The British Medical Association (BMA) has voted to end its investments in the fossil fuel industry making it the first medical organization in the world to do so. It will look to instead invest in renewable energy
The proposal to divest from fossil fuels was passed at the BMA’s annual meeting in June. The organization is the representative body for UK doctors.
Simon Bullock, a senior campaigner for Friends of the Earth, said, “More and more institutions are divesting from fossil fuels as climate change impacts grow. It’s fantastic that doctors are leading from the front on this critical public health issue.”
The motion was put forward on the basis that climate change presents “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century,” as described in a report by the UCL-Lancet Commission in 2009.
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