May Boeve speaks on the global climate and fossil fuel divestment movements
May Boeve is the executive director of 350.org, the grass roots global climate movement that three years ago initiated the fastest-growing divestment movement in history, working to stop climate change through the stigmatisation of the fossil fuel industry through fossil fuel divestment. Recent additions to the divestment movement include the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Rockefeller philanthropies, the World Council of Churches and the Guardian newspaper. They join dozens of universities, and hundreds of cities, faith communities and foundations that have already committed to fossil fuel divestment. As executive director of 350.org, May succeeds Bill McKibben who, together with 350.org, was a recipient of the ‘alternative Nobel prize’, the Right Livelihood Award for 2014. May was recently profiled by the Guardian, which hailed her as the ‘new face of the climate change movement’.