Health students – sign the letter to the BMA[/button] It is nearly three years since members of the British Medical Association (BMA) first called for fossil fuel divestment – and yet despite passing a resolution on climate change that referenced divestment in 2014, there has been no commitment made to begin the process. In the intervening period the World Medical Association has passed a resolution calling for its members to divest (of which the BMA is one), the Canadian Medical Association has completed the divestment process, and several major health institutions have begun the process worldwide. Case studies of those that have divested can be found on our dedicated divestment website: fossilfreehealth.org. There is now no excuse for inaction in the face of calls to divest, the ethical argument has only got stronger in the last three years as evidence grows of the health impacts of climate change. Meanwhile the financial argument is made even stronger by the Paris agreement to cut carbon emissions in line with 1.5-2C warming, meaning that most fossil fuel reserves will become ‘stranded assets’.
If you are a health or medical student please support the call by signing this letter, which we’ll send following Global Divestment Week and ahead of this year’s Annual Representatives Meeting in June.