Carbon-fuel divestment movement spreads to medical profession.

TreeAlert (no url): “The British Medical Association (BMA) has today voted to end its investments in fossil fuels, becoming the first health-focused institution in the world to do so.” “Further underlining the growing momentum of the divestment movement around the world, the BMA follows in the footsteps of prestigious universities, over 27 cities, 29 religious institutions and 17 major investment foundations in divesting from dirty energy. Today’s vote highlighted strong support from members of the BMA – the representative body of doctors in the UK – to “transfer their investment from energy companies whose primary business relies upon fossil fuels to those providing renewable energy sources”, and comes on the back of increasing support for fossil fuel divestment within the UK health community. Earlier this year, health charities Medact and Healthy Planet UK launched a campaign calling on UK health organisations to divest from dirty energy, a call which was supported in an editorial in the British Medical Journal. Campaigners hope that today’s vote will put the BMA in a strong position to advocate for other organisations, including other national medical and nursing organisations, to do likewise and end their support for the very companies driving “the greatest global health threat of the 21st century”.