Pressure To Divest From Fossil Fuels Shifts To Health Organizations

Oct 28, 2016

The World Medical Association is urging health organizations around the globe to take their money out of fossil fuels. Two of the region's largest medical institutions still hold stock in fossil fuel companies.

The Canadian Medical Association has already divested all of its holdings from fossil fuel companies.

But on this side of the border, things are moving slower.

A spokesperson from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Upper Valley's largest employer and medical provider, says while the question has been on the board's agenda, there is no immediate plan to take its money out of fossil fuel stocks. He declined to comment further.

The UVM Medical Center also still has traditional investments in fossil fuel companies.

But its spokesperson says the next investment committee meeting will address the broader topic of environmental, social and governance investing.

That will include the question of whether or not to take their money out of fossil fuel companies.