Declaration. By signing this, universities are affirming their current fossil free status, as well as their commitment to remaining so in the future.

Students stand with Vice Chancellor holding signs with red crosses over the words Fossil Fuel

Has your university signed it yet? Congratulations to those that have!

The Fossil Free Declaration is part of the second ask of our campaign. It has been co-created with People & Planet and is for those institutions who already do not have fossil fuel investments. By affirming their current fossil free status, as well as committing to remaining so in the future, these institutions join the global fossil fuel divestment movement.

HOW TO GET YOUR UNIVERSITY TO SIGN

If you'd like to see your university amongst the names below, then here are two actions you can take:

1. Get in touch with your Finance Director and/or Vice-Chancellor to ask them to sign the declaration.

2. Set up a Fossil Free petition and start building support across your institution. 

THE DECLARATION

>>insert name of institution<< has no investments in extractor fossil fuel companies, such as Royal Dutch Shell and BP, and commits to ensuring that they will be excluded from any future investments we make.

This is because we want to protect the future of all of our students – past, current and future - by committing to safeguarding a liveable climate for all.

In December 2015, 195 countries committed to a legally binding international commitment to keep global warming between 1.5 and 2 degrees – the first deal of its kind. Given that the fossil fuel industry is a leading contributor to climate change - with just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global carbon emissions - we feel that cutting ties is a common sense decision.

Universities exist for the public good, from conducting life-changing research to educating the global citizens and leaders of tomorrow. Furthermore, they are at the forefront of climate change research. As such we think it’s important we do not invest in an industry that has 5 times more reserves than it is safe to burn to stay within the parameters of 1.5 and 2 degrees of global warming. 

We acknowledge that more than half of all UK Higher Education institutions have thus far committed to divest from these corporations in some way and we wish to add our voice to this growing movement.

Our university is a globally responsible institution and commits to remaining fossil free as an act of solidarity with the frontline and indigenous communities disproportionately impacted by both climate change and the extractivist projects of fossil fuel companies. 

We view this decision as us embracing our role as globally significant entities and reflective of our desire to be a part of the just transition to a low-carbon world. 

We hope that many more of our fellow educational institutions will join us.

To this effect, the university declares that:

  • It currently holds no investments in extractor fossil fuel companies.

  • It will never invest in these companies.

Signed,

  • Anglia Ruskin University signed by Professor Iain Martin, Vice-Chancellor.
  • Buckinghamshire New University signed by Professor Rebecca Bunting, Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University signed by Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor and Principal.
  • Leeds Trinity University signed by Professor Margaret House, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ray Lloyd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, David Butcher, Director of Finance and Phill Dixon, Chief Operating Officer.
  • Newman University signed by Professor J Scott Davidson, Vice-Chancellor.
  • Nottingham Trent University signed by Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor. 
  • Southampton Solent University, signed by Professor Karen Stanton, Vice-Chancellor.
  • University of Bedfordshire signed by Bill Rammell, Vice-Chancellor.
  • University of Chester signed by Adrian Lee, University Secretary.
  • University of the Creative Arts signed by Alan Cooke, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
  • University of Cumbria signed by David Chesser, Chief Operating Officer.
  • University of Winchester signed by Professor Joy Carter DL, Vice-Chancellor.
  • Wrexham Glyndŵr University signed by Professor Maria Hinfelaar, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive.
  • Writtle University College signed by Catriona Wood, Director of Business and Finance.
  • York St John University signed by Professor Karen Stanton, Vice-Chancellor.

Not sure if your university is already fossil free? Check out People & Planet's Fossil Fuel Scorecards to find out.

To sign the Fossil Free Declaration, get in touch!