At the Open University Students Association, students from the People and Planet Society have been campaigning for the university to divest from fossil fuels, with a #FossilFreeOU campaign. We are delighted to report that their campaign has been a sucess.
People and Planet is a student network fighting for climate, worker and migrant justice from UK universities. They provide resources for political education, strategic organising and action.
After news on October 27 that the OU will be divesting from fossil fuels just days before the much anticipated COP26 gathering in Glasgow, the Association’s People and Planet society have provided the following statement:
“We are thrilled that Open University has taken the decision to divest from fossil fuels after our student-led Fossil Free OU campaign.
“This commitment by the OU comes just in time for COP26 which will place a spotlight on the role of finance in helping to address the climate crisis.
“By divesting from fossil fuels, the OU backs up its teaching, research and public engagement on the environment, for example making documentaries with Greta Thunberg.
“This win is testament to the power of the student voice and activism. We would like to massively thank everyone who helped bring about this result.
“We hope that this decision by the UK’s largest university (by student number) will encourage the 40% of UK universities yet to divest, to follow suit.”