The Rhodes Must Fall movement accused the University of Cape Town of having blood on its hands for investing in the mining company Lonmin.
Universities have the power to transform society not just through how they operate their campuses, but also through how they invest their endowments and pensions funds.
Grassroots protest is driving the divestment campaign.
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The pressure for organisations to divest from fossil fuels is coming from institutions with relatively little financial clout. But soon the richest and most powerful will have no choice but to join in.
La Trobe University becomes the first in Australia to move towards fossil fuel divestment after pressure from students, staff and alumni.
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La Trobe University is the first Australian university to commit to divesting fully from fossil fuels, but will it have any impact?
Green progress? The ANU needs to dig deeper on divestment.
The Paris climate deal has supposedly sent a signal to the wider world that now is the time to pull out of fossil fuel investments. Universities can set the pace – but they need to do more.