Author: Olly Wicks

FEATURE: Climate Action at UoL (Part 1)

This feature was originally published in our 2018/19 print edition (March 29). THINK ABOUT THE PLANET JANET! Our University currently invests £11,812,131 in fossil fuels. This includes £3.8m in BP, £3.1m in Shell, and £2.2m in BHP Billiton. There has been no commitment to divestment. This is despite an ‘Environmental Policy Statement’ in which our Vice-Chancellor Janet Beer claims the university is dedicated to managing its operations in ways that are ‘environmentally sustainable’. This is clearly mouth service from our grossly overpaid VC, and behind her the University continues to profit from the destruction of the planet. In our...

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History lecturers call on University of Liverpool to end fossil fuel investment

Today, academics from the Department of History endorsed the Guild of Students’ ‘Fossil Free’ campaign, calling on the University of Liverpool to end their investment in fossil fuel companies such as Shell and BP. “The University needs to align with forward thinking universities across the country.” said Dr Diana Jeater, senior lecturer in African History, referring to the 71 British Universities that have already committed to divestment from the fossil fuel industry. What is the Fossil Free campaign? Investing in fossil fuels funds climate change, which is widely regarded as the biggest and most destructive issue that the world...

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Painful irony as eco-friendly world leaders visit University of Liverpool

There was a cheerful atmosphere amongst the crowds on a mild Tuesday morning in February as HRH the Prince of Wales and Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, arrived at the University of Liverpool. These two leaders are linked to exceptional efforts to care for for the environment: Prince Charles has initiated the Prince’s Rainforest Project and the International Sustainability Unit, and last year Ireland became the world’s first country to divest from fossil fuel investment. It is painfully ironic that they’re visiting the University of Liverpool, because UoL has put millions of pounds into the very problem...

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RMT Railway Workers Strike to Protest Guardless Trains

Outside Liverpool Lime Street station this morning, a troop of Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union workers are on strike. They are protesting Arriva Rail North’s decision to axe on-board guards on Northern Rail trains in 2020, leaving the driver responsible for the safety of all passengers. Strike action will mainly affect trains after 5pm. Alan Gibbons, secretary of the Liverpool Walton Constituency Labour Party (CLP), was present in support of the industrial action. This morning, he told The Sphinx about the dangers he believes guard cuts could bring about: “RMT guards have prevented sexual assault on a number...

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