An Taisce supports call for Trinity to divest from Fossil Fuel

15th March 2016
Press Release

An Taisce has joined renowned Irish and international public figures, including Noam Chomsky, John Sweeney and Fr. Sean McDonagh in support of a number of Trinity College Academics calling for the Trinity College Board to divest from its €6.1 million holdings in fossil fuel companies.

Trinity College would become the first university in Ireland to completely divest from fossil fuels, a step which has already been taken by hundreds of prominent universities, foundations and governmental organisations all around the world.

Charles Stanley-Smith An Taisce’s Communications Officer stated “An Taisce continues to support the Global Divestment Campaign and welcomes the move by Trinity Academics in their call for Trinity College to divest from its holdings in fossil fuel companies.”

He continued “The scientific consensus is that in order to meet a 2°C target the major part of existing fuel deposits must be kept in the ground. The ambitious 1.5°C target of Cop21 Paris will require total decarbonisation by 2050”.

Former An Taisce President, Prof. John Sweeney signed because ‘It is time for institutions like Trinity to adopt a position of moral leadership and divest from fossil fuels’.

ENDS

Charles Stanley-Smith, Communications, An Taisce Tel: +353 87 241 1995
email: publicaffairs@antaisce.org
An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland
www.antaisce.org

Notes:

  1. Open letter on behalf of TCD Fossil Free Group https://www.flickr.com/photos/140170080@N05/25782962075/in/shares-1o571Q/
  2. Press Release on behalf of TCD Fossil Free Group https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzaoNo80zkUlcnVzUzY4TXZxeWs/view
  3. An Taisce’ 2015 Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign http://www.antaisce.org/articles/irish-institutions-and-churches-invited-to-make-fossil-fuels-history