British Medical Association votes to divest from fossil fuels


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”.



MT ‏@HCWHeurope British doctors make history as @TheBMA becomes 1st national medical org to divest from fossil fuels & switch to renewables


  • Campaign to support: Fossil Free Health (Medact & Healthy Planet UK)
  • Hashtag to use: #ARMlive, #Divestment, #FossilFree
  • Account to tweet: @theBMA



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  • “Climate change has profound implications for human health, as does the air pollution produced by fossil fuels. By adding the voice of health professionals, this decision will add considerable momentum to the international movement for divestment from fossil fuels.” – Medical student and Healthy Planet UK Coordinator, Isobel Braithwaite
  • “We need a completely and radically different and sustainable pattern of energy production and consumption. Shifting money away from the fossil fuel industry is an important step in that direction. In the same way that ethical investors choose not to profit from tobacco and arm sales, the health community worldwide is correctly calling for divestment from another set of harmful activities.” – David McCoy, public health doctor and Chair of Medact
  • “Never before have we known so much and done so little. Failing to act decisively and quickly on climate change will inevitably cause great suffering and have potentially catastrophic consequences.” – Leading physicians and medical scientists writing in The Times, 29th March 2014
  • “We should push our own organisations to divest from fossil fuel industries completely and as quickly as possible, reinvest in renewable energy sources, and move to “renewable” energy suppliers.” – Editorial in the British Medical Journal, 26th March 2014

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