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Cambridge students go on hunger strike in fossil fuel protest

The occupation at Greenwich House Credit: Cambridge Zero Carbon Society

Three students have gone on hunger strike in a bid to force Cambridge University to stop investing in fossil fuel companies.

A further 25 students have also begun an occupation of Greenwich House, where many of the university's administrative offices are based.

The Cambridge Zero Carbon Society is demanding an "immediate commitment to full divestment from fossil fuels by the year 2022".

The protesters say action is needed to address a "climate emergency".

"Two thirds of fossil fuels need to be left in the ground if we are to prevent a global temperature increase of over 2C and climate catastrophe.

"The time window we have to prevent this has almost run out, yet the fossil fuel companies that the University invests in are planning for a five degree future which will cause unprecedented social and ecological breakdown.

– Cambridge Zero Carbon Society

First-year undergraduates Sam Warren-Miell, Ben Margolis and one other began their hunger strike five days ago.

The society said it was "deeply proud" of their actions.

"The coming days will be a difficult experience for us, but whatever action students take now is insignificant in comparison to the suffering of the millions of people in the global south who are already affected by climate change, and the global disaster and broken world we will all see in our lifetimes and that our children will inherit."

– Hunger strikers

In addition to the hunger strike and occupation, 1,250 students have signed a petition calling for the divestment, while 350 academics have written an open letter to the university.