This briefing by Dr David McCoy provides a structured and detailed examination of the arguments used by Jeremy Farrar (Wellcome Trust) and Charlie Jeffery (University of Edinburgh) to support continued investment in fossil fuel companies and ‘stakeholder engagement’.

Download: Divestment is No Grand Gesture [PDF]

Further reading:

A condensed version of this briefing was also published on BMJ blogs and is available on our own website.

The case for divestment by the health community has also been supported by this Editorial in The BMJ, published 25 June 2015.

If you are a health professional of any kind, or a health academic, you can support and join the divestment movement by adding your name to this open letter to the Wellcome Trust, hosted by The Guardian.

David McCoy

David McCoy

Director at Medact
David is a public health physician and academic. He spent his first fifteen years working in clinical medicine and health systems development, mostly in South Africa. Since then he has been based in London, working on various aspects of global health, and as a public health specialist in the NHS where he was a Director of Public Health in London. He is currently split between a post at Queen Mary’s University London and his position as Director of Medact.

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