Author Archives: Ric Lander

About Ric Lander

Ric Lander is Finance Campaigner at Friends of the Earth Scotland supporting their work to divest from fossil fuels and invest sustainably.

St. Andrews are speeding towards being 100% fossil free

Scotland’s third wealthiest university at St. Andrews in Fife have announced they no longer hold any investments in fossil fuel companies. The University publishes a list of its investments annually, and for the first time the list includes no oil, … Continue reading

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Challenging money and power: fossil free short films

Want to learn a bit more about fossil fuels, climate change, and the campaign to divest in Scotland? We’ve pulled together this list of excellent short films you can watch right now:

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A third of Scottish Universities divest as Abertay and UWS join the party

Student campaigning organisation People & Planet published the results of their University League today, confirming that two further Scottish universities have divested entirely from fossil fuels. University of the West of Scotland and Dundee’s Abertay University have pledged not to … Continue reading

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Let’s reinvest Scottish pension funds in communities

Last weekend I had a stand at ‘Idea Space’, a political festival run by Common Weal to share progressive ideas for how Scotland can prosper, become more equal, and be a good global citizen. Timed to take place alongside the … Continue reading

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Divesting from fossil fuels as we leave the EU

On 23 June the UK voted to leave the European Union. Given the EU’s role in negotiating carbon quotas, driving renewable energy and regulating manufacturing it’s clear that this decision will have wide ranging ramifications for the fight against climate … Continue reading

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Church of Scotland gets divesting

In May the Church of Scotland voted to stop investing in energy companies causing the worst climate pollution: producers of tar sands, a highly destructive form of oil extraction, and coal. A petition begun by Church of Scotland members calling … Continue reading

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It’s time for a fossil free Church of Scotland

On Tuesday 24th May the Church of Scotland votes on whether to start moving their money out of fossil fuels. As a major Scottish organisation the Church of Scotland can show moral leadership on climate change by rejecting dirty energy … Continue reading

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RBS ends investment in tar sands!

A Guardian investigation revealed on Sunday that the Royal Bank of Scotland, one of the world’s largest banks, has hugely reduced its investments in fossil fuels, including all finance for the deeply damaging tar sands in Canada.

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Offsetting mega-mining: nature for sale in Madagascar

Previously on the Friends of the Earth Scotland blog we have looked at a company called Rio Tinto – a global mining giant and major coal producer – as an example of the kind of unsustainable company that we shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Campaign stories: International Festival drops BP

It was announced today that the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) is no longer taking sponsorship from BP: a great victory which draws to a close an inspiring 10 month campaign. The EIF’s shunning of BP means the Festival is now … Continue reading

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