Australian Academy of Science divests from fossil fuel

Another divestment domino has fallen, with the Australian Academy of Science announcing this morning it will divest from fossil fuel interests.

Fossil fuel divestment advocacy organisation 350.org congratulated the academy on its decision to join the list of more than 450 global institutions that have divested from companies on environmental grounds.

“Comprising 450 of Australia’s leading scientists, many of whom research and teach on climate change, it makes perfect sense that the Academy divests from the industry driving the climate crisis,” 350.org Australia campaigns director Charlie Wood said.

Academy President Professor Andrew Holmes made the announcement this morning at the Greenhouse 2015 climate conference in Hobart.

“We hope his leadership brushes off on the University of Tasmania where students are in the midst of a 2-week sit-in over the University’s refusal to divest, despite 2 years of campaigning from students and staff,” Wood said.

Image: CSIRO

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