Divest-Invest is about challenging the ‘social license’ of fossil fuel companies – those involved with the extraction, production and processing of coal and/or tar sands and/or oil and/or gas - to operate as they currently do, whilst making it possible for renewable initiatives to thrive. In its most literal form the campaign can be understood as pushing for the movement of investments [money] out of stocks, bonds, or investment funds that are unethical or morally ambiguous [divestment/-divest], into positive, socially responsible sectors, such as community energy [reinvestment/-invest].
Divest-Invest raises important questions about what public money should be used for, the role of our educational institutions within society and how to foster a decarbonised world through a just transition - one that doesn’t just benefit the privileged few, but everyone, regardless of race, class, gender, disability, citizenship status and/or sexual or gender identity.
Nearly 50% of all UK universities have joined the global fossil fuel divestment movement since it began in 2013. People and Planet and student activists have been at the forefront of this, and we work closely with them to help build and facilitate the relationships and skills required for campaigns to win.