We need a consumer boycott on fossil fuels says Dale Vince, founder of green electricity company Ecotricity, because the divestment campaign on its own isn’t enough to end the demand for fossil fuels.
Vince, who has received an OBE for his services to the environment, adds that in addition to the divestment campaign and a consumer boycott we must eliminate government fossil fuel subsidies. “These three things together will get us to where we need to be,” he said.
Speaking at a Guardian Live debate on divestment last week, Vince argued: “Simply selling shares of a fossil fuel company doesn’t undermine its fundamental business plan. The problem is that we are all demanding fossil fuels and that is what underpins the business plan.”