Fossil Free QUB stage a sit in to raise the issue of Fossil Fuel divestment

This caught my eye last night, but over the past few weeks a group called Fossil Free QUB have staged a number of protests about the issue of the university divesting from Fossil Fuels.

However, last night the group have occupied the Administration Building on the campus and have vowed now to leave until the university acts on this issue.

Here is an update from day one;

Day 1 UpdateWe’re heading to bed now, but we wanted to give you a quick check-in and say thank you for all the support today, it’s been amazing!

Posted by Fossil Free QUB on Friday, December 11, 2015

The group have recieved support from the Green party both locally and in the rest of the UK with party leader, Natalie Bennett offering support for the sit in.

I’m not totally sold on the groups agenda, but interesting to see activism around bread and butter issues like this.

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  • SeaanUiNeill

    Congal, neat diversion. If you were reading scientific papers instead of simply grabbing surface facts and using them suggestively to apparently “support” what in fact they do not support, you’d not have quoted this, having grasped that many other factors that influence the “gestalt” and these have inhibited water expansion and ice cap melting, but are no longer present today owing to the effects on the upper atmosphere of carbon emissions. I repeat, as I did with the Carlisle flood comments, please look at all the relevant facts instead of using these thin arguments to try and “win” a superficial point. This is a serious issue that effects the lives we and our descendants will be compelled to lead should we even survive, not a game of conkers to be “won” with a few tricks.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    “Change happens”, yes chris…

    Try explaining it to the dinosaurs……

  • congal claen

    Hi Sean,
    I don’t think it’s a diversion at all. What is so special about the next 1C rise as opposed to the last one?

  • SeaanUiNeill

    This debate really requires access to academic papers to allow the argument of points. The temperature rise is not a stand alone, it is part of a complex alteration in climate pattern that has been developing over some time, and into which many factors platy. without recourse to proper research links, I’d simply mention the terms “greenhouse effect” and suggest that the effect of critical levels of CO2 (increasing now 100 times faster than at the end of the last ice age) since the industrial revolution are now creating an increased curve effect between air and water temperature. It’s not just an increase of temperature in an otherwise static world. You are grasping at single factors and ignoring the far more complex pattern of cause and effect that proper research is examining.

    You really need to examine the research carefully. I’m reluctant to post the long 1000/3000 word answers that would be needed to give a whole picture, when all you have to do is actually examine the evidence instead of taking a “difficult questions easy answers” approach to something that cannot actually be made to fit that hold.