RCGP to stop investing in fossil fuel companiesBMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3302 (Published 27 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3302
- Zosia Kmietowicz
The Royal College of General Practitioners has decided to cease any investment in fossil fuels, a key contributor to climate change.
The RCGP is the UK’s largest medical royal college, with more than 52 000 members. It is also a leading member of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change and has long recognised the effects that climate change can have on the environment—and its adverse effects on patients’ health.
A spokesperson said that the college invested 4% of its £10.7m (€12m; $14.1) portfolio last year in fossil fuels.
The college’s chair, Helen Stokes-Lampard, said, “Climate change is a clear risk to the health and wellbeing of our patients, with recent research estimating 50 million predicted years of life lost across Great Britain …