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Will fossil fuel divestment take root in South Africa? | Waging Nonviolence

Arnot Power Station is a coal-fired power plant in Middelburg, South Africa. (Wikimedia Commons / Gerhard Roux)

Arnot Power Station is a coal-fired power plant in Middelburg, South Africa. (Wikimedia Commons / Gerhard Roux)

When the famously oil-rich Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced last month that it would be ridding its nearly $1 billion portfolio of fossil fuel investments, it was not only a coup for the student-led divestment movement that began a couple years earlier in the United States, but also further recognition of the South African anti-apartheid struggle, whose successful use of the tactic served as inspiration.

In a recent article for The Guardian, Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote, “Just as we argued in the 1980s that those who conducted business with apartheid South Africa were aiding and abetting an immoral system, we can say that nobody should profit from the rising temperatures, seas and human suffering caused by the burning of fossil fuels.”

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